The implementation of application whitelisting starts off with the building of a list of approved programs. The whitelist can either be built into the host operating system or it can be also provided by a third – party vendor as well. Whitelisting in its simplest forms allows the administrator for the specification of the attributes of the file that is associated with the whitelisted applications. For example, file path, file name and the size of the file.
Misconceptions of application whitelisting
There are several misconceptions of application whitelisting, which are very common among people are as mentioned below.
- Some people believe that application whitelisting solutions are not at all necessary since the operating system like Windows and UNIX have this feature inbuilt which is free of cost.
- Many believe that this whitelisting application is very difficult to manage and lots of problems would arise if it is used.
- It is a very common misconception that whitelisting requires all the end users to wait until and unless the approval is given from the admin for each and every task.
- It is believed that application whitelisting prevents the developers from doing their respective jobs.
- Several people are of the viewpoint that whitelisting requires an IT administrator for changing the deployment of the software and manage the systems.
- It is not true that application whitelisting will not be working properly and effectively along with some existing security solutions like an antivirus instead both can work simultaneously.
- Another great misconception about whitelisting is that it is believed to be breached at the time of making any kind of changes in the system but reality, it is not the case.
- It is thought that application whitelisting can be circumvented by using some interpreted codes or by using the components that are built into the operating system.
All the above-mentioned misconceptions make some people doubt about the capability of the application whitelisting.