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30 December 2014

Apps 'may compromise your security' – Gartner


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More than 75 per cent of mobile apps are in danger of failing basic security tests, according to consultancy Gartner. Remarkably, it reports that mobile devices are now much more insecure than desktop computers, suffering three times as many attacks.

Gartner sees particular risks arising in enterprises that have adopted a “bring your own device” (BYOD) strategy for mobile applications. According to Dionisio Zumerle, one of Gartner’s principal research analysts, more than 90 per cent of enterprises use third-party commercial applications for their mobile BYOD strategies. “This is where current major application security testing efforts should be applied,” he argues.

Such organisations are vulnerable to security breaches unless they adopt methods and technologies for mobile application security testing and risk assurance.

Zumerle says most enterprises are inexperienced in mobile application security. “Even when application security testing is undertaken, it is often done casually by developers who are mostly concerned with the functionality of applications, not their security.”

By 2017, Gartner suggests, mobile vulnerability could have a slightly different cause. By then, it says, misconfiguration of apps rather than actual attacks will account for 75 per cent of mobile breaches.

 

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