Mobile app security worries causing channel concerns

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Mobile app security worries causing channel concerns

Simon Quicke


With security vulnerabilities in applications a problem the shift towards mobile devices is going to cause even more headaches.

Most firms can only dedicate the time and resources to running application vulnerability tests on an annual basis leaving themselves open to potential problems as software is updated and patched with untested third-party code.

In a recent report from application risk management specialist Veracode 57% of apps were found to have unacceptable security quality and 80% of those programmes that had been developed in house failed to comply with international web standards.

Those same vulnerabilities can also crop up on mobile devices and with more staff bringing in their own devices to work the problem is already becoming an issue for channel players.

Matt Peachey, vice president EMEA at Veracode, said that once the penny dropped about the potential risk firms faced then the size of the problem became quickly apparent.

"Web 2.0 apps sit on every device we own. The perimeter has gone and if you attach an iPhone app it gets you back to the data," he said.

Nick Garlick, managing director of Nebulas Solutions Group, said mobile devices security was already a hot topic with customers concerned about the integration of numerous platforms into corporate networks.

He said the level of awareness remained fairly low,  with very few customers having even deployed web application firewalls, but that would have to change over the next few years.




 


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