The importance of IT security for mobile apps continues to grow. Mobile apps are becoming ubiquitous, playing critical roles for both consumers and professionals. IT professionals understand that if mobile security is overlooked, the consequences may be dire.
This trend was highlighted by the most recent Good Technology Mobility Index Report. This survey found that worries concerning smartphones, tablets and applications have increased tremendously, and that firms are now taking steps to minimize these risks.
The Q1 2014 Mobility Index Report includes insight from more than 5,000 Good Technology customers around the world. The survey found that secure enterprise activations increased 57 percent during this period relative to the fourth quarter of 2013. Activations for tablets clocked in at more than twice the total for smartphones. IOS activations accounted for 72 percent of the total, versus 27 percent for Android. Additionally, custom app development shot up 77 percent in this time. The growth between Q3 and Q4 of 2013 stood at a more modest 55 percent.
All of these increases are likely largely due to the growing awareness of the dangers posed by unauthorized third-party apps. Employees are using these programs for work-related purposes at greater and greater rates. If they deploy unsecured apps, they may put the entire corporate network and all of its sensitive data at risk of a breach. By developing their own apps or directly deploying secure solutions, IT departments can significantly cut down on this risk.
However, despite taking these steps, IT professionals remain very concerned about the dangers posted by mobile. The report determined that mobile security is their single greatest IT worry for 2014.
"In a survey of IT and IT security practitioners with involvement in endpoint security, 75 percent of respondents noted mobile devices, such as smartphones, represent the greatest risk of potential IT security risk," Good Technology explained.
Better tools needed
As organizations continue to increase their reliance on mobile apps, security concerns will not diminish. However, firms can minimize their risks and maximize efficiency by embracing the best mobile app development tools. For example, businesses should provide their developers with static code analysis solutions to improve their ability to identify and correct code flaws before the apps are released.