Six Benefits of Application Whitelisting Programs
June 21, 2017
Leslie D. Varner (34 articles)

Six Benefits of Application Whitelisting Programs

Businesses around the world lose billions of dollars every year due to cyberattacks on their computer systems. Their or their clients’ financial and personal information is stolen and used to open credit accounts, from which cash is taken or purchases are made, which ruins their credit history.

Banks and government agencies have also been hacked for the theft of billions of dollars and classified information. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent these problems, including using application whitelisting. Here are the benefits of using application whitelisting on your system.

Prevents Files from Running

When an application whitelisting program is installed on your system, it will prevent unauthorised applications from running. Applications or files which are allowed to run are added to a whitelist, so that when they are found, the system will run them. Files not named in the whitelist will be stopped from running, which will help stop most spyware, malware and other cyberattacks.

Protects Memory

An application whitelisting program protects advanced memory processes from injection attacks because it validates all new processes. Even if the processes are part of a whitelisted application, they will be checked and validated. This prevents attacks that may come from a hacker injecting destructive files into processes that the system would otherwise consider trusted.

Doesn’t Disrupt Productivity

By using application whitelisting Windows, files not approved for running on the system will be automatically locked out without disrupting system operations. No one will notice when a non-approved application is prevented from accessing the system. Whitelisting also helps prevent unauthorised changes to the application, so malware and other files cannot be added to a whitelist.

Allows Updates to Trusted Files

If a file or application is whitelisted, then any updates to it are automatically allowed by the system. This means that if there are security updates or new enhancements to a whitelisted application, they will be allowed. This reduces the need for manual updates to applications on your system, which saves time for your IT department.

Provides Offline Protection

An application whitelisting program will not only protect systems connected to the network; it will protect remote or disconnected users as well. The system adds a local copy of permissions or hashes to each hard drive, ensuring its protection whenever and wherever it is being used. This allows users to work from home or on the road without needing to worry about their systems being vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Takes Up Little Space

Unlike some antivirus programs which require large files to operate, an application whitelisting program often takes up less memory in the system. Some programs take as little as five megabytes, but still help to protect your network from malware, ransomware and other malicious attacks. Although it doesn’t take up much space on a drive, it provides automatic protection for your entire network.

While antivirus programs provide some protection, they don’t catch everything, which puts your computer network at risk. However, if you install an application whitelisting program, you can create whitelists of files allowed to run, and the program will automatically stop or eliminate files not included in the whitelists.

Leslie D. Varner

Leslie D. Varner