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Building Security Into Mobile Apps Using Checklists, SDKs, App Wrapping and App Hardening

Published: 24 March 2016

ID: G00292649

Analyst(s): Ramon Krikken


Security by design for mobile apps requires security and development teams to pick which mix of checklists, SDKs, app wrapping and app hardening matches an app's intended audience, architecture, use case and device environment.

Table Of Contents



  • Secure SDLC and Security by Design
  • Mobile App Security Defined
  • Four Techniques for Building Security In
    • Code and Architecture Checklists and Guides
    • SDKs and Wrappers
    • App Hardening
  • Picking the Right Security for an App
    • Development Considerations
    • Considerations for App Audience and Device
    • Considerations for App Architecture
  • Additional Security Practices
    • Mobile App Security Testing and Validation
    • API Security


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