Unless it’s made to be, no enterprise app is safe from potential data leaks and breaches. Enterprise app development is filled with multiple of security challenges. A growing number of companies are mobilizing apps without focusing much on security. Weak security will increase more data losses, breaches and ultimately monitory damage to businesses. As of Lopez Research’s recent study, only 64% of companies have considered security as a key concern in their enterprise app development process. 22% of companies do not even know that they are exposed to breach. 42% of respondents say that they have never had any security breach to their mobile apps.
In fact security threats to mobility exist at mass level. And they will increase with the increasing penetration of mobile apps in the enterprise segment. But they can also be dealt. To fight against these challenges, app developers will need a four-pronged line of defense.
Securing the code to provide primary defense to app
In an enterprise app development, developers struggle to keep a balance between the demand of features and risks caused by the customization to implement these features. As a result, proper efforts to be put for testing an app may be limited or sometime compromises may have to be made to fulfill to demand of clients. But it’s almost impossible for developers to detect vulnerabilities in apps if these apps aren’t tested properly, across various OSs. For properly testing the mobile apps, every weakness of the code has to be removed so that no scope is left for any sort of exploitation.
Adding security features into apps
Mobile device management isn’t sufficient to deal with challenges in mobility. With rising trend of ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) and deployment of apps at contractors, agents and other third-party ends, it’s turning out to be necessary to create business apps with inbuilt mobile application management features. Businesses conscious about security have gone a step ahead by implementing a self-defending mechanism in apps to prevent hackers from reverse engineering the code.
Multifactor authentication Implement
The Verizon Data Investigation Report mentions that nearly 50 percent of all security breaches are caused because of the compromised credentials. Hackers and attackers can also collect credentials without the knowledge of users. This can be prevented by multi-factor authentication implementation for accessing the sensitive data. The multi-factor authentication methods can be applied to an app on following bases:
- The data type contained by an app;
- User’s location and network security; and
- Whether the device is approved by company
Evaluate threat detection software
Traditional implementations are aimed at preventing threats but a better security implementation is one which quickly detects threat when they occur. Company should start focusing on contextual security implementation which is based on the identity of users, and other information like location, time of day, role and the type of data accessed.