Enterprise app development is poised to experience a major surge in the coming years. As this trend plays out and as a growing number of diverse companies come to depend on these tools, app security will become increasingly critical. Companies need to develop strategies that can ensure safety and security through every stage of development.
Writing for TechTarget, security expert Kevin Beaver recently asserted that the single most important aspect of secure mobile app development is a focus on the big picture. Sophisticated and comprehensive tools such as static analysis solutions can play a critical role in such efforts.
As eWeek contributor Chris Preimesberger recently highlighted, the enterprise mobile app development market will likely see tremendous growth soon. He noted that a Strategic Analytics study determined that the global mobile business application market will increase from $31 billion in 2012 to $61 billion by 2018.
There are a number of factors contributing to this emerging trend. For one thing, Preimesberger pointed to Gartner research which suggests that by the end of the year, "half of business processes that involve human tasks will require near-real-time responses that are mobile enabled." This, combined with the proliferation of tablets among mobile workers, means that dedicated, high-quality apps will prove essential for companies eager to keep pace in their industries.
The accelerating pace of mobile app development and use among enterprises highlights the need for improved security practices and policies.
Addressing this issue, Beaver argued that developers must strive to always keep the big picture in mind.
"Step back and look at how everything will operate and interact to make sure you're covering all your bases," Beaver recommended. "Otherwise, you're putting everything at risk, and that's not a position you want to be in."
Unfortunately, Beaver observed that there are many aspects of mobile app development security that are often overlooked. For example, he noted that developers frequently rely on encrypted transmission to ensure security in traditional apps, but fail to take this same precaution when it comes to mobile apps.
Similarly, the writer pointed out that the ways by which information can be extracted from a given mobile app are rarely considered by mobile developers. This can create a serious potential security vulnerability.
These and other security issues highlight the need for enterprise mobile app developers to utilize tools and strategies that can improve productivity. After all, by streamlining the development process, programmers will have more time to focus on functionality and security.
This is why static code analysis tools can prove so valuable. These solutions can help developers to find code defects early in the life cycle and integrate into build processes for repeatable, continuous feedback. This helps to improve the reliability and security of the code in question. Just as importantly, though, this saves a tremendous amount of time for everyone involved. Freed from focusing so much on testing and other painstaking processes, developers will be less inclined to cut corners. They can instead focus on developing apps with more robust, reliable security built in.