What is Application Control?
Application Control is a Sophos security policy that can be used to control the use of unauthorised applications on your network.
What sorts of Applications can be controlled?
The latest list of applications that can be controlled can be found at http://www.sophos.com/en-us/threat-center/threat-analyses/controlled-applications.aspx.
The list includes peer-to-peer networking applications, instant messaging programs and certain games, as well as many more types of applications.
I am trying to control the use of an application that is not listed in the list of applications in Enterprise Console/Sophos Control Center. How can I recommend it to Sophos?
If there is a legitimate application that you would like to control on your network and it is not listed at the Controlled Applications site, you can submit a request using the online Application Control submission form: https://secure2.sophos.com/en-us/support/contact-support/application-control-request.aspx. On the second page, you will be asked to include the application name and relevant details.
Please be advised that there is no guarantee that your request will be implemented. The request will be assessed along with others received, and the decision will be made by the management team.
Are there any applications that are blocked by default?
Sophos cannot create a default list of blocked applications, since there are many legitimate uses for applications that some companies may need. Furthermore, we can't advise you about which applications to block: the control of applications should form part of your IT policy.
Doesn't Windows allow me to control the applications that are used on my network?
Not necessarily. While you can control the Windows games from being installed on a computer, Windows provides no way of blocking installed applications from running.
Do you have any tips for implementing an Application Control policy on my network?
The Policy Setup Guide is an excellent resource for planning and rolling out your policies. Aside from that we can offer a few tips: