Mobile devices have overpowered PCs and laptops and have become the best medium to access content and services. Businesses are already into mobile application development to attract new customers and increase employee productivity. This fast paced development of apps has introduced a major security concern for businesses.
Recent cyber attacks has awaken the businesses to revise their traditional security models and protect the sensitive information more effectively. Many companies have realized that mobile app security is not something to be taken into account at the time of deployment only, but should be a part of mobile application development throughout.
At this level, the security team should work with the app development team to examine the initial risks and so better understand the business continuity requirement for app availability, policy drivers, procedures & process involved, purpose of mobile app based on the market & user context, suitable technical environment for app’s development and deployment, etc.
Security team and mobile app developers should work together to identify threats in areas dealing with sensitive information and discover different mitigation strategies for the same. We, at AppInventiv- top mobile application development company, recommend to follow the threat model from early app development stages to throughout the development phase so as to deal with possible vulnerability.
Reviewing the design at the design phase is also useful to find and resolve security risks. But, it should be considered that the review part must be done by an independent moderator, with no relation with the development team. The app documents should be reviewed and the app owners & app developers should be interviewed so as to introduce the business purpose of the mobile app for better mobile app security analysis.
Our mobile application development team says that reviews should be conducted once the development is done and design is about to begin throughout. In other words, it should be practiced at the end of every development phase and starting of the design phase.
Security testing for each particular unit should be done throughout the development process, once the testing for modules and phases is finished. For better mobile app security, our mobility experts suggest reviewing codes and testing each unit. At this point, one should pay attention to both software, hardware and the corresponding network environment.
Though security check is necessary at each stage of mobile application development, but it is must at the time of deployment. It is required that you completely check and fix errors before your app goes ‘live’.
Once the security team finds all the risks, it is necessary to prioritize, assess and implement the identified controls. To implement most appropriate controls, mobile app developers of AppInventiv recommend implementation of the least expensive approach.
Refer the Industry standards: All the mobile application development firms should rely on the Industry standards like HIPAA, OWASP guidelines, NIST SP 800-30 guidelines and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to determine if their efforts to integrate security goes with the industry guidelines or if there’s any loophole to fix.
Follow these steps throughout the process of mobile application development and come up with a safe, secure and reliable mobile app!
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