The results of malware execution cost organisations millions of dollars every year in lost time and the roll-out of bulky and cumbersome anti-virus and other malware solutions. Typically, these sorts of solutions are centralised databases that need frequent updates and take many hours to deliver and roll out across the organisation. Additionally, they usually implement a signature-based blacklist that is cumbersome and not always very effective.
The Benefits of a Hash-Based Whitelist Malware Solution
Increasingly, it is becoming incumbent upon organisations to implement more effective whitelist-based anti-malware solutions that are lean, fast, and have repeatable benefits over a long period of time. Such whitelist application solutions offer the following advantages over signature-based blacklist applications:
- Efficient: Only files in the whitelist database can run in the operating system environment. This means that nothing else can be executed, resulting in a trusted list of software that locks out malware. This solution is simply more effective and efficient than a blacklist.
- Reporting: The beauty of this solution is that it can also detect and report when a file was executed and where it originated from. This provides network administrators and other IT professionals a real-time report of all file activity. It also provides information on any network communications performed by files, either trusted or not. This makes file and IP tracking intuitive and easy.
- Deployment: Modern whitelisting applications are simple to deploy across any organisation and are small in size. No longer does an organisation need to deal with huge malware definitions that need to be downloaded from a centralised point. The ease with which applications can be whitelisted by IT professionals makes it a simple matter to manage endpoint definitions.
- Unique whitelist: The fact that every end user will be using a different trusted file list means that hackers and cyber criminals will find it exceedingly difficult to test attacks and inject ransomware.
- Control: By allowing only specified applications to run, an organisation is able to exercise control over what software that end-users are allowed to use. This approach is the best way to prevent unauthorised use of untrusted third-party applications, including the accidental execution of malware.
Save Time and Money with a More Efficient Malware Solution
Conventional anti-malware solutions are popular but are bulky, are often time-consuming to deploy and update, and are simply less efficient at identifying threats and dealing with them. Whitelist applications make sense because they only allow trusted applications to run within an environment and lock out everything else by default.
When malware is executed within an organisation, it can be a costly event to deal with. The productivity lost through delays costs money and the entire event can seem like an exercise in frustration. By contrast, whitelist applications are lean and small by nature, do not require a long time to roll out and update, and work more effectively at neutralising threats. They represent the ideal solution for an organisation that requires an easy to understand and deploy anti-malware system.