Despite efforts to curb file-sharing, it’s booming. New file-sharing apps have been developed that are harder for enterprises to control.
The file-sharing landscape is slowly adjusting in response to the continued push for more anti-piracy tools, the final Pirate Bay verdict, and the raids and arrests in the Megaupload case. Faced with uncertainty and drastic changes at file-sharing sites, many users are searching for secure, private and uncensored file-sharing clients. Despite the image its name suggests, RetroShare is one such future-proof client.
If your Next Generation Firewall uses a Positive Control Model and monitors all 65,535 ports all the time you do not have to worry about these new file-sharing products because they will be blocked as unknown applications. Of course, before you go into production, you must investigate all of the unknown apps to assure that all business-required apps are identified, defined, and allowed by policy.