Endpoint Central's application control is a vital cybersecurity measure that enables organizations to manage and regulate the execution of software applications, enhancing security and operational efficiency by preventing the use of unauthorized software and limiting access based on enterprise specific needs.
Allowlisting and blocklisting are the two approaches through which an enterprise can have control over their applications. If the admin opts for the allowlisting approach, he will have to create a list and only all those applications that make it to this list will be allowed to run, while every other application will be blocked from running in the network. On the contrary, if blocklisting is opted as the preferred mode of application control, the list made by the admin will comprise of the applications that he wishes to block. Keeping applications in check by allowlisting is done to tighten security, while blocklisting is more of a technique to maintain productivity in an enterprise.
- Enhanced security: It serves as a robust security measure, reducing the attack surface by allowing only trusted applications to execute, which significantly lowers the risk of cyber threats.
- Efficient resource management: By allowing applications based on the user's role and job requirements, it streamlines inventory management, prevents unused applications from consuming storage, and simplifies license and patch management.
- Customized access: Application allowlisting allows organizations to tailor application access according to user roles, ensuring a more secure and efficient digital environment. Unauthorized application prohibition: Application blocklisting involves identifying and restricting unauthorized, risky, or malicious applications from running on the network or managed devices.
- Mitigating security risks: It acts as a protective measure against known security threats by prohibiting applications with potential vulnerabilities.
- Control and compliance: Blocklisting offers administrators control over which applications are permitted, helping organizations maintain compliance with security policies.
- Reduced attack surface: By preventing known problematic applications from executing, blocklisting minimizes the risk of cybersecurity incidents and data breaches.
Application Privilege Management
- Restrict Admin Rights: Implement a security practice to reduce unnecessary admin rights, limiting the potential attack surface and preventing privilege elevation or credential compromise attacks.
- Least Privilege Model: Maintain a least privilege model without hindering productivity, ensuring that users only have the access they require to perform their roles effectively.
- Application-Specific Privilege Elevation: Enable controlled privilege elevation for business-critical applications, allowing users to access elevated privileges only when needed for specific tasks, enhancing security without compromising operational efficiency.
- Just-in-Time Access: Address interim user needs by providing just-in-time privileged access to applications, with an automatic revocation mechanism after a predefined period, minimizing security risks associated with extended privileges.
- Per-App VPN: Implement secure connections with granular control, ensuring data in transit is protected and optimizing network resources.
- Conditional Access: Restrict network and application access based on user identity, device health, or location, enhancing security by allowing access only when predefined conditions are met.
- Secure Data Transmission: Per-App VPN guarantees secure data transmission for individual applications, reducing the risk of data interception.
- Adaptive Control: Conditional access policies dynamically allow or deny access based on real-time conditions, enhancing security while maintaining user experience.
- Enhancing Office 365 security: Gain visibility into the devices accessing the Office 365 applications and grant access only from authorized devices.