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How to Improve and Secure Your Enterprise App Solutions

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How to Improve and Secure Your Enterprise App Solutions

With the usage of mobile devices in the enterprise for digital transformation, it's important to learn how to create secure apps for all devices.

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In the recent years, businesses are undergoing digital transformation and enterprise mobility solutions are playing an important role in establishing the businesses into the digital market. Enterprise mobility apps offer functionalities that maximize and streamline the workflow in the organization. According to last year's statistics, there was a boost of 72% usage of devices in the enterprise domain.

In order to develop best-in-class features of enterprise mobility apps, developers need to maintain high quality and security of applications on different platforms. Here are a few stats that show how enterprise mobility solutions are emerging with each passing time.

  1. The market size for the enterprise mobility and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) will hit a figure of $73.30 billion by 2021.

  2. According to a Gartner report, on an average, an enterprise launches eight apps, of which 6.2 are planned for next year and the rest are in the development phase.

  3. As reported by insight.com, 75% of businesses have implemented a BYOD policy, and in the coming years, many more will implement one to offer the best services to their clients. 

With the incorporation of the latest technologies to improve the performance of these applications, a number of other factors also arise that strangle the security of the apps. To improve the features and security issues, here are some tips to take into consideration while developing enterprise mobility apps.

Tips to Strengthen the Security of Enterprise Mobility Apps

1. Optimize Mobile Devices

If you want to fight external threats, then first makes your roots strong. We need to optimize our devices to maintain a high level of security. Devices and their operating systems, whether iOS or Android, play a dominant role in mobile security.

  • iOS Devices

Apple follows strict guidelines for allowing users to install certain types of apps while preventing others on iPads and iPhones. It is quite important for developers to maintain high credibility with Apple's policy enforcement rules.

However, for companies dealing in enterprise solutions, a wave of trouble came when Apple decided to disapprove of a certain iOS class. The reason was that it is expensive to update these applications.

Enterprise vendors manage their iOS devices by using Mobile Device Management (MDM) or Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM). MDM provides the IT industry with control over the security aspects of password strength standards, device encryption, auditing, etc.

  • Android Devices

Globally, Android devices cover a larger market share when compared to iOS devices. Many mobile app development companies use A4W (Android for Work) to encrypt Android devices and maintain device security. A4W also distinguishes and manages different profiles for professional and personal applications.

2.  Single Sign-On for App Authentication

In today's time, where apps are vulnerable to virus attacks and hacking, it is vital to have a double-standard check to get permission on any device. Apart from having a strong password, it is recommended to use SSO (Single Sign-On) to secure your apps. This approach helps users to sign in to multiple apps by using a single password.

However, this is not suitable for mobile users; for them, OAuth 2.0 is more appropriate. OAuth 2.0 uses double authentication: first is accepting the User ID and password, and second, a PIN generated on their device.

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3. App Wrapping

This is the quick and easy way to secure your application from the rest of the device. App wrapping helps to encapsulate the app into a small, confined, managed environment. Most of MDM supports app wrapping, and users can easily integrate this into their app.

However, app wrapping is preferable for businesses, where it is used for a few particular apps, as app wrapping requires sharing information. Thus, is not recommended to use for all your private applications.

4. Encrypt the Network and Device

What is better than encrypting the data flow from a mobile device to a server, and back to the device? When we use network encryption to secure our data transmission, it blocks external aliens that are trying to invade our devices.

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or Virtual Private Number (VPN) are the most common types of encryption. These are used based on the type of service you want to secure.

Also, device encryption has become common among companies. Suppose your device is lost - you can centrally disable the application, which will not allow a thief to access your data.

Device and network encryption avoids any breach in security and will improve the device's efficiency.

5. Strengthening the Operating System

At the development end, strengthening the OS will reduce security-related problems to a minimum. If we talk about the Apple devices, then it has been seen that Apple puts in a lot of effort and complex planning to make its OS, resistant to any kind of security compromises.

Apple uses the best tools to guarantee iOS security at all levels of the development process:

  • At Apple's developer site, they review the latest code samples.

  • Review Apple's Security Guide every 4 months.

  • Use a commercial tool to analyze static code.

If you are among the app development companies, then it is the top priority for your development team to consider and follow Apple's security guidelines.

Conclusion

Security will still be a primary concern for the IT industry, as we all know perfection is hard to achieve and even harder when technologies are drastically changing. Also, many businesses have introduced their online application services to enhance their users' experiences.

With many applications available on the market, it is very important for the IT industries to make a standard security policy to be fulfilled by app development companies.

Take all these points into consideration while developing an app for your business and implement them to prevent any harm to your software and hardware.

Topics:
ios ,android ,mobile ,security ,enterprise mobility ,authentication

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