Ensuring Mobile App Security
In the transition towards becoming a fully digital enterprise, business processes are rapidly changing. With the ubiquity of the modern enterprise mobile application, IT departments are scrambling to keep businesses secure in the era of the mobile workforce. Organizations should begin to acknowledge the increased need for strong mobile application security. In many organizations, the mobile device is the preferred method for accessing a wireless network, So it should be clear that no business should be without a capable and reliable MDM solution. Beyond a MDM solution, there are a number of precautions you can take to ensure that your data remains safe while using a mobile application
Beyond these MDM solutions, strong mobile application management solution should be utilized. With a number of of options ranging from containers to operating system native solution, it’s important to find the solution that best fits your company’s needs. Containerized MAM creates a secure environment on the device where the business related applications and data reside. Application wrapping often has a large role in applying a policy based management layer to any application to control both app activity and restrict data access abilities. These solutions can prevent users from side-loading public applications from unofficial application stores and its can silently push enterprise applications onto enrolled devices.
It’s also important for you to remain aware of data loss. Using a comprehensive use policy and a data encryption tool are the foundations of solid data protection. Utilizing a centralized application to securely access, store, and update the latest documents from a mobile device can also play a significant roll in data loss prevention.
While password resetting should be common practice for most application users, it still manages to be looked over. Account recovery questions should be more intensive than your basic “mother’s maiden name/birthday/favorite pet” sort of verification questions. The answers to these sorts of questions can be easily accessed through a quick visit to a social media profile. It’s considered best practice to apply more layers of security through additional authentication. Application authentication layers can be an additional line of defense against attackers. Providing app users with the ability to authenticate through their phone numbers can provide an extra level of security. For example, Twitter has on optional login verification that provides users with a unique code every time they sign into the application. Authentication layers based on behavioral differences, IP addresses, and location are also noted for their success.