Application Control: The PowerBroker for Windows Difference

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Introduction to Application Control

Application control solutions are designed to block the execution of unauthorized applications via whitelisting, blacklisting, and more recently “greylisting.” These approaches can be used to protect your organization’s servers, workstations, laptops, tablets, and fixed-function devices. Application control solutions can also hinder advanced persistent threats via policy enforcement and dynamic trust modeling. In addition, they typically do not require signature updates or labor-intensive list management for greylisting applications.

Application control solutions provide organizations with several security and cost benefits, including:

  • Protection from unwanted applications: Prevent undesirable code from running via executable files, Java apps, ActiveX controls, scripts, and specialty applications.
  • Reduced help desk costs: Reduce the costs associated with identifying and removing inappropriate software by maintaining control over application installations and system configurations.
  • Patching flexibility: Delay patch deployment until your regular patch cycle by ensuring that only trusted applications execute.
  • Centralized management: All systems under management can report application usage, software metering, and rogue and malicious software to the solution.

However, there are costs to implementing application control in your organization.

To learn how to address application control in your organization, download this technical brief.