Security technologies occasionally get a bad rap. Sometimes a perfectly reasonable approach to addressing security issues is marketed beyond what it can deliver. Sometimes current technology isn’t quite there yet. Sometimes the technology is there, but customers aren’t ready. Whatever the cause, good ideas deserve second chances, and we often see comebacks. In the past few years, we’ve seen a resurgence of interest and innovation in security analytics (post-SIEM), network access control (NAC), and now the concept of application whitelisting.

451 points out that the failure of application whitelisting’s initial market introduction was marketing the technology as broadly applicable when it was better suited to niche use cases in industries where a static whitelist is easy to maintain and doesn’t unduly constrain the user. To gain larger acceptance, 451 says, application whitelisting technology must block malicious executions without the requirement to create and maintain a static whitelist.

In this white paper, 451 evaluates AppSense and its entry in the endpoint security space, AppSense Application Manager. The paper covers AppSense’ years of experience catering to the needs of both the user (delivering high performance) and the administrator (enabling manageability—and with Application Manager, eliminating the need for a static whitelist). 451 points out that the company is well positioned to ensure that securing endpoints doesn’t compromise user experience or make the IT administrator out to be the ‘bad guy.’ Coverage includes:

  • AppSense history and corporate and technical strategy

  • An overview of AppSense products and a closer look at how Application Manager helps organizations manage endpoint security risk

  • A SWOT analysis of AppSense and Application Manager in the endpoint security market