Peer-to-peer software has been a topic on the agenda of security consulting presentations for some time.  And in a recent article by Richard Lardner, a writer for the Associated Press (AP), we see the topic of peer-to-peer software presented again as a risk management area of ongoing concern.

Stung by an embarrassing electronic leak last month that revealed ethics investigations into dozens of lawmakers, House lawmakers moved to prohibit federal employees from using peer-to-peer file-sharing software that was blamed for the disclosure.

The White House Office of Management and Budget advised federal agencies in 2004 of these kinds of risks related to the use of peer-to-peer software.  Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., the new bill’s sponsor, said putting the prohibition into federal law gives it much greater weight.

We hope that similar actions or discussions are present in your organization’s information security guidelines and information security processes.

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