An online business is very much dependent on mobile phone devices and other digital technologies but these techs are not without security risks. Many organizations give their workers access to the internal system through mobile platforms and have numerous applications installed in the business culture. These applications could serve as a gateway for hackers to access the corporate network and steal sensitive company data. Hence, the firms are required to take defensive measures to secure their mobile apps from hackers. Here are a few tips to ensure mobile application security.
Use Trusted Devices
The devices that we bring to the workplace are used for testing as well as app development. These devices are vulnerable to viruses and we mostly are not aware of the malicious content might be hiding in these devices. Millions of Android devices around the world are being attacked by hackers and have malicious content. The iOS devices also have their share of maliciousness. Updating an app and accessing the changes using the infected devices can spark potential security risk. Ensure downloading the app through trusted sources and using one secure device to create, modify and maintain your app.
The network you are using to access and using the app should be secure. As we mentioned above, using multiple devices for your app is not secure and using a secure device over an insecure network carries the same risks. Suppose your employee carries and access your app at a coffee shop or any public area. You never know what kinds of people are using that network. There might be a hacker on that network.
Mobile application containerization can be an effective way to ensure the network security. It includes creating encrypted containers to store your app data. Also, you can get services of a network security specialist to check for the vulnerabilities on your network. As well as database encryption, you can use virtual private network (VPN), transport layer security (TLS) and secure sockets layer (SSL).
Use Cyber Threat Intelligence
Many are not familiar with threat intelligence but this is among the effective solutions to help the businesses prone to a security threat. The primary purpose of this intelligence is to help organizations understand the potential dangers and internal and external cyber-security threats. It is organized, analyzed and refined information about current or potential threats that help to fight against a possible attack that can occur at any given time from an unknown source or network.
Secure App Code
Securing a mobile app is different than securing the traditional web applications wherein the data is safely stored on the server and browser is just the interface to connect. On the other, the code of mobile applications remains on the mobile phone after download making the app vulnerable to viruses. The code can be infected due to external attacks caused by the loopholes of network and data security. Anything can cause vulnerability like errors in code and bugs remained unidentified during the testing. You can safeguard the code of your app using encryption as well as modification and obfuscation. It is also a wise decision to implement well-supported algorithms with API encryption.
Authentication and Authorization
The grouping of authorization, authentication and APIs can protect your app data collecting relevant information from the user. This adds a layer of security to the app login procedure. Make sure that your app does not rely on someone else’s API because it will make you hooked on someone else’s code to stay secure. But if you are dependent, providing access only to the necessary app parts could minimize vulnerability.
Protect Customer Data
The mobile app security is influenced by numerous factors. Of these factors the data and code are the most important. The quality, bandwidth and performance of the devices can also effect app functioning and security. When a large amount of data is stored on a device, the chances of that device becoming vulnerable are more. A hacked app leaks customer data without letting them know. File-level encryption can protect customer data from being read if the app is hacked. The mobile database encryption lets you store local data safely. Also, while developing the app, ensure that it does not contain sensitive customer data such as passwords. If this accesses, ensure encrypting the storage.
Test Mobile App Frequently
Testing is the crucial step to ensure that your mobile app is secure. Do not test your app for once but continue looking for the app bugs on regular basis. Start testing during the process of the app development and do this occasionally even after the development completes. Apart from the app code, the app functionality and usability are the major aspects of the app that need to be tested for the security. It helps you detect the vulnerabilities in the code and fix them before the app goes live.
Mobile applications have become significant for the corporate but there is a need to protect them from external intrusions. The cyber-criminals and nation states are constantly looking to exploit unsafe applications to track high profile individuals, steal company data or insert malware for monetary gain. We hope these tips will be helpful in ensuring mobile application security.
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