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DHS calls for secure mobile app research

As part of its five-year cybersecurity broad agency announcement, the Department of Homeland Security is looking for industry partners with mobile application security know-how. 

DHS acknowledges that mobile applications have become more susceptible to cyberattacks and that securing these useful platforms is of the utmost importance. It has identified the need to improve the app vetting process and the ability to update apps with current threat and vulnerability data along with the need to protect against future variants of current malware.

The Mobile Application Security Research and Development project seeks a series of automated and secure-by-design tools for mobile apps that assist developers, analysts and security or network operators.

The goals of the first topic area -- continuous validation and threat protection for mobile applications-- are actionable threat and vulnerability analytics as well as mobile situational awareness. DHS seeks enterprise mobility management solutions that secure mobile applications against vulnerabilities and future threats and should help security/network operators defend the IT enterprise and enable the development of secure mission-centric apps for mobile platforms.

The second topic area -- integrating security throughout the mobile application lifecycle -- focuses on mobile app development platforms that can help developers ensure security and functionality are reliable and optimized to support mission needs.

An industry day is scheduled for June 9, in Arlington, Va. More information is available here.

Posted by Mark Pomerleau on May 31, 2016 at 1:28 PM


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