What is Mobile Application Security Testing (MAST)?

    Learn why mobile application security testing needs to be a focus at the beginning, and throughout, the app development lifecycle.

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    Why mobile application security testing

    Mobile applications are a critical part of our everyday lives, and their relevance to the way we live is only growing. In fact, mobile app revenue is predicted to reach $935 billion by 2023.

    As people and businesses alike depend on mobile apps for convenience and financial success, the way they store and process information is becoming even more sophisticated.

    Despite these growing complexities, too many developers consider security needs at the end of the software development lifecycle. To identify the weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and threats that impact an app, MAST (mobile app security testing) needs to be a priority from the start of the development journey.

    Ways to test mobile application security

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    Techniques for MAST

    Mobile application security testing is a process that can serve many goals. But in the end, it’s always about hardening the application code and mitigating risks. Two techniques for testing an application are static analysis and dynamic analysis.

    • Static Analysis

      is a testing approach that looks at a code-based representation of an application, either through direct inspection of the source code or through decompiling the application and its resources for inspection.

    • Dynamic Analysis

      is an approach for analyzing an application at run-time. This can be especially useful for identifying behavioral differences for different target platforms/runtimes while evaluating runtime behaviors or protections interactively.

    Types of tools for automated Mobile Application Security Testing