Controlling applications can stop apps from spreading malware and harming network and user productivity. This includes many consumer-based applications such as peer-to-peer file sharing software, games or media players.
You can use application control to restrict users to chosen business applications. For example, you can set a policy to only allow the use of Internet Explorer and block all other Internet browsers. Categories of applications that businesses may wish to control include voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), remote management tools and instant messaging clients.
In addition, next generation firewalls can filter network traffic based on type of traffic using specific ports.