Introduction to Mobile Application Security Testing | NeuraLegion

If you’re suspecting whether or not your mobile app is secured and safe to use, it may be time to consider a security assessment. Average U.S consumer spends about 3 hours a day on digital media using mobile apps and web usage via smartphone.

Since mobile apps are collecting user data from personally identifiable information to financial data, it’s obligatory for mobile application producers to provide optimum security for their platform. Data breaches through mobile apps are an increasingly popular target among cybercriminals – and the average cost of a data breach can span anywhere from $1.25 million to $8.19 million depending on the country and the industry, according to our research.

Why is it important to do security testing?

Insecure app communication, insufficient cryptography, insecure data storage, not proper usage of APIs, and secure network communication are only some of the considerations that must be secured by design in order to minimize the likelihood of breaches, theft and abuse of the application.

Mobile Application Security Testing  (MAST) – reduces your risk of a data breach, tests and identifies all the potential vulnerabilities and ensures that a mobile application is safe and meets adequate security compliance.

Key Benefits of MAST

Complete mobile app coverage
Secures your critical apps with industry leading mobile application security testing, scan for OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities and more.
Flexibility
Our easy to use SaaS solution empowers you to manage your assessments. Schedule tests, and make modifications as business requirements change and threats evolve.
SDLC integration
AIAST® technology integrates with CI/CD tools, making it easy to deploy and integrate into your systems.
Verified, actionable results
AIAST® technology validates every vulnerability so you can focus your remediation efforts on verified findings with zero False Positives.
Scalability & comprehensiveness
Scan any number of mobile applications without compromising and get detailed reporting and remediation guidance.
Consistency
Get the same high-quality MAST results all the time for any mobile application.


Building a mobile app – Security requirements

Despite the uncertainties, there are some actions you can take to reduce the risk of a breach. Your application might still not be bulletproof, but here are some guidelines that will help you build a more secure mobile app.

1. Confidentiality

Your application should disclose information to third parties, meaning no other than the intended receptions through end-to-end encryption when transferring any sensitive data.

2. Integrity

Integrity concerns preserving information from and modifications by third parties while being transferred. Confidentiality schemes can help avoid creating vulnerabilities in the code and ensure that the obtained data is accurate and unaltered.

3. Authentication

Authentication is intended to confirm the identity of the user and to verify if the app is trustworthy. This piece of code can be installed onto devices and will inform systems of the authenticity of the app and the source.

4. Authorization

Proper authorization is normally preceded by authentication for user identity verification. During authorization system needs to assure that the authenticated user can or can’t perform a certain action. This might cause a vulnerability in the system, here is an example that Instagram had.

5. Availability

The fast and reliable method needs to be implemented to make the information or resources available in the right locations and format exactly when authorized users request them.

6. Non-repudiation

Non-repudiation assures that both receiver and sender can’t deny having received or sent some information, and it’s usually the most difficult security requirement to implement . The goal is to track information from point “A” assuring that it’s not modified on the way to point “B”. If any modifications can be made it means that you have a security breach.

MAST should be a priority when building a mobile application – equally important as developing features, design and delivery it on time. This is a necessity for every app, whether it is a recipe collection, online shopping, or a banking app. Most vulnerabilities can be bypassed or limited if security practices are followed, while all the other loopholes and exposures can be detected and remediated through comprehensive automated mobile security testing.

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