“Gartner Listed - mobile application security guide”

February 23, 2017

Mobile app and device security practices

Before you release your new mobile app, stop to consider some of the potential security issues and the benefits of mobile app security testing.

As mobile app growth continues, with SMEs to well established corporations engaging with mobility to aid their workforce’s productivity, and startups creating whole businesses that around a mobile app, a lot of the market is missing out on timely mobile app security testing and paying attention to potential mobile device security issues.

The risks of malware to personal and business data of mobile apps is well documented, as are the problems of releasing code that makes the app vulnerable to attack.

Here are some best practices to use when releasing and mobile apps.

Secure your code with mobile app security testing

Client side code vulnerabilities leave data exposed and make mobile apps a target for malware. A common practice is the releasing of malicious apps on third party app stores by hackers who modify a public release of the app. Users who install these expose their devices to attack, their personal information and corporate data is at risk from hackers.

Apps that skip mobile app security testing will often be insecure when released, with no attention paid to coding best practices or the dangers of using insecure third party code. At the device level it is worth while testing the other apps on the phone to check what kind of permissions are being requested. Mobile app security testing and obfuscation will stop reverse engineering and binary tampering

What data is at risk?

Health and finance companies need to secure their data according to compliance standards such as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard(PCI-DSS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and from June 2018 the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR). These take differing approached to the security and privacy of personal and financial data.

As well as mobile app security testing, companies will need to focus on device and network security, as well as understanding the security of their cloud and infrastructure provider.

Data theft

For the enterprise the risk of data leakage is ever present when there are bring-your-own-device policies in place. The amount of critical information, data, and e-documents that companies put at risk when a device is stolen or compromised needs to be protection with data encryption and access management. Tools for remote wiping devices are essential to this.

As well as focusing on making apps easy to use developers need to do mobile app security testing and take measure to protect their company’s corporate data and user’s personal information.

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