Think Like a Hacker: How Could Your Mobile Apps Be Compromised?

by Sarah Harvey / December 18th, 2019

The Pros and Cons of Mobile Applications

When you provide mobile apps to customers, they’re expecting them to be secure. They’ve entrusted you with their sensitive data by using your product, and it’s up to you to protect that data. Businesses today must do everything possible to mitigate the advancing threats facing mobile apps, both internally and externally. How sure are you that your organization is doing this? In this webinar, KirkpatrickPrice expert penetration tester, Stuart Rorer, dives into the most common vulnerabilities found in mobile apps and discusses how penetration testing can help keep them secure.

Like all technology, mobile applications have some wonderful benefits, but also have some security concerns that need to be addressed. The trick is to learn how to better secure the technology to thwart attacks before they occur. So, while mobile technology has made nearly everything in our lives more accessible and efficient, the cons of mobile technology should not be forgotten. For example, on the physical side of mobile technology, there are numerous risks: BYOD policies are challenging for IT teams because they’re difficult to secure and keep track of, devices can be stolen, and attackers can hack the devices remotely via Bluetooth. At the application level, mobile applications are vulnerable to common security issues like insecure communications, poor information storage, web attacks, revealed code, and tampering.

7 Proactive Steps for Protecting Your Mobile Apps

From malware attacks and backdoor threats to problems with surveillance, mobile apps will continue to be one of the most targeted attack vectors in 2020. We believe that following these seven steps will help you thwart these security issues and protect your mobile apps.

  1. Stay abreast of the latest security news.
  2. Invest in secure coding and practices for development teams.
  3. Invest in routine – not just annual – penetration testing on mobile applications.
  4. Use code obfuscators to better secure code from decompilation.
  5. Stay on top of the OWASP Top Ten and use their resources to better understand security issues.
  6. Do not trust the device to protect your files.
  7. Always use secure communications to transmit information.

How sure are you that you have found all of the vulnerabilities in your mobile apps? Could there be more you’re unaware of? Watch the full webinar now to learn about common vulnerabilities in mobile apps or let’s talk about how our mobile application penetration testing services can benefit you.