You can manage applications startup on client devices. You can allow or block applications to be run on managed devices. This functionality is realized by Application Control component. You can manage applications installed only on Windows devices.
Before you start, make sure that the following prerequisites are met:
Application Control usage scenario proceeds in stages:
This stage helps you find out what applications are installed on managed devices. You can view the list of applications and decide which applications you want to allow and which you want to prohibit, according to your organization's security policies. The restrictions can be related to the information security polices in your organization. You can skip this stage if you know exactly what applications are installed on managed devices.
How-to instructions: Obtaining and viewing a list of applications installed on client devices
This stage helps you find out what executable files are found on managed devices. View the list of executable files and compare it with the lists of allowed and prohibited executable files. The restrictions on executable files usage can be related to the information security polices in your organization. You can skip this stage if you know exactly what executable files are installed on managed devices.
How-to instructions: Obtaining and viewing a list of executable files installed on client devices
Analyze the lists of applications and executable files installed on managed devices. Basing on the analysis, create application categories. It is recommended to create a "Work applications" category that covers the standard set of applications that are used at your organization. If different user groups use different sets of applications in their work, a separate application category can be created for each user group.
Depending the set of criteria to create an application category, you can create application categories of two types.
Configure the Application Control component in Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows policy using the application categories you have created on the previous stage.
To ensure that Application Control rules do not block applications required for user's work, it is recommended to enable testing of Application Control rules and analyze their operation after creating new rules. When testing is enabled, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows will not block applications whose startup is forbidden by Application Control rules, but will instead send notifications about their startup to the Administration Server.
When testing Application Control rules, it is recommended to perform the following actions:
How-to instructions: Configuring Application Control component in the Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows policy. Follow this instruction and enable Test Mode option in configuration process.
If necessary, make changes to the Application Control settings. Based on the test results, you can add executable files related to events of the Application Control component to an application category with content added manually.
How-to instructions: Adding event-related executable files to the application category
After Application Control rules were tested and configuration of application categories is completed, you can apply the rules of Application Control in operation mode.
How-to instructions: Configuring Application Control component in the Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows policy. Follow this instruction and disable Test Mode option in configuration process.
Make sure of the following:
When the scenario is complete, applications startup on managed devices is controlled. The users can start only applications that are allowed in your organization and cannot start applications that are prohibited in your organization.
For detailed information about Application Control, refer to the Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows Online Help.Page top