Add a New Restriction Rule

Create a new restriction rule to define limitations on where and how executable files run on endpoints.
  1. Configure a new restriction rule.
    Select
    Policies
    Malware
    Restrictions
    and
    Add
    a new rule.
  2. From the action menu , select
    Add
    .
  3. Select the type of restriction rule you are adding.
    Select one of the following options and then configure settings according to the type of restriction you are adding to your security policy:
    • Execution Path Restriction
      —Restrict access to local or remote files and folders. For more information, see Block Execution from Local and Network Folders.
    • Network Folder Behavior
      —Restrict access to all network folders except for those in the whitelist. For more information, see Whitelist a Network Folder.
    • External Media
      —For more information, see Define External Media Restrictions and Exemptions.
    • Child Processes (Pre-4.0 Agents)
      —Block malicious child processes spawned from legitimate processes.
    • Java (Pre-4.0 Agents)
      —Prevent untrusted Java applets from executing objects using browsers and add specific trusted processes to whitelists so they can run on endpoints as needed.
  4. (
    Optional
    ) Add Conditions to the rule. By default, a new rule does not contain any conditions.
    To specify a condition, select the
    Conditions
    tab, select the condition in the Conditions list, and then
    Add
    it to the Selected Conditions list. Repeat this step to add more conditions, as needed. You can also define new Conditions.
  5. (
    Optional
    ) Define the Target Objects to which to apply the rule.
    To define a smaller subset of target objects, select the
    Objects
    tab, and then enter one or more
    AD Users
    ,
    AD Computers
    ,
    AD Groups
    ,
    AD Organizational Unit
    ,
    Existing Endpoints
    , or
    Existing Groups
    in the Include or Exclude areas. The Endpoint Security Manager queries Active Directory to verify the users, computers, groups, or organizational units. The ESM Console also offers autocompletion as you type for existing endpoints and existing virtual groups.
  6. (
    Optional
    ) Review the rule name and description. The ESM Console automatically generates the rule name and description based on the rule details but permits you to change these fields, if needed.
    To override the autogenerated name, select the
    Name
    tab, clear the
    Activate automatic description
    option, and then enter a rule name and description of your choice.
  7. Save the restrictions rule.
    Do either of the following:
    • Save
      the rule without activating it. This option is only available for inactive, cloned, or new rules. When you are ready to activate the rule, select the rule from the
      Policies
      Malware
      Restrictions
      page and then click
      Activate
      .
    • Apply
      the rule to activate it immediately.
    After saving or applying a rule, you can return to the
    Restrictions
    page at any time to
    Delete
    or
    Deactivate
    the rule.

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