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Securing IM and P2P Applications for the Enterprise - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781597490177, 9780080489698

Securing IM and P2P Applications for the Enterprise

1st Edition

Authors: Marcus Sachs Paul Piccard
eBook ISBN: 9780080489698
Paperback ISBN: 9781597490177
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 6th July 2005
Page Count: 650
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This book is for system administrators and security professionals who need to bring now ubiquitous IM and P2P applications under their control. Many businesses are now taking advantage of the speed and efficiency offered by both IM and P2P applications, yet are completely ill-equipped to deal with the management and security ramifications.

These companies are now finding out the hard way that these applications which have infiltrated their networks are now the prime targets for malicious network traffic. This book will provide specific information for IT professionals to protect themselves from these vulnerabilities at both the network and application layers by identifying and blocking this malicious traffic.

Key Features

  • A recent study by the Yankee group ranked "managing and securing IM and P2P applications" as the #3 priority for IT managers in 2004

    * The recently updated SANS/FBI top 10 list of vulnerabilities for computers running Microsoft Windows contained both P2P and IM applications for the first time

    * The recently released Symantec Threat Assessment report for the first half of 2004 showed that 19 of the top 50 virus threats targeted IM or P2P applications. Despite the prevalence of IM and P2P applications on corporate networks and the risks they pose, there are no other books covering these topics


IT professionals

Table of Contents

Instant messaging Applications; Introduction; AOL Instant Messanger; Yahoo! messanger; MSN Messanger; ICQ; Trillian, Google Talk, and Web-based Clients; Skype; Part II: Peer to Peer Networks; Introduction; Gnutella Architecture; eDonkey and eMule; BitTorrent; FastTrack; part III: Internet Chat Relays; IRC Networks and Security; Global IRC Security; Common IRC Clients by OS; Index


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About the Authors

Marcus Sachs

Paul Piccard

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Threat Research for Webroot, USA


In summary, the book is an easy read, not overly technical but yet providing detail for the reader to get a good grounding in these communication techniques. There are some useful references sprinkled throughout that could be useful for the reader. I liked the book and felt that I learned more about instant messaging (IM) and Peer-to-Peer networks (P2P)than I ever knew before. From my point of view it was very illuminating.-Science Digest, H. Wolfe, University of Otago, Information Science Dept

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