The Need for Secure eHealth Apps

eHealth apps – your daily companion

In the healthcare sector, too, the range of apps has risen rapidly in recent years. Effectively, they have become everyday companions at work and at home. Already in 2017 roughly 325,000 mobile health apps were counted in app stores, and in 2018 a whopping 400 million of those apps have been downloaded. All those apps measure our fitness, give health tips, analyze physiological data, measure vital signs or calculate the dosage of medications.

More users come along with higher risk of data breaches and higher attractiveness for fraud

Connected health devices and wearables, such as glucometers and cardiac monitors, also collect a treasure trove of data from millions of people every day. Unfortunately, they are often unsecured and open to hacking, potentially exposing patients to adverse effects on their health. Healthccare providers and insurers must expect considerable legal, financial and operational consequences. Health insurance companies are modernizing their approach, providing digital access to insurance cards and medical records. The data breach risks associated with these are, of course, a major concern that needs to be addressed from the outset.

All companies in the fields of medicine and health insurance are faced with the challenge of providing top medical services. Digital services for patients are now being added, which on the one hand must comply with the strictest security and data protection regulations and be resistant to cyber attacks, which can be both costly to mitigate and dangerous for patients. The stakes are higher here than in almost any other field – it really is a matter of life and death in some cases.

Threats to your digitization efforts

The main threats arising from the digitalization of the healthcare industry are fraud, privacy and HIPPA (USA)/GDPR (EU) violations, ransomware and cyberattacks, unauthorized data collection, and hacking of connected medical devices and mobile phone applications. The only way to combat such threats is by implementing adequate security measures right from the very start. In particular, in app development, this means incorporating security measures during the develophment phase and not retrofitting security at the end.

Medical and health insurance professionals can meet this challenge by making online security a priority. Investing the time and resources required to protecting digital channels could prove invaluable on many levels, saving lives and preventing significant financial losses in the future. Since most health information is being digitalized for optimal mobile use, app security is at the forefront of this. Online security depends on being able to verify the identity of the patient and making sure that they are the only ones who are accessing their health information.

Call for action: Protect your eHealth app from growing risks and threats

It is Build38’s strong believe that in a changing digital landscape, app security isn’t a luxury. It is a necessity. Your developers should focus on what they are best at: delivering business value and world-class eHealth apps, while Build38 provides mobile app security. Build38’s Trusted Application Kit is a highly secure, holistic and easy to integrate mobile app security framework.

For the eHealth field, all this means that app users and service providers can rest easy in the knowledge that their highly sensitive data is safe. Patients can use the available digital services in comfort and ease, while medical professionals and insurers can be confident that the risks commonly associated with such services, such as fraud and cloning, are prevented.

In detail: how we can help

Build38’s approach to mobile app security is based on a unique triple-protection approach for compromise detection and continuous hardening: ensuring the integrity of device, app and security.
The SDK and cloud can detect changes to the device’ secure execution environment, and in case of compromise or an ongoing attack, it can render its own function useless immediately. At the same time the app is secured by various In-App protection mechanisms, and while in use it is protected by RASP-technology (Runtime Application Self Protection). The protected data is never visible in clear nor can it be extracted from the device at runtime. When the same data is in motion the Secure Channel and Certificate Pinning prevent Man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks.

For more detailed information on Build38’s mobile app security please read our whitepaper “Digitalisierung im Gesundheitswesen und Gefahren durch unsichere Apps" (in German) or the same whitepaper in English "Hacking Healthcare - why unsecure apps are bad for patients and providers".


The impact of PSD2 on your financial app

PSD2 and what it means to your company

2019 is set to be a game-changing year for retail banking and FinTechs! As the PSD2 (Revised Payment Service Directive) becomes implemented and finally enforced on 14 September 2019, banks’ monopoly on their customer’s account information and payment services is becoming history.
In short, PSD2 enables both consumers and businesses, to use third-party providers to manage their finances. Soon you may be using your favorite social network to pay your bills, making peer-to-peer transfers and analyze your spending, while still having your money safely placed in your current bank account. PSD2 will fundamentally change the payments value chain and customer expectations.
Through PSD2, the European Commission aims to improve innovation, reinforce consumer protection and improve the security of internet payments and account access across the EU.

PSD2 and its implications on mobile security

The PSD2 guidelines set security requirements for payment services providers across the EU and will provide enhanced protection of EU consumers against payment fraud on the Internet. Specifically, the PSD2 security requirements for mobile apps are referred to in the Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS), for example, paragraph 26 and articles 9, 27 and 28.
RTS requires that the mobile app is running in a secure environment. This means that the integrity of the mobile device should be guaranteed and in case of compromise mitigation measures are taken. The same integrity and mitigation principles apply for the mobile app, too. Risk mitigation measures include the destruction, deactivation and revocation of the service. PSD2 also has a strong focus on data protection: data (e.g. certificates) shall be protected at rest, and when data flows between the mobile app and the service provider, the mobile apps should ensure the security of communication sessions and should avoid misdirection of communication.

Build38 makes your digital mobile channel PSD2 compliant
Your developers should focus on what they are best at: delivering business value, while Build38 provides mobile app security. Build38’s Trusted Application Kit (T.A.K) is a highly secure, holistic and easy to integrate mobile app security framework. It enables you to deliver PSD2 compliant mobile apps.
Build38’s approach to mobile app security is based on a unique triple-protection approach for compromise detection and continuous hardening: ensuring the integrity of device, app and security.
T.A.K can detect changes to the device’ secure execution environment, and in case of compromise or an ongoing attack, it can render its own function useless immediately. At the same time the app is secured by various In-App protection mechanisms, and while in use it is protected by RASP-technology (Runtime Application Self Protection). T.A.K protected data is never visible in clear nor can it be extracted from the device at runtime. When the same data is in motion the Secure Channel and Certificate Pinning prevent Man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks.
It is Build38’s strong belief that in a changing digital landscape, app security isn’t a luxury. It is a necessity.
For more detailed information on Build38’s mobile app security please have a look at our whitepaper.


Build38 Recognized in Gartner 2019 Market Guide for In-App Protection

Munich, Germany, July 5, 2019 – Build38 GmbH, leading vendor of In-App protection and enabler of passwordless authentication solutions has been recognized as Representative Vendor in the Gartner July 2019 “Market Guide for In-App Protection” report. Gartner states, that “by 2022 at least 50% of successful attacks against clickjacking and mobile apps could have been prevented by using in-app protection.”

Build38’s Trusted Application Kit (T.A.K) secured mobile apps diagnose and protect themselves at runtime with Build38’s next generation RASP technology. T.A.K delivers valuable insights to service providers so that they can react on upcoming threats and fraud in real-time. To the end-user of your apps T.A.K remains invisible and non-intrusive, yet it gives your users a high level of trust and security.

T.A.K is a platform solution and an SDK for Android and iOS that allows a quick and easy development of highly secured and protected mobile apps. It is integrated into mobile apps within hours, therewith saves development costs and shortens the crucial time to launch the mobile app.

The Trusted Application Kit (T.A.K) is used globally and deployed by financial institutions, enterprise services, insurance companies, and the automotive industry.

Gartner recommendations is that “security and risk management leaders responsible for application security choose in-app protection for critical and high-value applications that run within untrusted environments and move software logic on the front end. The most common use cases will be mobile apps, single-page web apps (especially consumer-facing ones) and software on connected devices.”

“We hear almost daily that mobile apps need by far better protection than most people are aware of. We believe that Build38 helps customers to propel your app security to a new level of operational excellence. We believe this report acknowledges that In-App protection (application shielding) is a necessity to fight the growing numbers of attacks and fraud cases. We know that App security is not a luxury anymore, it is a must!” says Build38 CEO Dr. Christian Schlaeger. “We are convinced that our Trusted Application Kit, included in this Market Guide report is the most holistic solution in the market. We believe it provides a broad range of In-App protection features for the app and delivers risk- and fraud detection and prevention information to the service provider”.

 

Gartner subscribers may access the report here: https://www.gartner.com/document/3947048

Gartner, Inc., "Market Guide for In-App Protection" by Dionisio Zumerle, Manjunath Bhat, 3 July 2019.

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About Build38

Build38 is a global provider of mobile application protection solutions. Its Trusted Application Kit (T.A.K) represents a new generation of app-hardening technologies that protects apps from known and unknown attacks and opens the market to new digital business models. Build38 protects applications across various industries including automotive, financial, public transport and health care. Build38 is headquartered in Munich with global offices in Barcelona and Singapore. The company is a spin out of Giesecke + Devrient and ranks among the best IT Security startups in Germany. For further information about Build38 visit www.build38.com.