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Peer-to-Peer Poses Security Problems

While some companies may believe peer-to-peer file swapping is not a serious threat to their networks, security experts are warning that such practices gobble up corporate bandwidth, consume considerable disk space, and could result in major security risks. A recent report released by Ottawa-based AssetMetrix Research Labs, a provider of managed services for PC inventory and IT analysis, looked at the problems associated with P2P downloading and found that 77 percent of P2P applications resided on desktop systems. Some of the more common applications found included music-related apps such as Kazaa and Morpheus. Not a single company that had over 500 PCs was free of P2P applications, the report found. The study examined approximately 175,000 PCs from over 560 corporations, 10 percent of which were in Canada. Full Story

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