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September 2012

Mobile application security best practices in a BYOD world

With the explosive use of smartphones and other mobile devices, it's no wonder mobile platforms are getting so much attention from security researchers and opportunistic criminals. Mobile device topics were all the rage at this summer's 2012 Black Hat Briefings and DEF CON 20, and we've seen interesting developments in the mobile malware arena in recent months. Consider Charlie Miller’s near-field communication (NFC) hack or DKFBootKit, the first known Android bootkit that loads itself during the device’s boot sequence. For enterprises, the new exploits and threats against mobile platforms mean a lost mobile device is far from the only risk they face with the rise of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend. Users are downloading mobile applications from a variety of app stores - some legitimate, some not – and rogue applications could carry malware or have other negative consequences for a business. Internally developed applications, if not coded securely, can also pose a risk. Let's take a look at the mobile application threat ...

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