The Australian Cyber Security Centre, ASD Essential 8 places application whitelisting right up the top as a mitigation strategy to prevent malware delivery and execution. In fact; it’s their #1 recommended mitigation strategy.
Refer https://www.cyber.gov.au/publications/essential-eight-explained for further detail.
Application whitelists help keep your computer system safe from malware, spam, ransomware, and other threats. The application whitelists allow only approved apps to run. Anything not whitelisted is considered unsafe and blocked.
An alarming number of companies shy away from application whitelisting because, even with Microsoft Applocker, it’s complicated and expensive administratively to maintain.
There is a Simple, Secure and Effective application whitelisting capability developed right here in Australia.
If you want to learn a bit more; check it out a few short video intro’s here: https://www.airlockdigital.com/airlock-video-demonstration/
Even if you are using Microsoft Applocker and you’d like to know how your whitelists stand up against policy weaknesses; you can try Airlock Digital’s Application Whitelist Auditor: https://www.airlockdigital.com/application-whitelisting-auditor/
If you want to know more about how to implement application whitelisting in your organisation, ASD essential 8’s #1 mitigation strategy, we’re here to help.