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Mobile apps hottest IT enemy

Mobile apps are the hottest thing in IT these days. They’ve rapidly emerged for a range of constituents including the enterprise, consumers, sales reps, boards of directors- and even infants. In the last 12 months alone, more than 400,000 mobile applications have been launched, and many of them were created by marketing teams not engineering groups. All of this means that security professionals need to be savvy about the threats they pose. We’ll examine the three key layers that make up a mobile application, along with the top ten mobile app vulnerabilities that have surfaced in the last two years.

What are mobile apps?

A mobile app is software that runs on a handheld device (phone, tablet, e-reader, iPod, etc.) than can connect to Wi-Fi or wireless carrier networks, and has an operating system that supports standalone software. Usually, when people hear “mobile app” they assume you mean native app. This is a program that runs on a handheld device (phone, tablet, e-reader, iPod Touch, etc.) which has a “smart” operating system which supports standalone software and can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or a wireless carrier network. Usually people download native mobile apps from app stores such as the Apple app store or the Android Market.

Challenges faced by developing secure mobile apps

Enterprises are increasingly transacting critical data with customers and remote workers through mobile applications, yet the security of these applications goes largely untested. Source code for mobile applications is rarely available, as most software is written by third parties, and is insufficient in finding vulnerabilities such as backdoors, malicious code or flaws introduced by third party libraries and components.

Having said this The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) has released latest Top 10 Mobile Risks as follow,

* Insecure Data Storage
* Weak Server Side Controls
* Insufficient Transport Layer Protection
* Client Side Injection
* Poor Authorization and Authentication
* Improper Session Handling
* Security Decisions Via Untrusted Inputs
* Side Channel Data Leakage
* Broken Cryptography
* Sensitive Information Disclosure

Just to give an overview of the Mobile Application Security Fundamentals how it really works

What eCybersec can bring to the Sri Lankan Secure Mobile Application Developing Market

First time in Sri Lanka eCybersec offers Mobile Application Security Assessment Services to various verticals. We are partner with Veracode ( www.vercaode.com) who is the leading Mobile Applications Security Testing Company in United States and provide automated static and dynamic application security testing software and remediation services. Presently we are in vital discussions with Sri Lankan leading mobile apps developing software companies and how they could benefit our Mobile Application Security Testing Assessments Services to write secure coding to prevent such cyber attacks via mobile apps.

Even few leading banks in Sri lanka is moving in to mobile apps space having own Internet banking app which consumers can use it and perform all banking transactions while rather not logging in to normal internet banking web site. Security will be a key aspect and banks need to consider and we as a security consulting company glad to help in this.

Final Thoughts

The state of software security continues to be unnerving as traditional perimeter defense and detection software are proving woefully inadequate in the face of continued data loss from criminal and hacktivist attacks. The attacks target weak applications that have been built with extremely weak little to no security testing integrated into the development lifecycle. We do not need more security software.

What we need is more secure software. In response, organizations are putting in place comprehensive application security programs to deliver more secure software.

These programs seek to instill application security best practices and methodologies within their software development lifecycle (SDLC), their outsourced development contracts, and their processes for purchasing third-party software.


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