Are Mobile Apps Secure?

By Samuel Greengard
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    Are Mobile Apps Secure?

    Are Mobile Apps Secure?

    Virtually all of the most widely used mobile apps have vulnerabilities and weaknesses, including in critical areas such as data storage and transport security.

There's no disagreement that mobile technology helps workers and their employers achieve enormous gains in productivity. However, as organizations migrate to mobile devices and practices, the need for robust security grows. What's more, mobile devices and apps represent very different cyber-security risks and dangers. A recent report from mobile data security and management firm Wandera, "Assessing the Security of 10 Top Enterprise Apps," sheds some light on the security risks related to the most widely adopted enterprise apps. The firm's SmartWire Labs team performed a comprehensive security assessment of the most popular business apps used on corporate devices for its enterprise customers across North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. Here are some of the key findings: Virtually all of the most widely adopted mobile apps display vulnerabilities and weaknesses, including in critical areas such as data storage security and data transport security. In addition, virtually all lack anti-jailbreak protection, and most are missing other key security features.

This article was originally published on 2016-06-21
Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).
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