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    What is mobile application protection?

    Why is mobile application protection important?

    Mobile device usage has been growing rapidly, with smartphone users already reaching 3 billion worldwide and expected to exceed 3.8 billion by 2021. As mobile continues to become the primary platform consumers use in their everyday lives, mobile app developers will need to prioritize security throughout the development lifecycle.

    Often, organizations prioritize time-to-market over security in their mobile app release cycles. However, once apps are downloaded, they escape the developer’s control. From there, malicious actors can disassemble or decompile apps using readily available tools, or they can focus on communications between the application and the organization’s server.

    Common security threats to mobile apps

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    Unprotected mobile applications can be reverse-engineered and exploited in multiple ways. 

    Tampering and misuse could result in the following security threats:

    • Unauthorized access
    • Malicious code injections
    • Credential theft
    • App cloning
    • IP theft 
    • Broader system attacks
    • and more.

     

    REPORT: Mobile Apps Aren’t Secure Enough, Despite Dev Teams’ Priorities

    Multilayered mobile app protection with Guardsquare

    The best approach to defending your applications is to layer both static and dynamic app protection. Guardsquare’s mobile app security solutions defend against the full spectrum of mobile app attacks. Combining code hardening techniques such as code obfuscation and encryption with runtime application self protection (RASP) can help you remain both protected and compliant with the latest regulations. Here’s an overview of Guardsquare’s solutions.

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    DexGuard (Android) is a state-of-the-art Android security solution for the protection of applications and SDKs. 

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    iXGuard (iOS) is a cutting-edge security product designed to harden iOS applications and SDKs.

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    ThreatCast (Android & iOS) lets customers monitor threats in real time, adapt security configurations and protect their apps.

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    What makes Guardsquare different?

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    Multi-layered mobile app development security
    Guardsquare integrates multiple layers of security into the code of your mobile app, protecting against both static and dynamic analysis and runtime threats.

    • Code hardening (encryption and obfuscation) makes sure code is unreadable to hackers trying to reverse-engineer apps to extract sensitive information, alter source code or exploit vulnerabilities.
    • Runtime application self-protection (RASP) protects against dynamic analysis and runtime attacks, enabling applications to monitor both their own integrity and the integrity of the environment in which they’re running.
    • Real-time threat monitoring: After an Android or iOS app is released, security teams and developers often lack visibility into the most common attack vectors and most targeted parts of their code. Real-time threat monitoring enables teams to identify threats, adapt their security configurations, and protect apps from suspicious activity and malicious users.
    Security for the entire mobile app development lifecycle

    Guardsquare helps teams implement app security with tools that simplify testing and security improvements at various points throughout the development lifecycle. With its unique combination of testing, code hardening, runtime application-self protection, and threat monitoring, teams using Guardsquare can continuously integrate security.

    Mobile app development security resources