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Guide to Application Whitelisting



Adam Sedgewick, Murugiah Souppaya, Karen Scarfone


An application whitelist is a list of applications and application components that are authorized for use in an organization. Application whitelisting technologies use whitelists to control which applications are permitted to execute on a host. This helps to stop the execution of malware, unlicensed software, and other unauthorized software. This publication is intended to assist organizations in understanding the basics of application whitelisting. It also explains planning and implementation for whitelisting technologies throughout the security deployment lifecycle.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-167
Report Number


access control, application control, application whitelisting, information security, software security, whitelisting


Sedgewick, A. , Souppaya, M. and Scarfone, K. (2015), Guide to Application Whitelisting, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created October 27, 2015, Updated October 12, 2021