14 Sep, 2020

How A Mobile Security Assessment Can Improve Privacy And Security For Users

by nVisium

Of the 7.8 billion plus people in the world, it turns out that 5.15 billion are also cell phone users. According to Forbes there are also now 8.9 million mobile apps to run on those billions of phones. Is it no wonder that cyber criminals also target mobile as aggressively as every other target?

Why Mobile Security

It is no secret that we live in a mobile-driven world, especially in light of the statistics listed above and the fact that another 121 million phone users were added in the last 12 months. Current statistics reported by TechJury include:

  • “Over the course of one year, mobile users share increased by over 10%.
  • Mobile vs desktop usage stats in 2020 reveal 50% B2B inquiries are made on mobile.
  • Social media takes 25% of all digital media consumption and it is mainly accessed on mobile.
  • 51% of the time spent online in the US is on mobile devices.
  • Mobile market share worldwide is 52.1% compared to the desktop market share of 44.2%.
  • 40% of people search only on a smartphone.
  • More than half of all video views come from mobile devices.
  • Phone-based CPCs cost 24% less than desktop and have a 40% higher CTR.
  • Mobile apps have higher engagement rates than mobile-optimized websites or desktop web viewing.”
While mobile applications empower developers to build products that let users create and consume data anywhere, ensuring privacy and security for mobile apps comes to the forefront as a critical success factor. Eliminating the most critical security risks from your mobile products will also provide a level of trust to your users. With privacy and security at the top of all priority lists, it is no wonder that developers need to look at ways to improve in this area.

Improve Mobile Privacy And Security

Mobile devices are convenient but also risky because of the amount of personal information as well as work-related data and projects they hold. These devices are similar to desktop and laptop computers when it comes to vulnerability, but mobile devices are even more susceptible to threats because they are easily lost or stolen and it is very easy to create a malicious apps.

The six areas to ensure privacy and security with mobile security assessments includes:

  • RMF (Runtime Manipulation and Forensic Analysis): analyze the controls in a running application and report their effectiveness as well as the mobile device file system for extraneous data leakage that may affect the application and its users.
  • Source Code Analysis: analyze all source code for best practices for oding and open-source usage.
  • Third Party Assessments: analyze any third-party mobile applications your organization uses.
  • Dynamic Application Testing: assess the mobile application dynamically through manual interaction to find and validate vulnerabilities as well as perform runtime hooking and instrumenting of the mobile application, perform sniffing and fuzzing of intents, observe application behaviors, intercept and manipulate traffic, and try bypassing client-side protections.
  • Hybrid Analysis: mobile hybrid assessment combines source code review with black box (or dynamic) testing.
  • Reverse Engineering: inspect the provided application binary for flaws in compilation and deployment that may be leveraged by a hacker. In some cases also try to decompile, disassemble, and debug the mobile application.
It is also critical to develop expertise with iOS and Android in order to analyze your apps, services, and APIs through secure code reviews and penetration testing. Or you can always work with a trusted partner to fill in the gaps and provide independent assessments as well.

Mobile Assessments MAde Simple

The mobile environment is different enough from classic client server, cloud, network and IoT development that particular expertise needs to be drawn upon. Combine the nuances of multiple platforms (i.e. Android, iOS) with the ever-changing vendor updates and you have the recipe for a very difficult challenge to keep up with. This should be the catalyst to evaluate trusted partners to assist with mobile security assessments.

nVisium empowers organizations to eliminate application and cloud security vulnerabilities before cyber threats exploit them with proven in-depth security assessments, remediation and training programs. Our experienced team of security-savvy developers and engineers guide organizations to build best practices with high ROI into their engineering and secure development lifecycles across applications, operating systems, networks, mobile, cloud and IoT through services, software solutions and R&D unique to business operations and compliance initiatives. Additionally, nVisium provides a fully managed platform for tracking and measuring performance as well as instructor-led and online training.

Let us work with your development and security teams to implement a secure SDLC that encompasses continuous security review and full integration into the development process for your mobile apps to ensure security and privacy is the end game. Give us a call to better understand how you can more effectively handle mobile security assessments in order to improve privacy and security for you users, or better yet schedule a consultation today.

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