Mobile Device Security

The need for mobile application testing has become extremely important following expansion of the telecom sector. New mobiles are launched daily with multiple operating systems, software applications and hardware specifications. There are many third party applications that are compatible with the advanced mobile versions. All these call for mobile application testing. In this article, we shall develop some ideas about mobile application testing:

Understanding Mobile Application Testing:

The first prerequisite is thorough understanding of the applications put for testing. You need to check whether it is developed by a third party or in house. In case of in house software, testing is generally performed simultaneously. In case of third party application, it involves complete review of functions, structure, update frequency, stress, security, support options necessary etc. Mobile application testing examines the devise for all features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, games and others. The security perspective, accessibility and performance must be understood clearly and authenticated. The focus should be on the type of platforms the applications are meant for and the high risk areas involved as well as the targeted audiences.

Different Types of Mobile Application Security Testing:

Functional Testing: The functionality of the software and integration with OS platforms, devise and technology is preformed in this case. The testers look into the intended functional results, compatibility issues and ability to ensure users enjoy a fulfilling experience.

Usability Testing: Usability testing is performed from the perspective of the customers and in this case the testers see if it is easy to understand this application. They also ensure individuals enjoy a good understanding and experience something different from the rest in the market. The usability testing also ensures the OS requirements are met.

Performance Testing: This helps in identifying problems related to speed, stress, display, network, graphical interface, power utilization and so on. The improvements are marked and limitations delineated.

Mobile Security Testing: Firewall problems and all penetrations are sorted out to ensure no one gets access to the information on the devise while you are using any particular application.

Crash Free Testing: Stability of the application and the ability to load is tested in this phase of testing. The testers also examine impacts on other applications that might lead to a poor user experience.

Peer Testing: Mobile application tests are performed in real time environments and the companions are challenged to find the drawbacks.

Two Key Challenges to Mobile Application Testing:

1. Diversity of Platforms: Varieties in shapes, hardware, sizes, and operating systems calls for sufficient knowledge in the field of mobile application testing.

2. Rapid Changes in Technology: The fast changing technology poses a challenge for the application testing experts. The older technologies get obsolete completely and new platforms are introduced by competing manufacturers. The testers are required to upgrade their knowledge and skills with the changing times.

These are the different types of mobile application testing, of which mobile security testing constitutes a very important part. Vulnerabilities, design flaws, protocol failures in any component of mobile applications, mobile devices and mobile infra components can directly affect the security. This calls for collaboration with the best of the breed information risk management solution providers to help organizations deploy secure mobile applications on different platforms and environments. Here is a look at the mobile security services provided by the best of the breed solution provider.

Mobile Application Security
Test for vulnerabilities in mobile application by mobile application's penetration testing (black/gray box), secure code review, reverse engineering and API's security testing. They also help to remediate the vulnerabilities.

Mobile Application Store Security
Security assessment for Internal Apps, External Apps, Open APIs (used to interface with external and internal apps in App Store), secure code review, malicious patterns verifications, device OS and dependent Telco's components security assessment.

Mobile Payment & Banking Security
Security assessment of Mobile Payment & Banking applications, secure code review, reverse engineering, payment gateways and application API/interfaces' security assessment.

USSD/DSTK Application Security
Security assessment for USSD/DSTK Applications, USSD Gateways, USSD Application Server Frameworks, secure code review, USSD log analysis, USSD based payment application's PCI-DSS and payment forum's compliance pre-audit.

Enterprise Mobile Data Management Services
They help clients for enterprise data fragmentation, Access Control for critical business data, access control for business applications usage, Mobile Content Management, Data storage encryption and authentication for fragmentized data.

Mobile Device Security
In this service, they perform Mobile Device's security configuration review (Secure access control, anti-virus, browser and Applications security and security manager's customized security settings); prepare customized device security policies and user awareness programs; security assessment of Mobile Platform and OS (Android, iOS, Symbian, Blackberry, J2ME and BADA).