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Jan 4 2012   3:04PM GMT

Securing Smartphone Apps, CompTIA-Style

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Last month, CompTIA announced it is teaming up with viaForensics (a digital forensics and security firm) to create a new “Secure Mobile App Developer” credential this year. Citing IDC research that estimates that annual mobile app download numbers will jump from 10.7 billion in 2010 to almost 183 billion in 2015 (that’s an annual growth rate of just over 37 percent, as shown in this handy-dandy constant annual growth rate (CAGR) calculation (from

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The net-net is that’s a HUGE amount of growth, and with app security already an occasional and sometimes vexing or dangerous issue, these problems are only going to get worse. Thus, the goal of the new credential for programmers, and testing services for the apps that they build, is designed to tackle security problems head-on and avert the large numbers of potential disasters that might otherwise occur in their absence. This effort appears to be primarily in the kick-off and research phases, so there’s not much else to report right now, except to say that the credential and app testing will cover both iOS and Android environments, presumably with tracks to match. It’s also not unreasonable to assume that viaForensics appSecure service known as appwatchdog, and its mobile security intelligence gathering and reporting services, will play a major role in the testing side of this interesting equation.

For once I find myself hearily applauding a CompTIA initiative, and hungry for more dates, news, and information. Count on me to dig some up, then blog about them here!

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