Cloud security solutions: How enterprises are using the mobile cloud to protect their apps

By Jonathan Hassell

Most mobile apps connect to a cloud service — either public or private — on some level. Therefore, it’s critical that enterprises have powerful cloud security solutions in place.

Security is an issue across all industries, however Arxan Technologies’ fifth annual State of Mobile App Security report found that half of all companies do not allocate any funding to protecting mobile apps. Ninety-eight percent of tested apps could be reverse-engineered or modified because they did not include binary code protection, and 84 percent had “poor transport layer protection and could lead to data and identity theft.”

Here are four levels of cloud security solutions that brands should put into place to protect their mobile apps from attack:

  • Device security
    Ideally, your software solution should be able to ensure that lost and stolen devices do not contain sensitive information that could be retrieved by nefarious actors. At the same time, it’s crucial to your app’s success that you allow employees and users to access information on the go. Cloud security solutions can help you manage your entire fleet of devices by providing you with the ability to destroy device data remotely.
  • Data security
    In order to maintain a desired level of security, you must balance the need for your users and employees to be able to share content and collaborate with each other from their mobile devices with the critical fact that you must safeguard this data while it’s in transit and at rest. Cloud security solutions allow you to protect data that lives on a device, encrypt data that’s in transit and restrict access to the content as a whole so only authorized users are part of a managed endpoint.
  • Anti-malware
    Given the aforementioned sobering statistics about breaches, it’s clear that any good security solution must provide anti-malware protection for apps on managed devices. These solutions will block any malicious activity on the device itself and ensure that the data on a device can’t be written to or distributed by malware.
  • Access control
    Ideally, enterprises should be able to use cloud security solutions to manage which apps and app functions a particular user can access. At the same time, these solutions should be built with fraud protection that detects and blocks nefarious transactions, alerting the necessary administrators on the way.

Today’s cyber criminals are targeting enterprise mobile apps and other mobile endpoints to gain a foothold into corporate networks. By taking the right steps to secure your data, you can protect your company’s future, reputation and customers.

Written By

Jonathan Hassell

President, 82 Ventures

Jonathan Hassell runs 82 Ventures, a technical writing and consulting firm based in Charlotte, NC. He centers his focus around network administrator, security, the cloud, and mobile technologies.

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