According to Gartner, “90% of successful attacks occurred against previously known vulnerabilities where a patch or secure configuration standard was already available.” This is a fairly staggering statistic. But what role does this really play in protection against the dangers of P2P File Sharing Networks?
We’ve covered in great deal on this site how P2P File Sharing Networks continue to be a breeding ground for viruses and malware. They provide an open door into your PC for hackers to lay down their malicious code and reek havoc. So if 90% of successful attacks are actually targeting vulnerabilities that already have a patch available, it becomes evident that aside from stopping P2P use in your environment, you also need to ensure that all your devices are up to date and fully patched… both the OS and Windows Applications.
Patch Management can be cumbersome in this day and age, given the number of employees that are remote and not connecting back to the corporate network. These employees are also more likely to install dangerous P2P File Sharing Software to download movies or music (potentially illegally) to pass the time while traveling for business. So patching their devices becomes even more crucial. The best option here is to utilized a “Cloud-Based” Patch Management Solution, like the one offered by MaaS360. Using this service, in conjunction with Peer2Peer Terminator, will address open vulnerabilities and close the door to hackers trying to do harm to your PC.