Security Pair Work to Protect P2P Users
Check Point and McAfee.com announce security initiatives that will protect users of peer-to-peer applications.Security vendors, beginning to take the spread of peer-to-peer applications seriously, are marshaling their forces on two fronts in an effort to protect both P2P users and their employers. Check Point Software Technologies Inc. and McAfee.com Corp. this week have announced new P2P security initiatives, taking different tacks in their quest to catch up to the boom in file-sharing applications. The security vendors are more than a little late to the P2P party. Applications such as Napster, Kazaa, Grokster and others have been popular with music-loving Internet users for several years, and many users take advantage of their employers high-speed connections to download files at work.
This activity not only eats up expensive bandwidth, but also presents several potential security problems. Chief among these issues is the possibility of a worm or virus burrowing into the corporate network via an infected file downloaded from a file-sharing network. There have been several viruses in the last year that specifically targeted P2P applications.