A keen focus on technology has helped fast casual company Sweetgreen expand across the nation. The company has plans to create a ‘food platform’ or integrated food system from supply chain all the way to delivery. Sweetgreen is but one example of mobile digital transformation that dramatically changes the way that companies interact with their customers, employees and partners. And attackers have taken notice of mobile.
What will 2020 hold for mobile application security? NowSecure predicts we’ll see an intensified focus on privacy, mobile DevSecOps gaining traction and ample activity around wearables and Internet of Things (IoT). Here are some of the mobile appsec trends and challenges that our experts anticipate we’ll see in 2020.
In the course of performing Android application security testing, I suspected that a library called libpac might be vulnerable to exploit. This vulnerability has been assigned CVE-2019-2205. Google deployed a fix and we recommend all users apply it to secure their devices against exploitation.
While corporations widely recognize the convenience and productivity enhancements that mobile applications deliver to their customers and employees, too few realize that mobile apps also can present significant security and privacy risks. It’s not difficult to find examples of mobile app data breaches that resulted in severe consequences, both in terms of money and corporate reputation. Given that smartphone apps account for 63% of total digital minutes, according to the Comscore “2019 Global State of Mobile” report, it stands to reason that attackers are going where the traffic is.
To improve the guest experience and keep pace with competition, hotels worldwide are deploying digital key technology that allows guests to skip the front desk and use their mobile apps to remotely check in and go directly into their rooms without needing key cards. However, hotel mobile apps have vulnerabilities that can be exploited, as researchers demonstrated at the Black Hat USA 2019 conference.
Managers can find guidance for mobile app security verification and testing requirements from the OWASP Mobile Security Verification Standard (MASVS). We recommend using MASVS as a starting point for developing a plan of attack and standardizing testing using the Mobile AppSec Model. Learn more about it here.