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Report: NSA to Use 'Whitelist' Approach for PC Security

Report: NSA to Use 'Whitelist' Approach for PC Security - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Report: NSA to Use 'Whitelist' Approach for PC Security - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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In the cybersecurity realm, malicious software is not blacklisted unless it is first labeled as malicious.

However, the National Security Agency has plans to use a program where software is blocked unless it is approved by a systems administrator or “whitelisted,” NextGov reports.

This would shift the focus on securing computers using a flagging system, that blocks bad software that is known, to a system where most software is blocked at first. 

The system could potentially eliminate the issue of worms that evolve, according to NextGov. 

The Pentagon has delayed moving to this system due to the staffing and the work required to modify the list of good software because bad software constantly evolves. 

In response to those concerns, NSA created a method of granting applications access to a computer based on the location they are attempting to use to enter the system.

NSA says the method allows administrators to focus on fewer potential entry points by using software-restriction features, existing intrusion detection systems and special permission.

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