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Blocking (bit)torrent

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Hi,

We're having a few issues here with a few (l)users assuming it's OK to use Torrent clients on their work-laptop when they're home (or elsewhere).

I'm not talking about company policy or administrative consequences here !

I'm looking at (technical) ways to prevent users from installing or using a (any) torrent client on our hardware.

Specifically, I'm interested in things I can implement in policies for Endpoint Security 10, either in the Threat Protection or the Firewall.

AFAIK, ENS10 Firewall doesn't inspect the protocol used, so I cannot identify a torrent-stream from any other UDP stream.  Port-blocking doesn't seem that usefull either.

I've been thinking about rules to

  • prevent the {several torrent client}.EXE from being installed or executed (ENS10-Threat Protection, Access Protection I guess, but how ?)
  • prevent the {several torrent client}.EXE from using the network at all (ENS10 Firewall)

This implies I will have to keep a list of torrent clients... (am I happy)

Any ideas ?

Thank you for any help

Serge

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Re: Blocking (bit)torrent

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Unfortuantely I don't think you can outright block .torrent files on execution with ENS. However you are correct in using Access Prtection to block the execution of the Application.exe or path of the application. You could add in the top 5 torrent applications and that should maybe be enough? But also you could potentially do a group policy or use the registry to block file type execution. 

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Re: Blocking (bit)torrent

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Unfortuantely I don't think you can outright block .torrent files on execution with ENS. However you are correct in using Access Prtection to block the execution of the Application.exe or path of the application. You could add in the top 5 torrent applications and that should maybe be enough? But also you could potentially do a group policy or use the registry to block file type execution. 

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