With more users performing in-app tasks, like financial transactions and business communications, security has become a high priority. Before developing an app for your business, whether consumer-facing or for employee use, here are a few things you should know about increasing your app’s security.
1. Avoid Generic Development Tools
Many businesses feel the need to push an app out quickly and some tech companies have chosen to meet this demand. Development tools that require little to no coding experience are available for use. They leverage visuals and other user-friendly techniques to help inexperienced app developers push out an app. But these generic out-of-the-box solutions are potential security risks.
Custom Android app development is one way to ensure that the development team understands every aspect of your business and is able to counter any potential threat that might attack your application. Out-of-the-box app development tools do not offer this kind of protection. Additionally, if generic software contains an exploitable flaw, like bad code, then numerous apps will be exploited.
2. Choose Security Over Speed
Security measures must be built in throughout the app development process. Though this might mean the development period is longer, it eliminates the need for patches later on. Security patches can slow down performance later, and your business could lose users. Performing security checks throughout the development process will remove the potential for bugs, security breaches and other issues that can undermine your business’ reputation and authority.
3. Create a Threat Model
The customization process includes an initial consultation so that developers and clients understand the app’s main purpose and can create a functional app. Information gathered during the consultation process will assist developers in creating a threat model that they can refer to throughout the development process. A threat model includes business-specific information like a business’ key assets, previous security issues as well as best practices and actions taken during breaches. This information helps developers create customized security profiles for your application.
4. Run Self-Security Checks
Run-time application self-protection gained attention when it was introduced in 2012. As development cycles run shorter, and security threats are on the rise, it is still a powerful security tool used by app developers. In-app run-time applications perform self-checks throughout the development process and flag coding errors and inconsistencies during development so that they can be fixed in real-time. Since RASP is automated, this allows developers to focus on the threat model and not spend their time sifting through code and looking for errors.
Choosing a development team that works with you to create a threat model and that understands the importance of secure development practices will help your brand or business evade hackers.