How to Create an Application Filter to Block High-Risk Applications

How to Create an Application Filter to Block High-Risk Applications

Created On 09/25/18 17:50 PM - Last Modified 04/20/20 22:37 PM



This document demonstrates how to create a security policy to deny high-risk (5) file-sharing applications that leverage peer-to-peer technology under the general internet category.


  1. Under the Policies Tab, select "Security" and then add a security rule.
  2. Enter the necessary information under the General, Source, User and Destination tabs, and select the "Application" tab.
  3. Select "Add." Scroll to the bottom of the drop-down and select "Application Filter."
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  4. Name the Application Filter that you want to create.
  5. Since we are interested in high-risk (5) file-sharing applications that use peer-to-peer technology, follow these instructions:
    • Under Category column click to highlight general-internet
    • Select file-sharing under Subcategory
    • Technology will be peer-to-peer
    • Risk is 5
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  6. Select "OK" to save. The Application Filter will appear in the rule.
  7. Complete the rest of the Security Policy rule. It is recommended to leave Service/Url Category as 'Any'. Action is then set to 'Deny'.

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By following the above steps, traffic through the firewall will be categorized by the application filter.

Note: Application filters are dynamic. If a built-in category is chosen, a group can be made that is usable in rules. This will include everything that matches that category. As applications are re-categorized or as new ones are added to that category, they will be added or removed from the filter dynamically. This can potentially lead to issues because re-categorization can cause applications that were previously allowed to now be disallowed, and vice versa. With an application group, though, applications are being grouped in the same manner as a service-group or address-group. When more applications for allow or block are added, they will need to be added to the application group manually.

See Also

For an in-depth understanding of application dependencies in order to effectively apply the High-Risk Apps to a security policy, refer to the following document:

How to Check if an Application Needs to have Explicitly Allowed Dependency Apps

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