Gartner Research

How to Successfully Deploy Application Control

Published: 09 August 2017

ID: G00337027

Analyst(s): Peter Firstbrook


Application control remains one of the best techniques for blocking the vast majority of malware threats; however, implementation often falters due to poor planning. Security and risk management leaders must consider these best practices for successful application control projects.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Organize Application Control Projects in Three Phases: Plan, Pilot and Enforce
  • Phase One: Plan
    • Get Business Buy-In
    • Strategize With Operations Teams
    • Implement Management Infrastructure
  • Phase Two: Pilot
    • Inventory Applications
    • Audit Application Inventory
    • Detect Sources of Change
    • Optimize Management Infrastructure
  • Phase Three: Enforce
    • Audit Policy in Monitoring Mode
    • Select Best Groups for a Phased Rollout
    • Phase in High Enforcement

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