Application control is a security approach to block unwanted and unauthorized applications from being executed on enterprise endpoints to protect data against potential risks. Application control solutions safeguard various business-critical endpoints, such as desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, Point-of-Sale (POS) systems, virtual machines, and other fixed function devices, and protect them from threats such as Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), zero-day malwares, and targeted attacks. With the proper application control solution, an organization can greatly reduce the risk of losing critical data while ensuring data integrity and improved business continuity.

As the nature of cyber-threats is becoming sophisticated and complex day by day, the traditional security solutions such as antivirus, antimalware, and firewall have proved ineffective to defend network and endpoints against advanced threats. The convergence of IT and cyber security has changed the security market dynamics with more and more applications integrating with endpoints. This in turn is driving the need for deploying application control solutions in small, medium, and large enterprises.

VISIONARY LEADERS

Symantec Corporation, Intel Security (McAfee), and Trend Micro, Inc. lead in the application control market and are recognized as Visionary Leaders. They have strong product portfolio and robust business strategy to achieve continued growth.

INNOVATORS

CyberArk Software Ltd., Digital Guardian, and Carbon Black, Inc. are recognized as Innovators in the application control market. They have innovative products and the potential to build strong strategies for their business growth to be at par with the Vanguards.

DYNAMIC DIFFERENTIATORS

HEAT Software USA, Inc. (Lumension Security, Inc.) is identified as a Dynamic player in the market. It is strong in business strategy and has made recent partnerships with other key vendors for inorganic growth. It has the potential to broaden its product portfolio to compete with other key market players.

EMERGING COMPANIES

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., LANDESK Software (AppSense), and Thycotic (Arellia) are recognized as Emerging players in the application control market. They have the potential to build on strong product portfolio and business strategy to compete in the market with the Vanguards and Innovators.

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EVALUATION CRITERIA

Below criteria are most commonly used for comparing Application Control Software tools.
  • Support and Services
    • Levels of support
    • Customer redressal mechanism
    • Type of Support services
      • Technical Support
      • Sales Support
      • Customer Support
      • Security Support
    • Support services
      • On-Site Support
      • Remote Support
    • Pre-sales support
      • Software Requirement Specification (SRS)
      • Proof of Concept
      • Product Demos
      • Dedicated Account Manager (DAM)
  • Scalability
    • End-users/Work stations
    • System configuration required
    • OS/Platforms supported
      • Windows XP
      • Windows Vista
      • Windows 7
      • Windows 8
      • Windows 10
      • Windows Server 2008
      • Windows Server 2003
      • Windows Server 2012
      • Mac OS
      • Linux OS
  • Product Features and Functionality
    • Type of access points
      • Desktop/Laptop
      • Mobile/Tablet
      • Servers
      • Point of Sale (PoS) Systems
      • Virtual Machines
      • Removable Devices
    • Application Control features
      • Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Protection
      • Application Detection and Usage Control
      • Policy Management
      • Application Reputation Scoring
      • Compliance Management
      • Visibility and Reporting
      • Threat Detection
      • Advanced Memory Protection
  • Delivery
    • Mode of delivery
      • Delivery - Directly
      • Delivery - Through Partners / Third-Party Vendors / MSSPs
    • End-users catered
      • Information Security Specialists
      • End-Users/Individuals
      • Application Development Team
      • IT Administrators
    • Deployment model
      • On-Premise
      • Hosted / On-Cloud
  • Breadth and Depth of Product Offering
    • Products/Solutions offered
    • Product variants/licences
    • Services Offered
      • Education & Training
      • Support & Maintenance
      • Managed Security Services
      • Vulnerability Assessment
      • Consulting Services
      • Compliance & Risk Management
    • Application Control techniques
      • Whitelisting
      • Blacklisting
    • Add-on products
      • Threat Intelligence
      • Patch Management

TOP VENDORS

    • Enterprise
    • 51 to 100
    • Enterprise
    • 51 to 100
    • SME
    • Massachusetts, US
    • Founded: 2002
    • $51MN to $100MN
    • 501 to 1,000
    • SME
    • 1,001 to 5,000
    • Enterprise
    • 51 to 100
    • Enterprise
    • 51 to 100
    • Enterprise
    • 1 to 50
    • Enterprise
    • 1 to 50
    • SME
    • 1,001 to 5,000

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