This technology shows promise and could revolutionize the way that computers communicate. Over the past several...
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
years, however, peer-to-peer networking has taken a PR hit, as it has been used to illegally share music files and violate copyright laws, drawing the wrath of the music publishing industry, especially the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Music sharing aside though, there are still plenty of legal applications of P2P technology, including collaborative file sharing and computational resource pooling.
P2P networks share the same risks as traditional ones, but there are also additional dangers. Under the traditional networking model, security professionals have been able to build highly fortified servers, which can then be used to block all inbound access to clients. Unfortunately, this model doesn't work for P2P networks, as every client must also act as a server.
If you choose to leverage P2P applications in your organization, you'll need to ensure that each node is carefully protected. First, your P2P software must provide adequate isolation between shared and private resources; you wouldn't want an anonymous remote client to be able to manipulate operating system settings through the P2P interface. Second, you'll need to carefully craft firewall rules that permit the desired P2P activity while blocking unwanted traffic.
P2P networking offers great promise for the future of computing, but it brings with it a number of possible risks. As with any new technology, security professionals must be able to adapt to a changing environment.
Dig Deeper on Network Firewalls, Routers and Switches
Related Q&A from Mike Chapple
Are nonprofit organizations, like higher education institutions, subject to FTC cybersecurity regulations and oversight? Expert Mike Chapple explains.continue reading
It's important for healthcare organizations to have a clear social media policy. Expert Mike Chapple explains what needs to be in the policy to stay ...continue reading
SOC 2 evaluations can be helpful tools for organizations assessing their HIPAA compliance, but companies should not solely rely on them. Compliance ...continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.