Windows 8 AppLocker

February 24, 2011

There are a host of new features that will be introduced in Windows 8.

This post will talk about Windows 8 AppLocker.

AppLocker: a simple and flexible mechanism that allows administrators to specify exactly what is allowed to run in their desktop environment.

As a result, AppLocker provides not only security protections, but also operational and compliance benefits by:

  • Keeping unlicensed software from running in your desktop environment
  • Preventing vulnerable, unauthorized applications from running in your desktop environment, including malware
  • Stopping users from running applications that needlessly consume network bandwidth or otherwise impact the enterprise computing environment
  • Preventing users from running applications that destabilize their desktop environment and increase helpdesk support costs
  • Easing enterprise software deployments and maintenance through effective desktop configuration management
  • Allow users to install and run approved applications and software updates based upon their business needs
  • Helping ensure your desktop environment is in compliance with corporate policies and industry regulations such as PCI DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, Basel II, and others

It’s a good bet that Windows 8 will have AppLocker.


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Mike Johnson is a writer for The Redmond Cloud - the most comprehensive source of news and information about Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft Cloud. He enjoys writing about Azure Security, IOT and the Blockchain.

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