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Many security technologies rely on blacklisting malicious or suspicious files or applications in order to prevent users from running them. But that approach can have its limitations, and theidea of whitelisting applications and safe files has taken hold recently. In this video, Vladimir Zapolyansky talks about the benefits of application whitelisting, the way that the technology works and how it can help users protect their PCs more effectively.
Cloud Computing providers offer gigabytes of storage for free, and the cybercriminals use to maintain and spread malware of all the kind. At the same time, many legitimate services are not free, but are still very attractive to cybercrime gangs. In the case of Amazon, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) does the trick.
Despite being a paid service, the cost is not an obstacle for profitable attackers. In fact, my colleague Dmitry Bestuzhev recently told us about the spread of malware exploiting this service to "the cloud".
The truth is that these cases are not isolated. According to our research, cybercriminals have been running SpyEye activities and from Amazon for the past couple of weeks.
Malware writers are inventing new attacks regularly - but the anti-virus industry invents new protection techniques just as regularly. Whitelisting is on of the newer protection technology which are now standard in Internet Security products. It sounds positive, but how does it actually work? Does it overload your computer? How can developers whitelist their programs? Will whitelisting replace other protection technologies?
Join Andrey Nikishin, Director of Cloud and Content Technology Research, Vladimir Zapolyansky, Manager of Whitlelisting and myself as we discuss how whitelisting itself works. We will also discuss how software writers can join our program and what the benefits are for them.