The million-dollar idea of a secure enterprise mobile app

Marina Astapchik
IT Trends Research Specialist
May 27, 2015

Recent years have shown that the closer your business is to the customer, the more chance of success it has. This has become a primary reason for companies to turn to mobile app development for a new customer type who is "always on the move" and to make the shift from laptops to more portable smartphones and tablets.

The growing practice of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has also made adjustments in the work process. Thousands of mobile applications have resulted in a higher level of productivity and profitability, but at the same time posed a new challenge — a challenge to corporate and personal security and privacy.

The very idea for the employee to be able to use his own device at work is brilliant, but it cannot exist without the risk of malicious apps or malware that may transmit sensitive corporate data to those who may abuse it. While hackers may be working tirelessly to make your data vulnerable, so much is being done by the "good guys" to make your device and network as secure as possible. Surely, the person who will one day create a super impenetrable enterprise app will be claimed the creator of a million-dollar idea, and he will rest on his laurels, sipping champagne Clos d`Ambonnay in his own villa at Cote d`Azur.

Unfortunately, the idea of a 100% fortified secure enterprise app still remains only an idea. Uncontrolled data sharing and an increasing number of channels for mobile access to corporate data from employees-owned devices create impediments to security at work. And it is no surprise that IT professionals work day and night on highly-efficient tools to proactively monitor, control, and protect your company from malicious apps, the ones that can circumvent traditional corporate security monitoring mechanisms and put your business at risk.

Cybercrimes attack corporate and personal data in three main directions: apps, devices, and networks. Therefore, mobile app development solutions that are already offered on the market include the countermeasures described below:

1. Mobile Device Management or Enterprise Mobility Management

Mobile device management, or MDM, represents a complicated security framework that protects enterprise data. MDM accesses employee-owned devices and detects risky app behavior that tries to collect data that is not relevant to its functions. In this way, it prevents data leakage and data theft. It may also help to detect pre-installed malware and get rid of it.

2. Large data sets and intelligence machines.

Oftentimes it is better to prevent than cure. That is why Big Data has become so useful in processing tons of data sets in order to prevent mainstream iOS attacks and defend companies from malicious apps and malware. With Big Data, security is no longer reactive but predictive and proactive, and it leads to an enterprise’s confidential data being more protected than ever.

So what does the million—dollar idea of an enterprise-secure app look like or entail?

1. It should be a Big Data app that analyzes tons of information and be able to detect any suspicious activity from a glance.
2. It should work together with the intelligence machines to predict attacks on internal networks.
3. It should be able to control mobile devices, apps, and data simultaneously.
4. It should prevent employees from accessing any corporate data and apps after they leave their workplace.

There are many more of "shoulds" to implement into a single app that will guard the enterprise by anticipating and defeating threats. But, one day mobile application development will definitely win out over the "cyber bad guys".

But as of now, mobile app developers are fighting a losing battle, and every day we hear new cases of data leakage. No device is immune from attacks and threats, and more malware and malicious apps are created every day and each month and are becoming more complicated to combat.

With 78% of companies allowing BYOD in the business environment and the rising number of apps deployed, it will not be a piece of cake for a mobile app development companyto create a 100% secure enterprise app. Therefore, this million-dollar idea is like a mirage which seems to be just the horizon but is actually in the middle of nowhere.

Elinext Group mobile application projects:

Mobile application for iOS "LingJob" Case Study
Ariel Deep Down Cleaning Case Study
Pantene Pro-V Game Case Study
CanaryVoice Case Study
QPR RoadShop Case Study

Industries and Technology Areas:

Industries: IT

Technology Areas: mobile application development, software development, custom software development, iOS, Android

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