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Mobile applications need to be secured. It's not a question of "if" but "when" attacks will occur.

 

Today, many organizations are rushing to build mobile applications and mobile websites to gain a competitive advantage within their industry. The rate and speed at which applications are being pushed into the marketplace is phenomenal and is only increasing with the explosion of mobile devices. Traditional businesses have been forced to think outside of the box to leverage mobile devices in innovative and creative ways, partly from pressure by their competitors and their own employees with the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work.

 

Building traditional business applications versus building native mobile applications requires a change in a developer's mindset. Developers need to take into account how best to provide information to their end-users in real-time in order for business decisions to be made on the move from anywhere in world withoutcompromising security and access to the information.

 

While most organizations should be considering developing a mobile application, others are rushing to deliver applications quickly, on a limited budget with little internal resources, ultimately overlooking critical security considerations. Users are increasingly demanding secure mobile applications, and, understandably, organizations are hesitant because it usually means more time and money required to build secure mobile applications. However, there needs to be a happy medium to accommodate the very real security concerns of customers while still trying to gain a competitive advantage quickly for organizations.

 

To put mobile applications and data security in perspective, here are a few statistics that highlight the growing need for organizations to be mindful of security:

 

  • 85% of US companies have experienced one or more data breaches.1
  • Mobile malware increased by 250% over the last couple of years.2
  • 36% of mobile users do not have a password setup on their device.3
  • 30% of mobile users save their password in the notes apps on the phone.3
  • 70% of people have lost a smartphone or other device in the last 12 months.4
  • In 2012 – 264 mobile thefts were reported every day.4
  • 81% of US workers report at least one personal electronic device for business use.4
  • Mobile sales rose to 645 million devices by the end of 2012.5

 

From the statistics above, we can see that the security risks and challenges faced by organizations when building mobile applications are very real. Luckily, most of this can be avoided and overcome with some simple, proactive steps that can be taken by your development team, your IT department, and your end-users.

 

In this article, I will examine these challenges and outline solutions that will enable you to develop and deploy secure mobile applications quickly while ensuring user privacy and access to your critical business information are adequately protected.

 

 

Mobile Application Security can be broken down into following three main categories:

  • Securing Data at Rest on the Mobile Device
  • Securing Communication Between the Mobile Device and the Server
  • Securing   Application Access to the Data

Securing Data at Rest on the Mobile Device

With the ability of native applications on mobile devices to read/write files to the device operating system, it becomes extremely important to secure information so that only the intended application can access the information when end-users interact with the application. Luckily, both Android and Apple operating systems provide a sandbox environment for each application so that only that application can read/write data to the file system.

 

Applications should also encrypt the information on the file system using industry-standard encryption algorithms to further protect sensitive application data. Both Android and Apple also provide password, gesture, and pin access to the device that can be configured and set up so unauthorized use of applications and data on the device can be eliminated.

 

Mobile device manufacturers and operating system vendors in the marketplace today are increasingly being asked to provide additional security capabilities built into the operating system and software to conform to government regulations, identify malicious activity, detect viruses and spyware, as well as secure application data. Additionally, device manufacturers are now providing the ability to install business applications in a secure sandbox environment (dividing the mobile device into two parts so that the operating system separates corporate and personal data/applications) that can be integrated and controlled by the IT department in your organization.

 

When building applications for mobile devices and storing data on the device, it is important to consider and analyze the following key aspects:

  • Is the data being stored encrypted and compressed?
  • What is the lifespan of data stored on the device?
  • How sensitive is the information being stored? If very sensitive, should it be stored at all?
  • Has application access to the data been secured in some way, e.g., login user ID and password?
  • If the device is lost or stolen, can access to the application be immediately revoked and terminated?
  • If the device is lost or stolen, can the device be wiped remotely?
  • Is the data available for offline use? If yes, is the data erased and cleaned up by the application?

 

With the constant demand on business and IT to deliver "more with less," organizations can deliver real business value using a Mobile Application Framework and mitigate risk, thus providing businesses with real cost savings. When evaluating Mobile Application Frameworks for building native applications for Android and Apple devices, it is important to evaluate against the following criteria:

  • Is the mobile application framework from a reputable vendor?
  • Has the vendor been in business for a long time, and does the vendor have a proven track record?
  • Does the mobile application framework leverage existing developer skill sets?
  • Does the mobile application framework deliver the building blocks required for mobile applications: security model, navigation, user interface elements, examples?
  • Does the mobile application support both Android and Apple operating systems?

Securing  Communication Between the Mobile Device and the Server

Most applications connect to information being stored on the server using standard web protocol (HTTP) and pass data back and forth using standard data formats like XML or JSON. Using public Wi-Fi or cellular signal from anywhere in the world and connecting to data on the server can allow hackers to intercept and view information being transferred over the wire using sniffing tools and man-in-the-middle attacks. Since the World Wide Web is the number one source of information for most people these days, and the web uses the HTTP protocol to communicate between the web browser and server, it is easy to see why a connection can be easily intercepted and hacked.

 

One of the easiest ways to secure communication is to simply use HTTPs protocol instead of HTTP protocol when building business applications and accessing data on the server. Using SSL connection to the web server automatically means that the data is being encrypted with a digital certificate that can be set up and configured on the web server. Typically, digital certificates provide a minimum 128-bit encryption all the way up to 4096-bit encryption, which ensures the data being transmitted over the wire is secure and not available to hackers.

 

Using IBM i back-end as the server for building mobile applications provides many benefits. With the latest advancements in Cryptography and Digital Certificates built into the Apache Webserver and the IBM i OS to provide a reliable and proven platform, the IBM i platform has proven to be one of the most secure platforms to run your mission critical business applications.

Securing Application Access to Data

One of the challenges when building mobile applications is to make sure users are given access only to information that they are authorized to view and that sensitive data is never stored on the device itself. One of the keys to securing application access to corporate business data on your servers is to develop a solid framework that will handle all aspects of data security and access on the server.

 

Some common techniques that can ensure secure application access to data on the server are:

  • Set up role-based security to control user access and visibility to business data. This will allow you to easily manage and administer access and also turn "off" access to information on the server if required.
  • Do not store passwords or PINs on the device; always perform all application security checks on the server.
  • Encrypt all sensitive information on the server and send only the required amount of information to the mobile application.
  • Log all application activity on the server from all devices and restrict access to applications and data based on the unique device identifier.
  • Prompt for an additional PIN number to access critical paths of the server, and revalidate and verify the login information on subsequent requests after the initial login to the application has been verified.
  • Implement a firewall and DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) that contains your organization's external-facing servers to the outside world. This provides an additional later of security to an organization's network, applications, and data.
  • Provide VPN access for added security that can be easily enabled or disabled on the server side.
  • Leverage remote monitoring capabilities that provide the ability to remotely wipe a device if it gets lost or stolen.
  • Educate and manage employee behavior and usage of mobile applications in order to keep security intact. Provide employees with regular updates and make them aware of your security policies.

 

The IBM i platform hosts some of the biggest mission-critical business applications on the planet and has always had a built-in object-based and user-profile management system that is not only simple to set up and leverage, but also very powerful. Reducing the steps required to configure user profiles and manage access to your programs/files on the server, using the standard IBM i user profile security with authorization lists, makes the IBM i a compelling choice for businesses.

 

Even the most secure platform on the planet needs protection from threats and breaches when dealing with business data. The IBM i platform provides the necessary tools required to secure the infrastructure and access to the information, thereby helping business to lower risks and cost.

Summary: Mobile Application Development and Data Security

 

Application and data security has always been and will continue to be a cat-and-mouse game between the good guys and the bad guys. New threats and vulnerabilities are being found and exploited by the bad guys, while the good guys try to fix the vulnerabilities by putting in place appropriate measuresboth hardware and softwareto thwart the new-age cyber criminals.

 

The great news for all of us building mobile applications is that both software and hardware mobile ecosystems are not only evolving at a rapid pace, but also constantly being improved to support the latest in encryption and cryptography as well as making mobile device operating systems smarter in detecting and dealing with threats in real-time.

 

At the end of the day, mobile applications need to be secured. It's not a question of "if" but "when" attacks will occur. From an application-development perspective, it is important to understand and be mindful of security issues when building enterprise applications for mobile devices. Make sure that the checklist outlined below has been considered and implemented to the fullest extent possible so that multiple layers of application security exist to help reduce the surface area that the bad guys can exploit.

 

12-Point Mobile Application and Data Security Checklist

1

Update  your smartphone OS, irrespective of it being an Android or an Apple device, whenever any application patches or OS upgrades are released.

2

Always use a passcode to lock your device in order to avoid data leakage, especially if the device is being used by a stranger.

3

Do not jail-break, root, or modify the operating system files.

4

Regularly back up or synchronize your settings and other personal information in order to avoid the loss of data due to theft. For additional security, install device-tracking applications to find your device if it gets lost or stolen.

5

Learn about an application's reputation before installing it. Make sure the application vendor or developer is a trusted source, has been in business for a considerable amount of time, and has a solid reputation.

6

Always be careful when downloading applications or clicking URLs. Use only trusted application-makers to download applications and make sure you check an app' s review and ratings before you download it. Never click on unknown URLs or respond to requests for your personal information.

7

Make protecting your mobile device as much of a priority as protecting your PC. Scan for viruses and spyware regularly by installing antivirus or firewall software.

8

Be careful when using public Wi-Fi hot spots. Only "window shop." Do not make purchases, perform financial transactions, or provide personal information using public Wi-Fi hot spots.

9

When using a business application to access business data, make sure it has been approved by your IT department, and always use a secure connection. Optionally, use a VPN connection to the server and do not store sensitive data locally on the device unless it is encrypted and secured.

10

Work with your IT department to develop and implement a security policy regarding what content is allowed to be accessed on devices, how it will be accessed, and how the organization will handle access to business data and applications as well as lost or stolen devices.

11

Make sure your development team incorporates security into the entire application development lifecycle by identifying and prioritizing critical applications and testing for security and vulnerabilities. Make sure to retest when applications change to protect critical assets and information.

12

Stay flexible and be prepared to evolve and adapt to the changing mobile landscape by regularly evaluating your security policies to make sure they align with mobile reality by conducting frequent risk assessments.

 

With smartphone penetration now at 50% in the U.S., the explosion of mobile applications for business will continue to generate mass consumer appeal. In today's business environment, consumers want quick, easy access to business systems and the ability to communicate in real-time. Using the guidelines I've discussed above, businesses can accommodate the real security concerns of employees and customers while gaining a competitive advantage.

 

Sources

1 State of Application Securityhttp://www.business.att.com/content/other/att-security-applications-infographic.jpg

2 Juniper Networks Global Threat Centerhttp://blackberrysync.com/2011/08/the-cold-hard-facts-of-mobile-security-with-dos-and-donts/

3 McAfee Consumer Surveryhttps://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/unprotected-mobile-devices

4 Mobile Security Factshttp://www.passban.com/2012/12/19/noteworthy-facts-involving-mobile-security/

5 Symantec Internet Security Reporthttp://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/enterprise/other_resources/b-istr_main_report_2011_21239364.en-us.pdf

 

 

Madan Divaker

Madan Divaker, Product Manager, LANSA
Since joining LANSA in 1997, Madan has acquired extensive knowledge in all LANSA products. His experience includes .NET, Java, Web, and mobile expertise. Initially, he worked at the LANSA Product Center in Sydney, Australia, helping design and develop the LANSA product suite, including LongRange for building intuitive mobile applications. Currently, Madan is involved with LANSA Training, Technical Support, Pre-sales, Services and Product Development, as well as keeping abreast of market and technology trends. He has also presented at numerous IBM Conferences and user groups on broad topics covering IBM i, mobility, Web development, and Application Architecture and Design and is an active member of the IBM ISV Advisory Council.

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  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    SB Profound WC GenericHave you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
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  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

    SB Profound WC Generic The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security
    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
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    - Save media management
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    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

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    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

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    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
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    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
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    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.