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How to Ensure Your Mobile App is a Secure Enterprise

Updated: Dec 3, 2019














When launching a mobile app for your business, one of the primary concerns is security.


Will the data and information you collect from users be safely stored?


Don’t simply get lost on the idea that apps are inherently secure.


In fact, incorporating some security measures into your budget is an absolute must.


According to Arxan, about 50% of companies don’t take extra security measures.


Don’t be in this 50% demographic!


You want your users to trust you.


Here is a list of some of the ways that security can be lacking in your mobile app:


  • Insecure information or data storage

  • No user authentication feature

  • Poor operation of hidden fields

  • Weak server security

  • Really long session times or no timeouts

  • Poor encryption

  • Poor transport layer protection

  • Insecure storage location

  • No binary protection

  • Malicious coding on the user’s side


Hackers are smart, and mobile malware is on the rise.


There is an average annual infection increase of 175%.


Alongside that, of the top 100 paid mobile apps, 56% of them have been hacked at some point.


According to Microsoft, 67% of smartphone users handle their personal devices in their place of work, which could potentially cause an enterprise security breach.


There are ways to keep this from happening, however.


Let’s take a look at some of them below.


Development


As a developer, you need to create a threat model and test it at each step.


First, ensure that you have sufficient source code encryption.


Use multi-factor authentication and implement a password manager to create complex passwords for your users.


Implementation


At the implementation stage, you should have a security team run tests on your app.


They’ll be able to detect things that you might miss.


First, they’ll analyze every aspect of your app.


Then, they’ll make sure you have the right encryption, secure data-sharing, and authentication.


Basically, everything you should have put into place in the development stage will now be assessed for errors and potential breaches.


Usage


At the stage where your application is being used, some things should be noted.


First, no one should ever sign onto a wifi network that is decrypted.


Always use secure VPNs.


Two, make sure your passwords are secure.


A complex mixture of characters makes it difficult for passwords to be stolen.


And try to avoid saving your passwords on devices or password managers.


When given the option for two-step verification, always apply it.


Additionally, companies should be extra careful when allowing people to use personal devices on their network.


This always creates a risk of a security breach.


If avoiding the use of personal devices isn’t possible, Mobile Device Management can be implemented.


Final Thoughts


Apps may seem safer than browsers, but this isn’t the case.


As people rely more and more heavily on apps over desktop/mobile sites, hackers are targeting applications more profusely.


Security is complicated and it isn’t something to just wing, so make sure you are hiring professionals to make your app as safe to use as possible.


Thankfully, as GSIQ, we can ensure your app meets the security standards to keep your users protected.

At GrowSalesIQ, we exist to grow your customer acquisition, repeat purchase, and ROI with mobile marketing services such as omnichannel marketing automation, B2B lead generation, and custom-branded mobile app development.


Make sure to contact us so we can discuss your security options!

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