Application Control is a recommended ACSC Essential 8 strategy used to prevent cyber-attacks. The process ensures that approved applications can run on a computer or in a trusted location on a computer or network. The goal of Controlling is to prevent any malicious code (malware) from entering the business network or individual computers.
Application Control is considered one of the most effective mitigation strategies in ensuring the security of systems by the Australia Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). Our GOLD and PLATINUM Cyber Security Management System (CSMS) packages include Application Control to ensure your organisation is compliant with the ACSC Essential 8 recommendations.
Application Control is a core strategy used by businesses to prevent cyber-attacks; with the overall goal to completely prevent any malicious code from accessing and running automatically on a computer or network. Malware can enter a system through a variety of applications, including executables, software libraries, scripts and installers.
The process of controlling involves generating an index (or list) of approved applications which are allowed to run in trusted locations on a computer network. This means, any application not on this list cannot run, and thus, cannot install malware.
Many organisations implement blacklisting, which is the process of preventing certain known programs from running. Whilst important, this process is not as thorough as controlling as it will only stop known malware and malicious applications. Controlling takes security measures to the next level; however, it can be much harder to establish than a blacklist.
A key barrier to establishing a control for applications is it can be incredibly time-consuming in identifying all the trusted applications you wish your computer to run.
Our GOLD and PLATINUM CSMS Packages include a custom-built Application Control tool, which has been designed to allow rapid ly identification of acceptable codes and files to run on computers and networks.
The ACSC identifies Application Control as one of four mitigation strategies to prevent malware delivery and execution. The benefits of implementing an Application Control strategy are vast and can range from preventing the ‘re-doing’ of work to preventing bankruptcy and business closure. Here we have identified five key reasons for implementing and managing an application control.
One of the most common criticisms of Application Control is the onerous task of establishing and managing the process; however, critics still agree the time and energy is worth it. The good news is our CSMC removes the tedious setup and management of controlling; meaning you get all the benefits of an application control strategy without the hassle.
Once your control is established, it automatically accesses every application that enters the system. It does this by comparing the signature of the application that is trying to download, with the signatures that are stored in the control database tool. The control tool will read the entire contents of the application to ensure it is safe and that it is downloading the correct files.
This is all done automatically. If an application is not approved on the control, then it cannot be downloaded run until it is added by a n administator.
Our CSMS enables users to easily manage the controlling process to ensure maximum security at minimum fuss.
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