A good way of explaining application whitelisting is that it is like antivirus turned on it’s head. Antivirus solutions have a signature based approach and work by having a database of known bad malware that will not be allowed to execute. Application whitelisting solutions work instead by having a database of trusted applications and deny execution of all other files, preventing bad as well as unknown programs from executing.
Application whitelisting is designed to protect against unauthorised and malicious programs executing on a computer. It aims to ensure that only specifically selected programs and software libraries (DLLS) can be executed, while all others are prevented from executing.
The Australian Signals Directorate rates application whitelisting as the most effective security control in their Strategies to Mitigate Targeted Cyber intrusions.
Products in our portfolio which address Endpoint Security.
Airlock Digital (Application whitelisting)