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How to Plan, Implement and Operate a Successful Application Control Deployment


Application control protects enterprise endpoints. It is offered in endpoint protection suites and as a stand-alone product. Security and risk management technical professionals must be aware of commonly used techniques to minimize allow-listing’s impact on workloads and productivity.

Published: 16 January 2020

ID: G00464086

Analyst(s): Jon Amato

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Stage 1. Preimplementation Planning
    • Population Selection
    • Software Source Identification
    • Including Allow-Listing in Your Change Control Process
  • Stage 2. The Implementation Process
    • Agent Rollout
    • Inventory and Learning
    • Policy Building
    • Pilot Enforcement
    • Lessons Learned
    • Full Enforcement
    • Transition to Operations and Ongoing Management
  • Stage 3: Event-Driven and Periodic Operations
    • Event-Driven Operations
    • Periodic/Scheduled Operations

Risks and Pitfalls

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