The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the economy and the traditional ways companies do business. To adapt, companies have added new services to their mobile apps or launched new apps to improve safety and capture more business. Here’s a look at how a handful of industries have innovated with mobile-centric strategies.
Mobile app users have become more savvy about protecting sensitive personal information and regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) restrict data usage and sharing practices. Developers can get ahead of regulatory action and improve the overall user experience by looking for ways to implement mobile app privacy features directly into their mobile apps. Here are six mobile app privacy features they should implement.
Mobile apps are critical to enabling the U.S. federal agencies such as the U.S Department of Defense to meet their mission. Core to that mission is ensuring a high security testing bar for the mobile apps they build and use. Until now, completing that security compliance testing has been a complicated, time-consuming manual process that was built for web apps, not mobile apps. Today, NowSecure is announcing the world’s first automated NIAP Mobile App Vetting solution that supports NIAP v1.3 Mobile App Vetting Protection Profile for Application Software.
As organizations seek to reduce costs and gain efficiencies, automation plays an increasingly important role in mobile application security. Automated mobile app security and privacy testing tools enable businesses and public-sector agencies to slash the costs of penetration testing by at least 50% and boost the productivity of security analysts tenfold.
Many mobile app developers with the best of intentions have rushed COVID-19 apps to Google Play and the App Store to assist with contact tracing, symptom diagnosis and outbreak maps. But in the speed to get apps that can help fight the pandemic out to the public quickly, some security and privacy vulnerabilities went undetected prior to release. Because the sensitive nature of healthcare information creates unique security and privacy challenges, I advise mobile app developers and security analysts to heed the following advice to avoid fairly common security, privacy and compliance issues.
In this dire time, the world is grasping for critical healthcare solutions to fight COVID-19. Incredible people have stepped up to leverage technology in meaningful ways to benefit humanity. The current stay-at-home orders afford app developers precious time to build innovative solutions that can help speed the return to normalcy. Thanks to our significant experience writing and testing the security of mobile applications, we’ve amassed a series of best practices that can guide the development of safe COVID-19 apps.