Nowadays mobile application security is at the peak of every company’s concern list, and for good reason: Almost all employees now regularly access corporate data from smartphones, and that means keeping sensitive info out of the wrong hands is a more complex issue. According to a report, the average cost of a corporate data breach is a whopping $3.92 million.

The threat model is different for mobile devices. There is much more risk to sensitive data being stolen or leaked due to the portable nature of the devices and the types of applications that are used. Mobile devices are often shared temporarily. Mobile applications are highly connected to web services, they have payment capability. Mobile applications associate with device sensors such as cameras, microphones, and location detection.

Risks to Mobile Apps Security

Nearly every application we analyzed were at risk of being exploited by hackers. In the client-side vulnerabilities segment, we pointed out that the most basic issue with mobile applications was insecure data storage. The most obvious scenario is malware. Here we are going to mention the top 5 risks to mobile application security in 2020.

1-   Weak Server-Side Controls: Any communication which happens among the application and the user outside the mobile phones happens through a server. Thus, that becomes a prime target that gets exploited by cybercriminals. The precautions you can take to ensure server-side security may range from hiring a specialized cybersecurity specialist in-house to just using a testing tool and taking usual precautions. The larger problem occurs when developers don’t undertake traditional server-side security concerns under the account. Some common reasons accounting to this:

  • Base security budgets
  • Lack of cybersecurity knowledge
  • Too much dependability on the mobile OS for security updates and responsibility
  • Vulnerabilities are due to cross-platform development and compilation.

“29% of server-side components contain vulnerabilities that can cause disruption of app operation”

2-   Blind Trust on App Stores- App stores come pre-installed on our mobile devices and give access to many mobile applications. We blindly trust that the app stores have performed due diligence on the apps in their stores. So far, in reality, app store merchants lack the cycles to ensure that the apps they make available won’t open up our employees/users to risks that can harm the business.

3-   Unsafe Data Storage: Another basic mobile application security loophole is the lack of safe data storage. A standard practice between the developers is to depend upon the client storage for the data. But client storage is not a sandbox environment where data breaches are not possible. In the event of an acquisition of the mobile by an opponent, this data can be easily exploited, manipulated and used. This can result in identity fraud, reputation destruction and external policy violation (PCI).

4-   Easy Authorization and Authentication: Easy or lacking authentication allows hackers to anonymously operate the mobile application or backend server of the application. This is fairly prevailing because of a mobile device’s input form factor. The form factor promotes small passwords that are normally based on 4-digit PINs. Unlike in the case of traditional web apps, mobile application users are not expected to be online throughout their sessions. Mobile internet connections are not as secure as traditional web connections. Therefore, mobile apps may need offline authentication to keep uptime. This offline requirement can generate security loopholes that developers must consider when executing mobile authentication.

5-   Broken Cryptography: Broken cryptography is a basic mobile apps security issue that occurs due to bad encryption or wrong implementation. By exploiting the vulnerabilities cybercriminals can decrypt the important data to its initial form and manipulate or steal it as per his comfort. Broken cryptography can happen due to complete dependence on built-in encryption processes, the use of custom encryption protocols, the use of vulnerable algorithms, etc. Cybercriminals can also be helped from poor key management like storage of keys in easily accessible locations or avoiding hard coding of keys within the binary.

Detox technologies cover all the risks related to mobile application security testing and prevent organizations to be exploited by cyber criminals.