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App Control: Differences Between Trusted Directory and Trusted Path?

App Control: Differences Between Trusted Directory and Trusted Path?


  • App Control (Formerly CB Protection) Console: All Supported Versions


What are the differences between Trusted Path and Trusted Directory?


Trusted Path:

What it does?
  • Allows the execution/promotion of files from a specified path
  • Files can be instantaneously executed after added
  • Locally approving files can be more secure/controlled
  • Has little impact on performance
  • Files must be executed from the specified path (may effect ease of use)
  • Specified path is trusted on all devices
Trusted Directory:

What it does?
  • Globally approves files in a specified path
  • Once globally approved, files can be executed from anywhere
  • Automatically analyzes and approves files that will be written by archive files
  • Takes time to process approval and send out to agents
  • Can be less secure/controlled (execute from anywhere)
  • When overused, can cause performance issues

Additional Notes

  • How effective and secure a rule is depends on how it's going to be utilized in the environment. Before implementing any rule it's best to review with a dedicated security team and consider all attack vectors.
  • More information on Trusted Paths and Directories can be found on page 262 and 425 of the User Guide.


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