Application Whitelisting Prevents Malware

When executed correctly, Application Whitelisting for Windows can prevent Cryptolocker and other insidious forms of ransomware from costing you thousands of dollars in ransoms and more than that in lost time and customer confidence.

That’s because rather than working like anti-virus, which works using a database of signatures of knowns “threats” to prevent them from doing any damage, Application Whitelisting treats everything that is unknown as a potentially bad file and prevents it from running. This increases control over your operating environment immeasurably.

It’s on the ASD’s Top 4 List

In fact it’s the number one item on the list of strategies to Mitigate Targeted Cyber Intrusions.

In their own words, the federal government’s top visible digital security agency (the Australian Signals Directorate) says “Application whitelisting, if implemented correctly, can be an incredibly effective means of ensuring the security, stability and consistency of a computing environment.”

So why doesn’t every business have it? Because until now, it was considered to be a very time-consuming, costly and painful process.

That’s because there are literally hundreds of applications that need to run on even a simple desktop as part of the operating system and productivity software. Mapping every one of them was difficult because they didn’t all operate at once and investigating each one to determine if it should continue to be part of the whitelisted operating environment or be denied was too expensive for most businesses to bother. Multiply that by different departments in a company and you can appreciate why people considered it hard to accomplish.

Until now.

Our process makes it easy and cost-effective

We’ve use a proprietary software that helps us map out your operating environment. It has cut down the intensity of the work that we have to perform during a whitelisting, meaning that we can spend more time talking to you about your preferred operating environment and creating controls while still delivering a more cost-effective project.

We baseline the operating environment over a two to four week period, capturing all the applications running on the network, and then classify the results to define what should and shouldn’t be running in your corporate IT environment. We then move to a pre-production mode, where we conduct User Acceptance Testing with a sample group of business representatives to minimise the risk of disruption and business productivity. Finally, we move into production, locking down and securing the environment.

But doesn’t it kill innovation in a business?

In companies across Australia the drive to find new ways of working to reduce production costs has gone hand-in hand with the ability to install new software or try new online applications at will. So won’t Application Whitelisting stifle innovation in your business?

Not at all. It does prevent teams or individuals from running executables from whatever software they, whenever they like but it doesn’t mean that you can’t have innovation anymore.

Innovation simply needs some more controls placed around it. Whether it’s only certain individuals, or only certain workstations that are permitted to run new software, continuous change can still be accommodated. Meanwhile, the corporate IT platform stays secure, and free of illegal software.

In fact, the extra rigour that comes from requiring that your team follow some more structured guidelines for testing new software will mean that your firm shares more information about what is useful between departments, has a tighter timeline for product evaluation and more ‘investment’ in determining useful software that should be adopted.

So let’s talk about your company today.  Contact us using the details below.