Keep your eyes peeled for new legislation dealing with peer-to-peer (P2P) networking, as politicians are fearful of national security threats and are considering new laws to fix the problem. See the News.com story, "Congress: P2P networks harm national security."
Politicians call peer-to-peer networks a "national security threat" because they enable federal employees to accidentally share sensitive or classified documents.
The chairman of the House Government Reform Committee said he is considering new laws aimed at addressing the problem.
For more information about P2P security risks, check out these news sources:
- P2P Back in Congressional Crosshairs (internetnews.com)
- FTC: peer-to-peer software poses 'risks' (SC Magazine)
- Lawmakers: P2P networks pose security risk (FCW.com)
- Congress and the Feds should clean up their own act (ZDNet)
Do you agree with Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) that new laws are needed for P2P networking so that federal employees don't accidentally share sensitive or classified documents from their computers? Or are you of the mind-set that the current P2P laws are sufficient, and that federal employees are the national security threat?
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Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.