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Mobile App Development Security - Week 19 of Cyber Talk Radio

By Bret Piatt
Jan 31, 2017

Show Summary

This past Saturday, January 28, the 19th episode of Cyber Talk Radio hit the air on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. I was joined by Jason Straughan and Anton Domratchev of Grok Interactive to discuss mobile app development and security.

In the first half of the show, we kick off the show with an intro to Jason and Anton and their roles at Grok Interactive, a custom web and mobile application development firm. Software and application security continues to evolve as more people are using mobile apps and accessing data via the Internet when they are on the go whether at the airport, coffee shop or working remotely. It is important develop applications and software that is secure even when running on unsecure internet connections. How do you set up a secure authentication system? Jason and Anton recommend that you make sure the comms between the client and server is encrypted. A helpful reference guide is the OWASP Top 10 Mobile list which is controlled by the security community and gives the top rules to follow. Anton walks us through the top 10 mobile list countdown.

10: Extraneous Functionality

9: Reverse Engineering

8: Code Tampering

7: Client Code Quality

In the second half of the show, we continue the OWASP Top 10 Mobile list countdown with number 6 and finish off the list with the number 1 category. I also asked Jason and Anton to give their 2017 predictions. Jason thinks the majority of cyberhacks in the coming years will be related to connected devices and appliances that leave users open to risk. https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Mobile_Top_10_2016-Top_10

6: Insecure Authorization

5: Insufficient Cryptography

4: Insecure Authentication

3: Insecure Communication

2: Insecure Data Storage

1: Improper Platform Usage

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