Risk Management

Peer-To-Peer Peril: How Peer-To-Peer Sharing Impacts Vendor Risk and Security Benchmarking

Provided by BitSight Technologies

Category Risk Management

Type White Paper

Length 12

Publish Date December 24 2015

Date posted January 08 2016


Is Illegal File Sharing Occurring Within Your or Your Vendors’ Cyber Ecosystem?

While many businesses have policies in place that prohibit employees from peertopeer file sharing in the office, BitSight has learned that this activity occurs on a significant percentage of company networks. Beyond the dangers of downloading copyrighted material and breaking corporate policies, employees that engage in peer to peer file sharing could be bringing malware onto corporate networks without their knowledge.

BitSight recently observed the networks of 30,700 companies across all industries and found 23% of organizations were using the BitTorrent protocol for peertopeer file sharing. Among these companies, BitSight also observed that 43% of torrented applications contained malicious software. In this report you will learn:

  • About the correlation between peertopeer file sharing activity and botnet infections
  • Which industries excel in mitigating the risks of file sharing
  • How P2P file sharing activity impacts security ratings, and why monitoring file sharing for third parties is crucial



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