PC Matic – Vendor Whitelisting
We recently learned that a CryptoLocker variant called CryptoWall has been randomizing its vendor; making it more difficult to be identified as malware. We created a solution to block CryptoWall by implementing our vendor whitelist in June, 2015. By bolstering our security experts’ process of reviewing additional factors of potential malware, we’re adding to the value we provide our customers and continuing to shift the burden of security away from IT staff and on to PC Matic.
There are two major benefits to our vendor whitelist, the first being the extra protection given to our customers. CryptoLocker is a game-changer, because for the first time, it is not possible to remediate this virus infection due to the encryption methods used. PC Matic’s whitelist approach, now armed with our vendor whitelist prevents CryptoLocker from running, and protects data from being encrypted by this ransomware.
The second benefit of the vendor whitelist is that our industry test results will improve. Our July 2014 VB100 result set industry records, but improvements can still be made. We hope to see an extremely positive result in late fall. A large part of our strategy is to demonstrate, through independent testing agencies, that our whitelist approach is superior to the approaches of our competitors.
To that end, we are testing with AV Test this summer and hope to see a positive result this autumn.
Read more in the PC Pitstop Quarterly Report