By Stephen Donovan, UK MDM

No longer the new kid on the tech block, mobile apps have broken through their early fad-phase to become an integral part of the way in which mobile users access commercial services and personal information on the move.

This mounting reliance on mobile has compelled many businesses to develop apps in order to compete effectively in their marketplace. For companies that launch such apps, the monetary benefits can be lucrative – just look at Starbucks. But as with any emerging tech, there are a number of security considerations required to safeguard these benefits and offset the risk when launching a new mobile app.

In order to adequately protect your company’s assets, a comprehensive, all- encompassing approach to mobile app security is needed; one that offers flexibility and security at every level of mobile application management – from the device to the data centre.

Check Your Company’s Data Capture Policy

Mobile devices are capable of capturing user data in a near-disturbing number of ways – from image and video capture, to geo-location, fingerprint scans, proximity and even sound input. In order to comply with individual data capture policies, businesses should implement a sophisticated MDM that allows control over such data capture sensors remotely.

Use Device Access Control

According to this report by the BBA, there are 10.5 million unique log-ins each day on mobile banking apps. Thankfully, banking apps are at the forefront of sophisticated device access control; implementing a series of measures that protect the app from physical access – including pattern swipe, biometric scan, facial recognition and password technology. Implementing similar security measures will ensure the safety of both your own and your customers’ sensitive data.

Implement Multi-Layered Security Controls

As touched on above, it’s imperative enterprises implement a multi-layered security infrastructure in order to manage the security of mobile apps. Hackers are developing advanced methods of accessing data stored by mobile apps, and will exploit any and all weaknesses in the mobile security ecosystem

To ensure comprehensive app security, it’s vital businesses use multiple levels of security control, including encryption of data, remote, device-level security policies, and a secure cloud sharing solution. Only then can they guarantee all-encompassing mobile app security.

Safeguard Against Data Loss

With an innumerable quantity of data stored, accessed and managed via mobile apps – data leakage incidents are on the up. This means, enterprises need to utilise a robust data loss prevention system in order to safeguard sensitive information and stop it from being accessed by those with malicious intent.

Use Antivirus Software

Enterprise-grade antivirus software is an essential component of mobile app security – particularly for dedicated Android apps, which have experienced major issues with malware in the past. Antivirus software will prevent viruses and associated malware from being spread and stored on the mobile device operating system – ensuring complete protection from data loss.

Manage Security Effectively

To manage valuable corporate information and prevent catastrophic data loss, enterprises should implement an all-encompassing, inter-departmental approach to mobile app security in which each employee – not just IT – plays a key part in the on-going management and supervision of mobile app security.