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NIST issues final guidance for mobile app security

Today’s mobile-enabled workers have access to a variety of apps that are designed to improve productivity, but an employee who downloads an unsafe app may unwittingly expose an organization’s computer network to security and privacy risks.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications, (SP 800-163) aims to help organizations assess the security and privacy risks associated with mobile apps, whether developed in-house or downloaded from mobile app marketplaces.

It is the final version of Technical Considerations of Vetting 3rd Party Mobile Applications guide that was published for comments in August 2014.

The guide offers plans for implementing the vetting process as well as  considerations for developing app security requirements, and describes the types of app vulnerabilities and the testing methods to use to detect them. The document also provides guidance for determining if an app is acceptable for an organization to use.

The publication is a guide for developers seeking to understand the types of vulnerabilities that can be introduced during an app’s software development cycle.

Posted by GCN Staff on Jan 27, 2015 at 1:02 PM


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