Mobile App Security Testing: Essential Steps for Protecting Your Business

icon Posted by: Praveen Joshi
icon December 30, 2022

In Brief

Why Mobile Applications are a Popular Target?

Mobile applications are an efficient way to ease day-to-day transactions for business organizations. They can take good care of the financial and social operations of a business. All these functions involve a heavy amount of data handling and transition. The transactions usually occur online on the network. This makes a lucrative invitation to hackers. From your Facebook credentials to your bank account and credit card details, every bit of crucial information is available for hackers to compromise. So, in short, we can say that attackers have a lot of incentives on offer if they successfully breach your mobile applications. This is the reason why these applications are a popular target for them.

75%

of all mobile applications will fail the basic security test according to a survey done by some security experts.

60%

of mobile application on an average individual device remains untouched after the initial login.

50%

of mobile applications with more than five million downloads have at least one high-risk security flaw.

25%

of mobile apps on Google Play Store alone include security flaws that might lead to breaches.

Importance of Mobile App Security Testing

The first thing that makes security testing for mobile applications important is the consequence you face with unsecured applications. Hacks, data breaches, and other catastrophic incidents await your business infrastructure if your mobile applications are not adequately secured. Most mobile applications are handling end-user data. This liberates a vast potential for hackers to target these apps for better gains.

An application usually carries client personal data including email, phone number, home address, credit card numbers, and bank account numbers. If such information is compromised, attackers can impart quite a bit of damage. They can potentially make illicit transfers, and tamper with the rightful owner’s account in many ways. These are the reasons, particularly why you need methods like mobile penetration testing and other such security testing procedures.

Major Security Threats to Mobile Applications

Although there are numerous threats that might compromise your mobile application. But the major threats we see often are:

· Poor Data Encryption

If you are storing data in local files without encrypting it, you might end up regretting it. Encrypted data helps your information safe even if hackers get their hands on it.

· Vulnerable OSS

Keep your operating software up to date with all the latest security patches. Otherwise, hackers are always looking to exploit the loopholes within your outdated software.

· Reverse Engineering

Hackers go through the application development process by disassembling it piece by piece to understand the algorithms and identify vulnerabilities to exploit.

·Mobile App Attacks

Attackers develop exact copies of a trusted application and inject it with malware to steal data from your phone.

Ways to Maximize the Output of Mobile App Security Testing

The following are the best practices that will fortify the testing process for your mobile applications:

  • Optimizing security features: Mobile applications run on various devices and software platforms. You must check the security features on all these parameters.
  • Assessing the performance of tests: After every security test is carried out, it is important to audit the results carefully. This gives you a better chance to identify embedded spyware, Trojans, viruses, data leakage, unsolicited network connections, and many others.
  • Securing the data-in-transit: Data in transition is way more vulnerable than stored data. You can implement an SSL or VPN tunnel for protection against data theft and privacy leaks.

  • Leveraging robust hack-proof code: Malware attacks and data breaches are the most used attack vectors against mobile applications. Writing robust codes that are free from backdoors to be exploited by hackers can eliminate these threats.
  • Careful selection of third-party libraries: Most applications rely on third-party libraries for specific codes. You should test the codes thoroughly before incorporating them into your application architecture.
  • Proper assessment of codes: While testing the applications, give special attention to the automated codes. It will simplify securing mobile apps in agile-based environments.

Before You Go!

  • Adhering to the advised practices will help you effectively maximize the output for your mobile app security testing processes.
  • If you are finding it difficult to do it yourself, you can seek help from an expert service provider like RSK Cyber Security.

Tags

  • mobile application security
  • mobile penetration testing

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