Extends Leading Mobile App Security Solutions with Standards-Based Testing to Achieve ioXt Mobile App Security Certification
Chicago, IL April 15, 2021 — NowSecure, the leading standards-based mobile app security and privacy software company, announced today in partnership with the ioXt Alliance a new NowSecure ioXt Compliance Testing Solution that empowers organizations to rapidly certify their IoT-connected mobile apps and mobile VPNs for the ioXt Mobile Application Profile. Leveraging more than a dozen years of mobile app pen testing and certification experience with unique automated NowSecure testing software, NowSecure is an ioXt Authorized Lab that provides fast turnaround, high-quality results and collaborative assistance to quickly complete compliance certification.
With over 26 billion Internet of things (IoT) devices today projected to grow to more than 75 billion by 2025, modern life, home and organization depend on IoT for convenience, safety and productivity. As the global standard for IoT security, the ioXt Alliance for years has offered security certification for IoT devices. Now, in partnership with NowSecure, Google, Amazon and other leading vendors, the ioXt Alliance has defined a rigorous industry-wide security certification standard for the mobile apps that connect to and manage those IoT devices and mobile VPNs. This will enable vendors and developers of more than 4,500 IoT-connected mobile apps in public app stores to ensure security and protection for their mobile users.
“We are excited to announce our partnership with the ioXt Alliance and our solution for ioXt Compliance testing,” said NowSecure CEO. “The wild west of mobile app security and privacy needs standards to provide consistency and confidence. From OWASP MASVS to NIAP and now ioXt, we are seeing the industry shift towards standards-based specifications and formal compliance certifications for mobile apps. We look forward to helping all IoT and VPN manufacturers ensure the security of their IoT-connected mobile apps and VPNs through a fast, accurate, cost effective process — raising the bar to ensure the protection of all mobile users.”
A recent benchmark of 140 popular IoT-connected mobile apps and VPNs available in public app stores found 887 security issues with an average number of 6 security issues per app. While the vast majority of apps tested properly secured their credentials, authentication and network communication, security weaknesses were found in data stored on the device, weak encryption and leakage of personally identifiable information (PII).
Mobile app security, privacy and compliance testing is challengingly complex – and fundamentally different from web, network, PC, IoT device and other technologies. NowSecure brings considerable experience as the only ioXt Authorized lab that is mobile-first and mobile only, with more than 12 years of experience. NowSecure leverages advanced automated tools used by expert analysts for speed, accuracy and cost efficiency. More than simply generating test reports, NowSecure collaborates with developers to ensure fast remediation of any issues for fast certification. Finally, NowSecure provides an easy transition from one-time testing to deploying automated continuous ioXt compliance and continuous mobile app security testing for more complete coverage throughout the lifecycle.
“As the mobile app industry continues to grow, security has become increasingly important to all stakeholders and end users,” said Brad Ree, CTO of the ioXt Alliance. “The partnership with NowSecure will help us verify that security standards are met for mobile apps and VPNs in line with the Mobile Application Profile, which will ensure security transparency and better digital safety for all users.”
As the proliferation of mobile apps continues to grow, standards-based industry testing and certification are critical for consistent predictability, safety and governance. Standards dramatically improve mobile app development and security team alignment and collaboration, which in turn improves quality and speeds release times for mobile app creators. The NowSecure ioXt Compliance Solution extends the company’s suite of standards-based compliance and certification solutions including NIAP, OWASP MASVS, GDPR, CCPA, FFIEC, FISMA, HIPAA, GDPR and numerous industry regulatory standards.
Designed for IoT manufacturers, IoT-connected mobile app developers and mobile VPN creators, the NowSecure ioXt Compliance Solution is available immediately and has already been used to certify many ioXt member companies. Learn more about the new NowSecure ioXt Compliance Solution here.
Developers of IoT-connected mobile applications and mobile VPNs can get started on ioXt certification today by requesting a free report (bit.ly/NS-ioXt) to understand their current ioXt compliance posture.
As the recognized experts in mobile security and privacy, NowSecure protects the global mobile app economy and safeguards the data of millions of mobile app users. Built on a foundation of standards, NowSecure empowers the world’s most demanding organizations with security automation to release and monetize 30% faster, reduce testing and delivery costs by 30% and reduce appsec risk by 40%. Only NowSecure offers a full solution suite of continuous security testing for DevSecOps, mobile app supply-chain monitoring, expert mobile pen testing as a Service (PTaaS) and training courseware. NowSecure actively contributes and supports the mobile security open-source community, standards and certification including OWASP MASVS, ADA MASA, NIAP and is recognized by IDC, Gartner, Deloitte Fast 500, and TAG Cyber.