Application Control and Whitelisting for Endpoints

Archived Published: 10 March 2011 ID: G00208636


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Application control and whitelisting solutions can put endpoints into a stronger default-deny posture against unknown and potentially malicious software. Solutions come from a variety of market segments and, because they offer a potentially powerful endpoint protection alternative, are gaining mind share and deployment. This assessment will explore the application control landscape and recommend strategies for adoption.

Table of Contents

  • Summary of Findings
  • Analysis
    • What Is Application Control and Whitelisting?
    • Use Cases
      • Protect Production Servers
      • Protect Embedded (or Fixed-Purpose) Devices or PCs
      • Protect Standard User, General Purpose PCs
      • Protect User Administered, General-Purpose PCs
      • Additional Use Cases
    • Application Control and Whitelisting Architecture and Requirements
      • Multiple Platform Support
      • Multiple Application Type Coverage and Browser Control
      • Robust Enforcement Agent
      • Trust Mechanisms
      • Application Inventory and Whitelist Creation
      • Commercial Whitelists and Graylists
      • Privilege Escalation
      • User Space Install Restriction
      • Management
      • Logging and Reporting
    • Market Landscape
    • Market Segments
      • Dedicated Application Control and Whitelisting Solutions
      • Anti-Malware Vendors
      • Vulnerability and PCLM
      • OS and Privilege Escalation/Management Solutions
      • Alternative Endpoint Protection Vendors
      • Content Control
      • Application Virtualization and Management
    • Future Market Direction
  • Comparison
  • Recommendations
    • Take Inventory of the IT Environment and Constituencies
    • Determine the Role for Application Control in the Enterprise Security Architecture
    • Select an Appropriate Approach to Application Control
    • Couple Application Control with a Strategic Migration to a Standard User Deployment
    • Embrace Application Control as a Strategic Endpoint Protection Initiative
    • Take a Tactical Approach and Start with the Easier Use Cases
    • How to Follow the Road Map in Figure 2
  • The Details
  • Conclusion
  • Recommended Reading
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