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March 2014 Vol. 16 / No. 2

Ranum Q&A with Aaron Turner: Whitelisting is on enterprise blacklist

Why haven't organizations moved away from a "let everything in" model and embraced application whitelisting and execution control? Marcus Ranum talks with mobile security veteran Aaron Turner about the evolution of software restriction policies, from the early initiatives when he worked as a security strategist at Microsoft to the Apple model that is proving effective today. Aaron Turner An entrepreneur, who has launched several security technology companies, Turner is founder and CEO of IntegriCell, an enterprise mobile risk management consultancy. He was formerly head of RFinity, a mobile security startup spun out of the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory. Marcus Ranum: I'd like to talk about a topic you and I have been over, off and on, for the last decade or so. Back in 2007, I wrote a piece in which I said I thought application whitelisting was the only effective answer to software security, and I've debated the issue with Bruce Schneier a couple of times. Now we are seeing that malware appears to remain ...

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