Security Issues in Cross-Organizational Peer-to-Peer Applications and Some Solutions

  • Ankur Gupta
  • Lalit K. Awasthi
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 40)


Peer-to-Peer networks have been widely used for sharing millions of terabytes of content, for large-scale distributed computing and for a variety of other novel applications, due to their scalability and fault-tolerance. However, the scope of P2P networks has somehow been limited to individual computers connected to the internet. P2P networks are also notorious for blatant copyright violations and facilitating several kinds of security attacks. Businesses and large organizations have thus stayed away from deploying P2P applications citing security loopholes in P2P systems as the biggest reason for non-adoption. In theory P2P applications can help fulfill many organizational requirements such as collaboration and joint projects with other organizations, access to specialized computing infrastructure and finally accessing the specialized information/content and expert human knowledge available at other organizations. These potentially beneficial interactions necessitate that the research community attempt to alleviate the security shortcomings in P2P systems and ensure their acceptance and wide deployment. This research paper therefore examines the security issues prevalent in enabling cross-organizational P2P interactions and provides some technical insights into how some of these issues can be resolved.


Peer-to-Peer Networks/Computing Peer Enterprises Security Issues in Cross-Organizational P2P Interactions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ankur Gupta
    • 1
  • Lalit K. Awasthi
    • 2
  1. 1.Model Institute of Engineering and TechnologyJammuIndia
  2. 2.National Institute of TechnologyHamirpurIndia

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