Mobile application protection

Mobile application protection

Mobile applications are vulnerable

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Mobile applications are key to the success of your organization. They give users access to your products and services at any time, from any location.

Their portability is their greatest advantage, but it also opens possibilities for abuse. Once they are downloaded, mobile applications escape your control. They circulate outside the network perimeter you have carefully secured, making them easy targets for hackers.

App threats and consequences

Common threats

  • Your mobile applications can be modified to display unwanted advertisements or to divert the revenue of included advertisements.

  • Keys that enable authenticated server communication can be lifted from unprotected applications.

  • Hackers can alter the authentication mechanisms in your applications to collect the credentials of unsuspecting users.

  • In-app payment modules can be tampered with to divert funds or collect sensitive login information.

  • Valuable application code can easily be extracted and reused. Unprotected applications can even be cloned in their entirety.

  • The online communication of mobile applications can be intercepted and redirected through a malicious server.

  • License-checking mechanisms can be removed to get or provide unallowed access to paid content.

  • Implemented security mechanisms can be changed, disabled or removed.

  • Your mobile applications can be modified to infect the user’s device with malware, steal sensitive data or divert revenue.

Consequences

  • Affected customers will turn to more trustworthy solutions.

  • Authorities have enacted strict regulations and impose heavy fines for security breaches.

  • Identifying and resolving security issues is a time- and resource-consuming process.

  • Investors avoid companies that are affected by security issues.

  • Code you have invested a lot of time and money in can be stolen by your competitors.

  • Revenue diversion greatly impacts your company’s cash flow.

  • Security incidents have a devastating effect on your brand image and the reputation of your company.

Hackers can reverse engineer your mobile applications using decompilers (Android) or disassemblers (iOS), or they can focus on the communication between your mobile applications and their server. These approaches enable different forms of abuse, each of which can have severe consequences for your organization.

Multilayered app security

To solve these mobile app security issues, it is essential to make your mobile applications self-defending. That means that multiple, mutually reinforcing layers of protection should be integrated in the code of your applications to shield them against threats at all times.

The integrated protection should consist of two complementary defense mechanisms:

Code hardening (encryption and obfuscation) protects your applications from static analysis. It makes sure the source code is unreadable to hackers that manage to decompile or disassemble them. This prevents hackers from gaining insight in the structure of your applications, extracting or altering the code and exploiting vulnerabilities.

Runtime application self-protection or RASP detects and prevents dynamic analysis and real-time attacks. It enables your applications to monitor their own integrity and the integrity of the device on which they are running and to react to potential threats. RASP also allows them to exchange information with a server in a secure manner.

Our products

Our software helps you to implement the necessary security measures to protect your Android and iOS applications. It integrates transparently in your build process and protects your applications for you.

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DexGuard

DexGuard is a state-of the-art security solution tailor-made for the protection of your Android applications. Learn more.

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iXGuard

iXGuard is a cutting-edge security product specifically designed to harden your iOS applications. Learn more.