What mobile app security requirements do we need?

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Our organization is looking to get into mobile app. Since we care about the security state of our devices so they dont get inadvertently get unlocked (network lock gets disabled due to security issues) as we are targeting in house and third party apps. What would be the best way to apporach those security req as IT sec knows nothing about device security and yet how an app behaves on our devices is what needs to be governed? Any ideas on how we can achieve that?


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With the existing security features, additional features can be built in the app you develop to use. The extent of additional security will depend on the criticality of the app. There are multiple additional level security measures, authentications and validations possible to develop in an app.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Focusing only on Android / iOS phones, as the tag indicated the same. Absolutely there is no app security is required for the both. As android is based on Linux OS, and it has built-in security that can protect itself. The mechanism prevents almost all kinds of hack / vulnerable. If you not share pin/password or other security questions. On the other hand, iOS has superb built-in technology and security mechanism that protects itself also. This OS is highly strong and built-in hardening system. It is almost not possible to hack the system without share pass/pin or other security measures. As you mentioned, this is office related, hopefully there is no game will be downloaded / other unnecessary apps will be installed there. Thinking there must be a rules that can be obeyed by all.
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  • mobileappstesting
    Absolutely there is no app security is required for the both. As Android is based on Linux OS, and it has built-in security that can protect itself.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Great question. The answer? It depends. What will the app(s) be used for? What information will they be storing or processing? What regulatory requirements must you meet? What are your threats? What's your risk tolerance? Here's a piece that I wrote for SearchSoftwareQuality that may help:
    https://searchsoftwarequality.techtarget.com/tip/Building-solid-security-requirements.
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  • carlosdl
    "Absolutely there is no app security is required for the both. As android is based on Linux OS, and it has built-in security that can protect itself."

    I would say that Android is probably the most insecure mobile platform nowadays. The operating system is probably secure, but the possibility of applications doing undesired/harmful things is very high.

    Users usually grant apps permissions indiscriminately, and Google is not good enough at stopping malicious applications from getting to the Play Store. This is a very dangerous combination.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    If a person opens his house's main gate at night and goes for sleep, then how he can be protected himself. Focusing on Android, it has very good protection measure which is built-in mechanism, that mentioned already. Now it is your choice which apps you should download/ install. I experienced the same a while ago. I have installed 360 degree on my Android based mobile (however now I moved to iOS) and after a period it started rebooting several times in a day automatically. I carried it to authorized Samsung service center, after checked they asked why I installed such kind of apps. I told them for security. The person told me it is not necessary, just due to this your phone behaves like this. And he suggested not to install other unnecessary apps or any type of anti virus. but never share your pass / pin / pattern or other security means to unknown person. Specially, du meter / cleaners / heavy memory cached games etc. However, this is only my point of view.
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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    With the existing security features, additional features can be built in the app you develop to use. The extent of additional security will depend on the criticality of the app. There are multiple additional level security measures, authentications and validations possible to develop in an app.
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