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Keep Hackers Away from Stealing your App Data

Since a few years a new trend has started called ‘bring your own device to work’. This sounds fascinating. Taking your laptop, smartphones and tablets to work and doing your office work on them. It is always comfortable to work on your own device than changing settings every time you switch to a different device.

According to Gartner, 40% of U.S. employees of large enterprises use personally owned devices for work.

This gives rise to a big question… How safe it is for the organization to let their employees work on their devices? Especially, in the software development, mobile application development and other sort of coding environment?Although, strong encryption process has been followed during the deployment of the application developed. But when you switch from one network to other, from office to work, from some unknown network in the cafe` would increase the risk of cyber attack on your application in the process of development.

I am not saying that this privilege of bringing own device to work should be refrained. But application development is one such task which is to be done in highly secure environment. So, developers must use company’s device to develop, test and deploy the application. Otherwise, your code is being exposed and becoming vulnerable for cyber attacks and breach.

When you are developing an application that deals with monetary transactions, users’ confidential information, it becomes important to invest good budget in cyber security.

“There’s a huge amount of benefit to leveraging technology to bring insights to your account, but there’s always a risk when you start to consolidate all of that information into one program,” said Kennet Westby, co-founder and president of Coalfire.

You cannot give away the confidential information of your clients just like that. Many small companies and start-ups don’t have budget to invest in cyber security. If you cannot do that, make sure your coding is very strong. All the sensitive data had been encrypted multiple times making it impossible to break. Two factor authentication is the demand of today’s cyber world. It gives a sense of satisfaction to you and to your users as well.

A recent study of 640 businesses by the Ponemon Institute found that the average company tests less than half of the mobile apps it builds, and 33% of companies never test their apps for security before they go to market.

Well, this is a completely factual statement. Before bringing your app into the market, the testers must test it to the cores. Any loop hole in the functionality can pose a serious threat. Second thing, too many permissions required to make the app functional or transaction complete. Such permissions are easily or by default granted by the user. This gives an open invitation to the hackers to breach into your data. So, it is important for your to minimise the permissions required. This would help you a lot in curbing malware attacks.

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