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Re: Blocking p2p traffic
From: "Coffman, Tobiah" <tcoffman () BSU EDU>
Date: Fri, 3 May 2013 17:27:23 +0000
Our network folks manage our appliance and they are currently using a box from Exinda. We were still receiving, on
average, around 3-5 copyright notifications per month while using only that box. In October we purchased and installed
a Sourcefire IPS which, as it turns out, also allows you to block a number of p2p applications. In the 7 months it has
been in service, we have had 1 copyright notice.
Director of Information Security
Ball State University
From: The EDUCAUSE Security Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU] On Behalf Of Russ
Sent: Thursday, May 2, 2013 4:39 PM
To: SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU
Subject: Re: [SECURITY] Blocking p2p traffic
Great product and support!!
We have used Netequalizer for about 6 years. Very pleased with the results as it uses the ' fairness' principle. That
is, total bw divide by # of users equals bw per user. Pretty brilliant idea. We noticed a change right away - within
the first hour -with response and speed. We were a packeteer shop but quickly switch to netequalizer from day one.
The students stopped complaining.
We were literally spending about 2-3 (or more) hours per day managing the packeteer....now with the netequalizer its
maybe 2-3 hours a year. The time we do spend on it is for reports and upgrades. When we need reports, it readily
Set it and forget it! With limited staff, I recouped those hours!
We manage 200MB and will be increasing to 350MB - more devices per student. The nice thing about it is we can dedicate
bw to a particular app/client if needed (like streaming media or video conferencing). Great to have that flexibility.
We give low bw to all p2p programs so basically it worthless to run one. Haven't had a notice in 6 years.
HEOC speaks well here.