mobile security

Apps Are Vulnerable. Dash Is Working To Fix That.

Dash was started to address HIPAA compliance and mobile security concerns seen in the digital health space. Yet, in conversations with mobile developers, there has been a sense of uneasiness when it comes to the subject of mobile security. A CEO may point out that their “rockstar engineer” has every component of mobile development handled, but when the topic comes up in a later discussion with the CTO or lead developer, there is often a face filled with fear. Mobile security is a known development requirement, yet most are unsure of how to properly secure mobile apps.

The Problem With Mobile

Securing mobile apps can be a daunting task for a development team.

Let’s think about a few statistics:

5.2 million smartphones were lost or stolen in the U.S. in 2014. (Consumer Reports)

25% of all mobile devices encounter a threat each month. (Skycure)

707,509,815 records were breached in 2015. (Breach Level Index)

Based on these numbers, it’s safe to assume that most mobile users are exposed to security threats frequently. Worse than that, basic security measures, such as device encryption and lock-screen passwords are not always enabled. 36% of users do not have passwords enabled on their mobile devices

App security plays a large role in securing sensitive data, yet there are systemic issues with how developers secure their apps.

90% of ethical hacking engagements are successful in gaining access to highly sensitive information. (PwC mobile app report)

86% of applications lack binary protections to protect against reverse engineering. (IEEE Security & Privacy)

Mobile threats often put developers between a rock and a hard place. Addressing mobile security concerns can be time consuming, expensive to build out, and require prior security knowledge. App security is especially challenging, as most teams would rather focus on developing and improving their core offerings.

Dash’s Mission

Poor data security can compromise private information. Unauthorized access to mobile APIs can jeopardize backend services. Weak security policies can result in stolen personal information.

Dash is working to make mobile apps safer, through the creation of a full-featured mobile security library. We are expanding our efforts to protect apps created by all types of organizations. (You can take a look at the platform at www.dashsdk.com)

Our Goals:

  • Secure mobile app data
  • Verify that user’s are who say they are
  • Prevent malicious app activity through secure development
  • Provide a means of handling perceived threats

 

Dash is well on its way to creating a single library for handling mobile security needs, and I am very excited to share Dash’s renewed vision and expand the depth of our platform.

Digital health is a major segment for Dash, and we will continue to build and offer our platform as a HIPAA compliant solution, that allows developers to achieve HIPAA compliant apps.

Conclusion

App security may be an afterthought for many mobile developers, but it is absolutely crucial for keeping your organization secure and your users safe. That is why Dash is working to build a mobile security library that addresses mobile security pain points with a few lines of code, so you can focus on building great apps.

Founder & CEO of Dash Solutions, developer and problem solver. I am passionate about solving healthcare problems and removing barriers for healthcare organizations and digital health development.
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