Freeware or 3rd party software in a Enterprise environment best practices
Posted on 2015-01-13
This is more of a process or policy question then a technical one. I'm looking for anyone's best practice when approaching one off installs in an enterprise environment.
For example, a end user of considerable status has requested we load freeware for work purposes. He states that he has been using this program for a very long time and my biggest concern is (of course) security. I have no problem loading vendor software we are a customer of and have a BAA with, since they are held accountable but these protections are not present in freeware or even 3rd party software (paid freeware version) a end user might request. I'm not prepared to just say no to the end user without some feedback from others who have been confronted with challenges like these. Does anyone have a good approach to the request for freeware or 3rd party software installs not affiliated with your organization?