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.
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.
The best approach to defending your applications is to layer both static and dynamic app protection. 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.