Mobile development is under pressure to incorporate more rigorous security measures into apps, while the demand for continuous development is unrelenting. Although DevSecOps typically addresses enterprise, web, and cloud application development, it can work for mobile app development, too.

The key is to build security into an automated agile release process by integrating security tasks throughout the mobile app dev lifecycle.

Here Are Five Steps To Get Started

1. Plan

Start by determining risk factors for the app and defining the security needed to defend it adequately. Define testing checkpoints ahead of time and identify resources, like the OWASP MASVS, to use in planning.

2. Use Secure Coding Techniques

Ongoing training designed for mobile app security is essential for reducing vulnerabilities, improving productivity, and eliminating rework. 

3. Test Everything in the Build

That means everything—app code, platform usage, API communications, backend resources, certificates, and certificate chains—and don't forget your software supply chain.

4. Monitor and Improve

Monitor app performance, alerts, and user feedback for data needed to continually improve app security.

5. Deploy Confidently

Make sure you have addressed specific threats to app configuration and have what's needed for logging and auditing tasks.

 


Looking for more?

Read our paper, 5 Steps for Moving to Mobile DevSecOps, by Dinesh Shetty, Director of Security Engineering at Security Innovation, for details on adopting DevSecOps for mobile app security without adding excessive friction to your DevOps process.

Mobile technology is rapidly evolving, making a robust security posture critical to defending software against the latest vulnerabilities. We can help you drive a security-first culture across your development process.

Contact us today to learn more.

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