In this technologically driven era, where the usage of mobile phones has become so common, several new mobile phones are shipped every year. Businesses today are successfully adapting to the creation of applications which help in driving more and more revenue and help to surge the customer engagement. In a world where there are enormous ways of expanding the business through apps, there are many ill ways too, by which these apps are being exposed to malicious activities.
Mobile hacking is becoming very convenient nowadays and this is because of many reasons like:
- It is very easy and quicker way to access any information about a particular entity.
- There are multifarious tools available in the market which supports hacking activities.
- The unprotected binary code can be easily accessed, examined and can be attacked by the hackers.
Mobile apps have paved a great path for enhancing the credibility of the business to a great extent. It is delivering value to a great number of mobile users worldwide and provides them with all the necessary information which they need. But the issue of concern over here is that are the mobile applications really secure or protected from the malicious activities of the hackers?
Many researchers have been carried out under this aspect which has revealed several facts like almost 100% paid apps on he Google android platform have been hacked. On the other hand, 53% apps on the apple IOS have been hacked. These percentages have been growing up at an alarming rate keeping in mind the BYOD (Bring your own device) policies to allow the employees to merge their personal and professional lives.
There are several steps which can be undertaken to secure the mobile workforce in the age of BYOD which involves formulating a proper framework and its effective implementation to secure the mobile apps to the maximum possible extent.
- SECURE THE CODE: Most of the mobile malware attack the vulnerabilities in the design and the coding of all the applications they target. The malicious code is infecting more than 11.5 million mobile devices at a particular point of time and the number of mobile malware samples is growing at a rapid rate. Entrepreneurs, therefore, should keep in mind all the tools which help the developers to detect security exposures and make the applications strong enough against tampering.
- DETECTING RUN-TIME ENVIRONMENT: No matter how secure an application is, the security completely trusts on the underlying device. Rooted devices can represent an execution risk which may be allowed for certain enterprise apps. The mobile app sandbox which mostly present in the mobile operating system should be intact.
- SECURE THE DATA: Data must be secured against any theft and leakage. The potential of data loss increases if the device gets lost. Enterprise should look into the “remote wipe” capabilities to address any stolen devices. Mobile encryption can also be used to secure the data within the application.
4. CONTROL THE EXECUTION OF TRANSACTIONS: The mobile applications enables the users to transact with the enterprise services on the go, So organizations should make a point to adapt an approach to risk-free transaction execution while considering many risk factors such as device security, user locations, and other mobile network connections. IT security professionals should make appoint to develop a proper mobile security framework to reap gains.