February 21, 2023

Malwarebytes Expands Platform with New Application Block Capabilities

Latest threat prevention module helps resource-strapped security teams block unsafe, untrusted or vulnerable applications

Santa Clara, Calif. – February 21, 2023MalwarebytesTM, a global leader in real-time cyberprotection, today announced the addition of Malwarebytes Application Block to its Nebula and OneView endpoint protection platforms. The new threat prevention module helps resource-strained security teams quickly guard against unsafe third-party Windows applications, meet key compliance requirements and encourage productivity without adding management complexity.

Third-party apps pose a serious security threat to businesses with limited IT resources and expertise. Vulnerabilities in Android applications have led to more than one million malicious application downloads, with researchers frequently uncovering malware-ridden applications on Google Play. Since 63% of workers use unauthorized applications, businesses of all sizes can be vulnerable to phishing schemes or exploitation – two of the four leading ways attackers gain access to a company’s network.[1]

For the over 1.4 billion monthly active Windows 10 or Windows 11 devices[2], Application Block allows IT admins to blacklist or restrict access to outdated, untrusted, or unsafe applications with known vulnerabilities or that lack the latest patches. IT security teams can use Application Block’s dashboard to understand what applications are being blocked in real-time, as well as its reporting features to meet key compliance requirements and navigate increasing data protection regulations.

“Third-party applications are essential to productivity, but they also greatly expand organizations’ attack surfaces,” said Malwarebytes Chief Product Officer, Mark Strassman. “Malwarebytes Application Block can be near-instantly deployed, helping resource-strapped organizations to effectively manage secure access to third-party apps and add another protective layer without added complexity.”

Malwarebytes Application Block is immediately available for Windows endpoints within the Malwarebytes Nebula and OneView platforms to help organizations:

  • Improve Application Security – Stop the execution of vulnerable applications so that companies can test and apply updates or block the vulnerable application until a patch is available. 
  • Encourage Employee Productivity – Restrict access to non-business-related applications, maximizing efficiency and saving resources.
  • Satisfy Compliance Regulations – Reduce the risk of failing to comply with data protection regulations such as GDPR, CIPA or HIPAA.

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Malwarebytes believes that when people and organizations are free from threats, they are free to thrive. Founded in 2008, Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski had one mission: to rid the world of malware. Today, Malwarebytes’ award-winning endpoint protection, privacy and threat prevention solutions and its world-class team of threat researchers protect millions of individuals and thousands of businesses across the globe. The effectiveness and ease-of-use of Malwarebytes solutions are consistently recognized by independent third parties including MITRE Engenuity, MRG Effitas, AVLAB, AV-TEST (consumer and business), Gartner Peer Insights, G2 Crowd and CNET. The company is headquartered in California with offices in Europe and Asia. For more information and career opportunities, visit https://www.malwarebytes.com.

[1] Code42. 2021 Data Exposure Report, Volume II. March 2021. Available: https://www.code42.com/resources/reports/2021-data-exposure-volume-ii

Verizon. 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report. May 2022. Available: https://www.verizon.com/business/resources/reports/dbir/2022/master-guide/

[2] Microsoft. “By the numbers” January 2022. Available: https://news.microsoft.com/bythenumbers/en/windowsdevices

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