App security in three minutes
Things you can do in under ten minutes: get a coffee, read this blog text, develop secure apps … But wait – doesn’t it actually take several months and lots of money to make an app truly secure? We dispel this fallacy and show how In-App Protection can be incorporated into application development in under three minutes.
App security is still often neglected in the development phase. In most cases, developers lack the time and expertise to comprehensively develop and integrate the security layer. Many companies still focus first on the design and the fastest possible launch date.
At this point, a “low-cost” and quick market launch is still at odds with comprehensive In-App Protection, which is included in the development right from the start. So far, this was understandable in a certain extent, because it would take about 400 months of development (including the server side) to develop an app that is secure down to the smallest detail. If you now assume that a developer month costs around 10,000 euros, it is easy to calculate the costs a company can face here.
400 months vs. 3 minutes – not possible? You bet!
We have documented the fact that it is possible to make an app secure in just three minutes in an integration video of our Software Development Kit T.A.K:
- Step 1:
Adding T.A.K to an Android Studio project.
- Step 2:
Adding T.A.K as a dependency to the app module.
- Step 3:
Initialising T.A.K and registering to the T.A.K Service
- Step 4:
Retrieving device-specific data, such as T.A.K ID or client certificate.
- Step 5:
Using the Secure Storage, which ensures highly secure storage of confidential, sensitive or personal data.
- Step 6:
Using the File Protector to protect resources and assets during development. The information only needs to be decrypted when needed.
- Step 7:
Assessing the runtime environment ensures that the app will run on a secure device.
- Step 8:
Using the secure channel to prevent data interception, data leakage and to provide highly secure access to the server.
- Step 9:
Releasing T.A.K. This enormous time saving enables a developer to take care of what he is actually supposed to take care of: developing an app according to the customer’s requirements – in terms of functionality and design – and yet not neglecting security. At the same time, of course, this also gives him the scope to develop multiple apps in a short time.
Because what companies should always be aware of: Their apps are used by end users without them as the app operators still having control over them. It is therefore essential to secure applications against unauthorised modifications, data breaches and malware right from the development stage. Once an app has been compromised, cyber criminals can gain access to private data or, ultimately, into the company network via this gateway. With data loss, financial damage and damage to reputation, this can have negative consequences for the app operator in the short term, which can also have a long-term impact on the company’s success.