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What is the Pandemic's Impact on Mobile App Security
Studies have shown that virtually every sector and company across industries is vulnerable to cyber threats, with 55 percent reporting that being compromised has a long-term effect.
Fremont, CA : Mobile device usage has increased during the global pandemic, surpassing 5.19 billion mobile phone users in the last year. As a result, businesses have been releasing mobile applications at a breakneck rate in order to capitalize on the plethora of potential users.
However, the rapid speed of mobile app growth has resulted in an increase in privacy and security concerns. As a result, many application developers recognize the need for a more proactive and standardized approach to app protection through the adoption of a DevSecOps mindset.
Since many developers don't have the time to prioritize security measures like obfuscating their code, encrypting confidential inform
ation, or monitoring for live attacks after releasing an app, mobile apps have become an appealing target for criminal exploitation. Studies have shown that virtually every sector and company across industries is vulnerable to cyber threats, with 55 percent reporting that being compromised has a long-term effect.
In terms of government responses to COVID-19, the introduction of contact tracing apps designed to help control the coronavirus was recently criticized for lacking sufficient security measures. These crowdsourced solutions provided governments with a wider scope for warning individuals who may have been exposed to the virus, but many mobile app developers were under pressure to launch them quickly, and protection was not prioritized.Some contact tracing apps, like many other mobile apps on the market, failed to protect user privacy by relying on the phone's GPS, harvesting personal information, or sending data to a centralized database.
Apple and Google collaborated to release an Exposure Notification API in order to make these contact tracing apps more stable, create confidence, and increase user adoption. After a year of the pandemic, mobile developers can use this API to create more reliable contact tracing apps that do not compromise personal information. While the majority of contact tracing apps have implemented the API, this incident has highlighted wider issues regarding mobile device protection and the industry's need for DevSecOps.