How to ensure application security in mobile device environments

In today's business environments, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets make up the fastest growing segment of computing devices—outpacing desktop and laptop computers. As more employees prefer to use mobile devices in the workplace, organisations are rapidly moving towards a bring your-own-device (BYOD) model—allowing employees to use their own mobile devices for business purposes. This often leads to employees having a mix of corporate and personal applications on the same device, which gives the security team less control over devices that can access corporate networks.

As a result of the increase in wireless devices in the workforce, organisations are becoming more concerned with mobile security. Many, in fact, see this area as a primary technology challenge to address and a main focus for security initiatives. This is because mobile device applications have the potential to interact with confidential or sensitive information. Hackers have noticed this fact and have started targeting these applications. The resulting attacks, frequently reported by the media, can lead to decreased trust in an application or an organisation that uses it. Although some application environments have become increasingly standardised and secure, there is considerable room for concern and significant need to provide improved security for mobile applications.

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