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  • Writer's pictureAnushree Ulpe

When and why do you need Mobile Application VAPT?


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Mobile applications have become an essential part of our lives.

We use them for everything from communication and entertainment to banking and shopping.


However, mobile apps are also a prime target for cyber attacks. Attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in mobile apps to steal data, take control of devices, or even launch attacks on other systems.

Mobile application VAPT (Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing) is a process of identifying and fixing security vulnerabilities in mobile apps before attackers can exploit them. VAPT is an essential part of any mobile app development and security program.

Here are some of the reasons why you need mobile application VAPT:

  • To protect your users' data. Mobile apps often contain sensitive user data, such as personal information, financial data, and location data. If a mobile app is compromised, attackers can steal this data and use it for malicious purposes.

  • To comply with regulations. Many industries have regulations that require businesses to protect user data. Mobile application VAPT can help you to comply with these regulations.

  • To protect your reputation. A data breach or other security incident can damage your reputation and make it difficult to attract and retain customers. Mobile application VAPT can help you to prevent these incidents from happening.

When should you conduct the mobile application VAPT?

Mobile application VAPT should be conducted at the following stages of the mobile app development lifecycle:

  • Pre-development: Mobile application VAPT should be conducted during the pre-development phase to identify and fix any security vulnerabilities in the app's design and architecture.

  • Development: Mobile application VAPT should be conducted throughout the development phase to identify and fix security vulnerabilities that are introduced as code is written and tested.

  • Post-development: Mobile application VAPT should be conducted before the app is released to users to identify and fix any security vulnerabilities that may have been missed during the previous phases.

In addition to these regular VAPTs, you should also conduct mobile application VAPT whenever you make significant changes to your app, such as adding new features or integrating with new systems.

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How do we conduct mobile application VAPT?


Plan the VAPT. Define the scope of the VAPT, including the specific features and functionality of the app that will be tested. Also, identify the types of attacks that you want to simulate.

  1. Gather information about the app. This includes collecting the app's source code, APK file, and any other relevant documentation.

  2. Perform vulnerability assessment. Use static analysis tools to scan the app's source code for known vulnerabilities. You can also use dynamic analysis tools to test the app's functionality for vulnerabilities.

  3. Perform penetration testing. Simulate attacks on the app using the same techniques and tools that real attackers would use. This may include trying to exploit vulnerabilities, gain unauthorized access to the app's data, or take control of the device.

  4. Document the findings. Generate a report that documents the vulnerabilities found during the VAPT. The report should also include recommendations for remediation.

  5. Remediate the vulnerabilities. Fix the vulnerabilities that were found during the VAPT.


Conclusion

Mobile application VAPT is an essential part of any mobile app development and security program. By regularly identifying and fixing security vulnerabilities, you can significantly reduce your risk of being compromised by cyber attackers and protect your users' data, your reputation, and your compliance. Book a consultation at info@971cybersecurity.com.


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