Gartner Research

Avoiding Mobile App Development Security Pitfalls

Published: 02 March 2016

ID: G00292634

Analyst(s): Dionisio Zumerle , Ayal Tirosh


IT leaders in charge of application development should follow mobile best practices to avoid data leakage from mobile devices and attacks to infrastructure.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • With New Use Cases Come New Risks for Your Data
  • Adapt the Secure Development Life Cycle to Mobile
    • Choose Mobile App Development Architecture With Consideration of the Vulnerabilities Specific to That Architecture
  • Four Best Practices to Avoid Mobile Development Pitfalls
    • Lock Down App Permissions
    • Do Not Rely Solely on Client-Side Checks
    • Use Certificate Pinning
    • Put the Keys in the Keychain
  • Four Types of Tools to Avoid Development Pitfalls
    • Externalize Security Controls
    • Perform Application Security Testing
    • Advanced Functionality: Harden Apps Against Reverse Engineering and Code Tampering
    • Advanced Functionality: Perform Health Checks
  • Future Trends

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