File Sharing on the Rise
The number of p2p file sharing web pages has increased more than 300% in the last 12 months, totaling more than 89,000 Web pages, says a company report.
In addition, there are more than 130 unique p2p appls such as KaZaa and Grokster and, says Websense, an EIM (Employee Internet Management) software provider whose product, "enables companies to manage P2P file sharing by blocking employee access to P2P Web sites".
It states, "P2P networks have truly developed beyond the music to become a marketplace for users swapping videos, games and software packages. While this may be free to end users, it comes at a huge cost to corporations in the form of wasted bandwidth, gaping security holes and serious emerging legal issues."
Websense continues that while trading mp3s is popular activity among p2p users, "other content is gaining and, in some cases, on par with music swapping.
"For example, more than 5 billion music files were downloaded from P2P networks last year, according to research firm The Yankee Group, yet more than 5 million video game downloads also occurred last year, according to game developer Trymedia. In addition, between 400,000 and 600,000 copies of movies are downloaded each day, according to consulting firm Viant, and approximately 3 million users download favorite TV shows, such as 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' from KaZaa every day.
"Many employees use their office Internet connections to download P2P files, because less than 17 percent of Americans with Internet connections have high-speed access at home, according to Jupiter Media Metrix."