12 Oct, 2020

How Do You Know If Your Mobile Or Web Applications Are Secure?

by nVisium

How many apps do you have on your phone? What about your computer? How often do you use or even depend on them? How secure do you think they are? TechRepublic reported “cyberattacks are helping criminals in total to make more than $1.5 trillion in revenue each year.” Given how profitable cyberattacks have become, it certainly warrants a deeper look into the targets, delivery vehicles and methods for prevention.

Mobile And Web Apps Proliferate

It is no secret and should be no surprise that with 3.5B smartphones in the world, that mobile apps have become critically important to daily life. The statistics are actually rather staggering.

According to Buildfire key mobile app statistics for 2020 include:

  • “Mobile apps are expected to generate $189 billion in revenue by 2020.
  • The Apple App Store has 2.2 million apps available for download.
  • There are 2.8 million apps available for download on the Google Play Store.
  • 21% of Millennials open an app 50+ times per day.
  • 49% of people open an app 11+ times each day.
  • 57% of all digital media usage comes from mobile apps.
  • The average smartphone owner uses 30 apps each month.”

The article goes on to also report “Last year, there were more than 205 billion app downloads. That’s a 15% increase from the year prior.”

Why Mobile And Web App Security Matters

Unfortunately, the proliferation of mobile and web-based apps has created a target-rich environment for cyber criminals. According to a blog titled “Top Web App Development Stats 2020”:

  • “In around 9 out of 10 web applications, users can be attacked by hackers. Some usual type of attacks is redirecting users to another dangerous resource, phishing attacks for stealing credential and infecting computers with malware, adware, and spyware.
  • Around 82 % of issues were found in the application code itself.
  • On average, the number of vulnerabilities per web application reached one third as compared to 2018. As per reports each system had 22 vulnerabilities on average and, out of these 22, 4 were highly risky.
  • In 2019, one out of 5 vulnerabilities were highly Vulnerable.”

These statistics become significant when you also consider the 2019 Cost of Data Breach Study by IBM Security/Ponemon Institute reported the average total cost of a data breach has increased by 1.6% from the previous year and 12% over the past 5 years. Data breach now costs businesses an average of $3.92 million.

Ensuring Mobile And Web App Security Is Easy

Ensuring mobile and web app security is actually not as hard as you may imagine. New approaches to security assessments combined with DevSecOps and training focused on security best practices will help protect your investments in web and mobile app development.

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.

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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 and web apps to ensure security and privacy is the end game. Give us a call to better understand how you can more effectively handle mobile and web app security assessments in order to improve privacy and security for you users, or better yet schedule a consultation today.

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