I read this article this morning: Safer Internet Day: How children can undermine corporate security and it actually reminds me of all the PCs I looked at in my private environment. When I see a heavily infected PC, the parents always keep telling me that the Peer-to-Peer network software on the PC was installed by the kids and that they are downloading software. This is a problem at home – but definitely a bigger one on your corporate notebook.
What can you do against it? Well, you could lock down the notebooks – and make it impossible for people to work anymore.I think much more it is about awareness as well as enforcing policy compliance. It is pretty obvious that if somebody runs illegal copies of software on a corporate asset, this puts you as a company at legal risks. Therefore it might make sense to run a Software Inventory and check regularly for such software – an then kick off the corresponding administrative processes.