Shift Left Security

Shift Left Security – Learn about this critical trend that will remain

Shift Left Security – a trend that will remain

Traditionally, organizations focus their security efforts near the end of a development and release cycle. While this can ensure that the rest of the software achieves a certain level of stability, high risks and vulnerabilities remain.
Shift Left Security is a remedy to this problem: Implement security as early as possible in your software development cycle (hence called “left”) and do it right from start. It spares you the headache and saves a lot of often unconsidered cost after the app has been released. It is the most important cornerstone of your solution for the digital world.

Shift Right: Dealing with security near the end of the development is not an option anymore

As a mobile app (or solution) moves through the different steps of conception, design, development, build, test and finally upload to the app store, adding security was often merely considered as last step. On top of that, additional development time and costs occur. Sad to say, sometimes security has just been put aside to meet time to market requirements.
There are plenty of examples where security has been introduced at the last stage of a project, means keeping security rather to the right. This has a tremendous negative impact on your project: Immediately with the release of the app also the risks and vulnerabilities are published. They are found by security researchers or hackers. In best case feedback is given to the developers and in the worst-case the knowledge is misused. In the latter case compliance violations and reputational damage may happen instantaneously – no pre-warning will be given!

Shift Left Security Economics – the importance of it!

Shift Left Security is economically driven by analysis of the software development processes and maintenance phase afterwards. Fixing issues after releasing the mobile app is about 20 times more expensive as if the problem would have been recognized and solved already during the definition phase of the project. That is merely the development side of costs as a study (Japers Jones, A short history of the cost per defect metric, 2013) shows.
Often unconsidered, forgotten or excluded from those cost discussions is financial impact of a security breach: consequential damages, cyber-attack (and recovery) costs and litigation costs. When considering those costs as well, a later study (Capers Jones, Achieving Software Excellence, v7, 2016) shows that poor quality software may be up to 2000 times more expensive than investing in high quality software right from the beginning. In this example cyber-attack costs contribute to around 45% of negligence in software quality.
The essence of all this: We need to focus on good software and on building good solutions, rather than finding fraud afterwards and spending money on mitigation measures. Shift-Left Security means: the earlier you do it right, the less cost you have afterwards.

Security winners focus on best practices

Shift Left Security is such a best practice. In your software development life cycle (SDLC), you must think about architecture and a secure design already at a very early stage. Secure design should include doing threat modeling, which helps you defining the base line and assessing the required security controls.
“Security can be achieved only when it has been designed in. Applying security measures as an afterthought is a recipe for disaster” („The Six Pillars of DevSecOps: Automation”, 2020), said the CSA (Cloud Security Alliance) about securing design. A very valid comment for any software development project.
As Build38 CEO Christian Schläger put it in a recent PwC interview: “So rather than mopping up the floor afterwards and spending SOC resources and plenty of analysts’ hours on forensics, I would like to see more quality software and solutions that can’t be hacked that easily anymore.”
In a nutshell: finding out what happened to a mobile app after it has already been released is simply too late: More money is spent on fixing, re-testing, and releasing the app again!

Shift Left Security – do it right, from start!

Shift Left Security is the new paradigm and your best investment protection scheme you can have. It helps you to save money throughout the whole lifecycle of a mobile app. It also supports you to reconsider how, where, and when security should be embedded into your app project.
Shift Left Security is also a crucial part of your considerations to become compliant: to eIDAS regulation, to the upcoming Medical Device Regulation (MDR) in 2021, to DiGA regulation, to PSD2, etc. It is about putting security controls into action.
Build38 gives you all the means to start with Shift Left Security now: We deliver you the most comprehensive security suite for Android and iOS, and give you the solution which is fastest to integrate on the market. Additionally, we support you in identifying the security relevant topics, give advice how to design security controls the right way and what to consider.

 

Curious now? Then contact Us and be part of the “Shift Left Security” movement!


Build38 wins the PwC Award for the “Best Cybersecurity Solution of the Year 2020"

T.A.K Client prevails against 25 cybersecurity solutions

Munich, November 5th – Build38 wins the PwC-Award for the best cybersecurity solution of the year. As part of the digital event, the German provider was able to prevail against 25 international security start-ups with its Mobile App and Fraud Protection solution T.A.K Client.

This year's PwC Luxembourg Cybersecurity DayS (October 26-29, 2020), which was attended by experts from all over Europe, focused on the topics IT security and digital trust. The main focus was on the importance of cybersecurity as an integral part of business strategies.

Various awards were provided during the event, including for the best cybersecurity solution of the year. In this category, 25 international start-ups received a nomination, of which only five companies – especially from the Mobile and Endpoint Security sectors - were shortlisted. These five companies were invited to an on-site pitching contest.

Munich start-up Build38 takes the lead

The jury consisted of venture capitalists, incubators and security experts. Build38 finally convinced in the live pitch with its Mobile App and Fraud Protection solution T.A.K (Trusted Application Kit). Various aspects contributed to the decision:

  • mature product with an established customer base,
  • particularly resource-saving support of mobile business processes,
  • variety of functions,
  • advanced development status of the solution.

„Despite the difficulties caused by Covid-19, the organizer mastered the challenge of creating an interesting and well-organized digital event“, says Christoph Brecht, VP Sales at Build38. „We are grateful for the award, which once again confirms that security for mobile apps is becoming increasingly important."

With its security solution Build38 prevents the manipulation of customer data in apps, ensures their integrity and thus reliably protects companies and their customers from cyber criminals.

PwC-Award Cybersecurity-Solution of the Year
Christoph Brecht, VP Sales at Build38, & Koen Maris,
Cybersecurity Leader, PwC Luxembourg


Contactless Payment, Part 2: Drives business and requires the right security!

In the first part of this blog series, we have already informed you that there is a strong trend towards cashless and especially contactless payment. Payment via smartphone is also becoming increasingly important. The SPoC and CPoC standards provided by the PCI play an important role here.

PCI SPoC and CPoC – what is this all about?

SPoC (Software-based PIN Entry on COTS) is – simply spoken – the software-based PIN Entry standard from PCI for mobile devices, in combination with a Secure Card Reader for PIN which is an extra piece of hardware, connected to the mobile device, e.g. by Bluetooth.

CPoC (Contactless Payments on COTS) is the second and more recent standard which makes accepting contactless payments even simpler. The NFC capability transforms mobile devices into a contactless payment reader.

Common to both standards are the mobile card reader app, the attestation and monitoring services. All of it just for upholding a high level of security and trust. Of course, besides that typical payment related services are part of the backend.

What role does Build38 play in this?

Build38 fulfills the strictest security requirements mandated by PCI:

  • Ensuring the app is running in a secure environment (and only there)
  • Obfuscation
  • Anti-repackaging technology
  • Secure PIN entry
  • Mitigation of detected threats already on the mobile device, etc.

On top of that Build38 provides the required attestation component which acts as verifier to determine the current security state of the app. It delivers additional security signals into the monitoring system which detects, alerts, and mitigates suspected or actual threats and attacks.

PCI security requirements can be overwhelming with all its complexities, yet there is nothing to be afraid of!

You understand payments at your best, and Build38 masters your mobile security!

At Build38 we believe that in a changing digital landscape, the app security is not a luxury. It is a necessity. Your developers should focus on what they are best at: delivering business value and world-class payment apps, 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 all starts with better understanding your mobile risks.

Get to know where you stand today!
Strengthen your policies and compliance posture!
Explore your options and get the right solution!

 

Contact us and launch your own CPoC or SPoC solution faster in the market!


Contactless Payment, Part 1: The smartphone and App replace the card reader

Cashless payments are more popular than ever. This trend was also accelerated in particular by Covid-19. In Germany, for example, an increase of 20 % was recorded in the first half of 2020. Every second payment was even made contactless.[1] Nevertheless, there is still some catching up to do in Germany compared to other countries that already have a higher rate of cashless payments.

In addition to the “classic” variant of cashless payment via bank card, contactless payment via smartphone is also becoming increasingly popular across Europe. As a recent survey shows, around 12 % of the Europeans surveyed already prefer paying by smartphone.[2]

Contactless payments will gain further momentum

With contactless payment, the card is held against a card reader at checkout and does not need to be inserted anymore. For small amounts it is even not necessary to enter the PIN. In view of the pandemic retailers have been encouraging customers to pay in this way to avoid contact and a possible infection.

With contactless payment by smartphone, the app on the smartphone replaces the bank card. For further strong growth two requirements will play an important role:

  • Retailers, small merchants, market, and street vendors must be enabled to accept mobile payments, without the need to invest in traditional card readers.
  • Mobile payment for small sums must be supported, as demanded by customers.

At this point the question arises as to how the first requirement can be implemented in an affordable and simple way.

PCI standards are paving the way

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), founded 2006 by American Express, Visa, MasterCard, among others, is a “global forum that brings together payments industry stakeholders to develop and drive adoption of data security standards and resources for safe payments worldwide”. They are the governing body for payment standardization, technical requirements, and certification of payment solutions.

PCI has already recognized that contactless payment must be available for everyone, means by using the smartphone or tablet, which PCI calls in their own language a COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) device. Therefore, two standards are available now: the SPoC (Software-based PIN Entry on COTS) and the CPoC (Contactless Payments on COTS) standard.

 

Learn more about these standards and how Build38 can ensure the security of payment apps in our next blog post.

 

[1] https://www.handelsblatt.com/finanzen/banken-versicherungen/coronakrise-kreditwirtschaft-trend-zu-bargeldlosem-bezahlen-haelt-schon-laenger-an/26289960.html?ticket=ST-350571-XZqIrSQGq5lLGZqhcQfl-ap4

[2] https://www.handelsblatt.com/finanzen/banken-versicherungen/umfrage-in-zwoelf-eu-staaten-die-coronakrise-verstaerkt-den-trend-zum-bargeldlosen-zahlen/26185710.html


Build38 is selected for the participation in the Swiss KICKSTART program 2020 edition

Build38 was selected after various rounds of pitching and presenting to be part of the 2020 cohort of the renowned Swiss accelerator program KICKSTART. This is for me a great honor but even more a great opportunity to conquer the Swiss market and show industry leaders like AXA, Mobiliar, Swisscom, PostFinance and others what Build38 and its Application Kit and Threat Insights can do.

Having worked for years in Switzerland I know that the entry barrier in such a mature market that values privacy and security tremendously high is hard. Your solution must be groomed to the needs of the Financial Service Industry of the country and then is ready to scale externally as well.

KICKSTART is different to other accelerators as it values PoCs and Co-Development above anything else. For us having a leading technology already a great way to extend services and build the envisioned platform for secure and easy-to-use app development further.

Needless to say, we are going to Zurich fully motivated and teaming tech and business development to get the most out of the program for us and the partners.

While myself and Joaquin did the pitching and started the program, Christoph and Marc will also take part and extend the local / virtual team.

Bear with us for news on features and use cases coming out of these labs!


CYSEC and Build38 partner to streamline the secure deployment of Mobile App Security and Threat Protection

Lausanne - Switzerland, Singapore, Munich - Germany – June 4th, 2020

Build38 GmbH, the global provider of Mobile Application Security made in Germany, is partnering with CYSEC SA from Switzerland to offer a fully-integrated solution combining mobile and backend deployments for Enterprise customers.

Mobile app fraud is on the rise with a 70% increase year over year, jeopardizing business models, revenue streams and endangering customer data and company secrets. Build38 has developed an app shielding and mobile threat detection solution for the hardening of apps , identification of attacks and prevention of fraud. The Build38 solution is available as a service and protects mobile applications across various industries including automotive, banking, insurance, public transportation and healthcare.

Cryptography and secure key-generation are the key enablers of the innovative and cutting-edge next generation AI-based app protection and management platform called T.A.K (Trusted Application Kit).

While the security application is executed on the smartphone, the use of a backend fully delivers intelligence and attack resilience. While some Build38 customers choose to run it on the public cloud, depending on the region, some decide to deploy it in a dedicated environment as the application is considered security-critical, following the larger trend of the hybrid cloud model. The hybrid cloud approach consists of running all sensitive software in a separate environment (in a secured cloud or in a physical server) that provides better protection and more control. Safer deployments may also be required to comply to national regulations specifying that certain data cannot leave the country or must be handled following strict security standards.

In order to build and deploy a security-sensitive application with critical data in the backend, an organization must integrate a range of security tools and components. Such patchwork solutions are today difficult to manage, hard to scale, and prone to security weaknesses. The market lacks an all-inclusive, certified and integrated cybersecurity solution.

CYSEC provides such an all-inclusive cybersecurity solution that integrates all the components needed to deploy rapidly a secured backend infrastructure. This is achieved by integrating all the security components in a unique certified appliance that abstracts the application layer by running containerized software using the modern virtualization tools like Docker, Kubernetes, etc.

As a result, ARCA offers an unprecedented combination of security performance and ease of deployment, allowing companies to benefit from the best protection without changing the tools they currently use.

It was natural for CYSEC and Build38 to enter into a partner agreement. Both companies are joining forces to integrate the T.A.K application into the secured environment ARCA and offer it as a fully integrated and ready-to-use package, either on premises on a physical ARCA server or as a service from the CYSEC datacentre in Switzerland.

The joint solution will combine the benefits of the Build38 mobile app protection with the secured backend implementation on ARCA streamlining the efforts for deploying them.

 

Christian Schläger, CEO at Build38 GmbH: “We’re delighted to be able to offer to our customers a fully-integrated package of our T.A.K. application on the ARCA backend infrastructure. We want to be able to provide the implementation model that suits the best our customers needs, being on the cloud or on premises. We‘re having more and more requests for deployments on premises and ARCA beats all competition by offering a secured backend infrastructure without the pain that usually goes with it.”

Patrick Trinkler, CEO at CYSEC SA said: “Mobile security is definitely a burning issue for many industries and the Build38 in-app protection provides a compelling solution. We’re very happy to offer Build38 customers a secured and compliant backend implementation of the T.A.K. application with the same process and efforts as deploying it on a public cloud.”

 

About Build38 GmbH

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

About CYSEC SA

CYSEC SA is a cybersecurity company based at the EPFL Innovation Park in Lausanne, Switzerland, whose mission is to shorten the time-to-market of innovative services by facilitating their integration into a secured IT environment. In order to achieve its mission, CYSEC developed a general-purpose security platform called ARCA able to store data and execute applications in a Trusted Environment. By lowering down the barriers to protect data and software, CYSEC enables its customers to benefit from a whole new level of flexibility and agility which is a game-changer today considering the fast-pace at which security and business requirements evolve. CYSEC focuses on the provision of its cybersecurity solutions in four vertical sectors, namely financial services, IoT, space and telecoms. For more information, please visit www.cysec.systems


TeleTrusT Special Offer: Complimentary Mobile Security Solution „Be first to get your customers back“

Dr. Christian Schlaeger, CEO & Co-Founder of Build38 Build38 wants to support TeleTrust partners and other companies in a difficult economic time to quickly implement their mobile applications and digitization efforts. We see every day that the mobile app becomes the preferred access and contact with your customers. We are your service and solution provider in difficult times: Focus on the app and the interaction with your customers, and we provide the security. So you are faster on the market and save time and resources, so that your customers can rely on you – who you rely on #BuildonBuild38.

Our offer for you until 15.7.2020: Start a PoC of the Trusted Application Kit (T.A.K) with us and get free access to your personalized development and test platform on our Build38 Cloud. You get personalized and specially secured SDK components for up to 2 apps (each on iOS and Android). Our DevOps team will support you with up to 3 days of integration support. You also get access to the documentation, learning materials and code examples for the fastest app integration available on the market! Go live with the apps in the App Store until the end of June 2020 and get 3 more months of free use of the Build38 T.A.K Cloud platform.

T.A.K protects your mobile app and your customers’ data against attacks. Access to sensitive data, storage and transmission of data is protected by T.A.K. We support companies in implementing their security requirements for apps more quickly in order to gain satisfied customers on the market faster. Your security and compliance teams always have a detailed overview of how your apps are being used in the field and can intervene with appropriate measures at any time.

T.A.K Mobile Security SDK and platform is made by developers for developers, with the goal of easy integration into your Android and iOS projects. You no longer need special expertise in cyber security, which makes development faster and more efficient. Our security as a service approach keeps app security always up-to-date.

Not part of the offering is the Trusted Governance Kit T.G.K. the GRC solution for app monitoring and management. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Build38 is a global cyber-security company with customers from various industries, such as finance and insurance, automotive, health care, and more.

Contact us directly: servus@build38.com 


Munich transport association MVV relies on Build38 for the security of their Mobile eTickets

MVV App secured by Build38
Mvv App Screenshot 2020

It’s finally a public reference: the city of Munich’s transport association MVV is using Build38 Trusted Application Shield T.A.K to ensure the fraud prevention for their app-based public transport tickets.

They rely on anti-cloning, binding app, identity and ticket and easy to use control codes (among 2 dozen other security features).

We are extremely proud of helping the digitalization in our hometown Munich!

If you want to know how tickets for public transport, events, digital content etc. can be secured as well and you want to save resources and time as well – contact us at solutions@build38.com and read our case study!


Business continuity during COVID-19 outbreak

Dear all,

The challenges we all face currently with the COVID-19 outbreak can not be faced alone. Build38 has been working against the COVID-19 impacts right from the start helping our customers in China, having colleagues and an office in Singapore and now being indirectly affected with the teams in Munich and Barcelona.

As a result, we have strengthened two areas for our customers:

 

  • Security as a Service – integrating new features and functions for you so you can concentrate on your main business and leaving constant security and compliance to us
  • Full-service provider – integrating app development capabilities with our certified partner to offer you the complete solution and support you need from the front end (App) to your backend, SIEM integration and

For our colleagues and their families, we have strengthened the already existing possibilities for home office and flexible work time. The health of our team and their loved ones is extremely important to us. All non-essential travel has also been suspended, and all internal and external meetings will take place virtually. We understand this may impact some planned meetings, but we hope that all participants understand the gravity of the current situation.

As a company we have taken the necessary measures and updated our planning to fight the economic challenges. All our s Christian Schlaeger Build38 ystems are cloud-based and are fully automated, so we can reassure you that our service delivery functions will continue without disruption. Our staff remains available via the known virtual channels.

We stay sharp and vigilant to help our customers worldwide with the best service from Singapore to Barcelona and support our current pilots and PoCs and everyone interested in getting into the mobile market to stay in business.

We from Build38 wish you all to stay healthy and thank you for your understanding.

Yours,

Dr. Christian Schläger
Managing Director (CEO) & Co-Founder


Build38 Closes an Exceptional 2019, Exhibits at RSA Conference and Continues its Commercial Expansion

MUNICHMarch 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Build38, the global provider of Mobile Application Security made in Germany, closes 2019 at a new high with a total order intake in the single-digit million Euros. As the first full financial year for the company, this gives an encouraging message that its solutions and services are finding the way to market. With existing commercial references in Automotive, Financial Industry, Mobility, and Digital Identity, 2020 is going to be the year for the scaling in those verticals and further growth.

To continue supporting that commercial expansion, Build38 was present as an exhibitor at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, taking place on the last week of February. For almost 30 years, RSA Conference has been a driving force behind the world's cybersecurity agenda. The central point where people from around the world gather to share, learn and grow. Build38 welcomed current, and future, customers, partners, and investors at its booth and had breakthrough discussions and showcased beyond the cutting edge in-App protection capabilities, its Mobile Threat Detection and Analytics latest developments.

The young company was also featured in Europe last week as one of the 12 startup companies selected for the semi-final for the 4YFN Award competition.

As part of the commercial expansion, Build38 has signed agreements for the provision of their solutions and services with several partners, including markets like GermanySpainBulgariaAustriaPhilippinesSingapore and Taiwan. Adding to the existing agreements, the reach of Build38 grows steadily.

About Build38

Build38 is a global provider of mobile application protection solutions. Its Trusted Application Kit (T.A.K) solution combines AI-platform and strongest app shielding technology which protects B2B and B2C mobile channels from fraud and reduces your compliance risk exposure. It also enables new use cases and opens the market for 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.

For further information about Build38 visit www.build38.com