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What are the benefits of a mobile application pen test?

Protect the users of your application.

Help your developers understand the unique risks presented by mobile applications.

Meet compliance and regulatory requirements, such as ISO 27001 and GDPR.

Identify vulnerabilities in your system before cyber criminals can.

Ensure sensitive data is protected should the mobile device be lost or stolen.

Prevent attackers from weaponising your application against you.

Why does my business need a mobile application penetration test?

The number of mobile applications continues to grow with some organisations having multiple applications to deliver - sometimes critical - services.  Like any other application, mobile applications can have vulnerabilities introduced in design or implementation which could be exploited with devastating effect.

Unlike web where the application usually runs on a remote server, having the mobile application run on the local phone or tablet provides additional options for an attacker to debug the application and find otherwise hidden vulnerabilities.

Having a mobile application penetration test conducted by an experienced consultant will identify vulnerabilities and allow these to be remediated at the earliest opportunity. With billions of apps being downloaded each year and an astronomical volume of data being processed, it’s no surprise that they’re attractive targets for cyber criminals.

If your mobile application is collecting personal information then you should consider GDPR Article 32 (d) which requires the following "a process for regularly testing, assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of technical and organizational measures for ensuring the security of the processing”. 

Although this does not specifically require penetration testing it would be impossible to ensure the security of processing otherwise. If your organisation were to suffer a breach and had not taken steps to understand the security posture of the application, then the IPO would be unlikely to view this favourably.


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