While many businesses have policies in place that prohibit employees from peer-to-peer 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 observed the networks of 30,700 companies across all industries and found 23% of organizations were using the BitTorrent protocol for peer-to-peer file sharing. Among these companies, BitSight also observed that 43% of torrented applications contained malicious software.
Download this BitSight Insights report to learn:
- About the correlation between peer-to-peer 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