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Security framework from Build38 makes eHealth apps secure

Security framework from Build38 makes eHealth apps secure

Comprehensive app security guaranteed from development

With the current boom in eHealth apps, concerns around security and privacy are growing louder. Particularly in the case of health apps that provide information about specific diseases, offer support or form the communication interface between health insurers and customers, sensitive data must be specially protected. The so-called Trusted Application Kit (T.A.K) provides a secure framework with code encryption, making it much more difficult for hackers to gain access.

In order to finally eliminate security and data protection concerns in the use of eHealth apps, a general GDPR-compliant solution is currently being sought. This is especially true for digital health apps, which are prescribed by doctors. Build38 already has a suitable solution ready: The T.A.K is permanently adapted to the latest security findings and requirements in order to be able to guarantee the necessary security at all times.

Comprehensively secure eHealth apps with T.A.K

In accordance with the Shift Left Security approach, the T.A.K is already integrated into the app during app development as a library with code obfuscation. Since decryption proves to be particularly difficult, this ensures security from the outset. The multi-layered framework offers In-App Protection as well as reaction and central In-App Monitoring.

When a T.A.K-protected eHealth app is downloaded from the app store and opened for the first time on a mobile device, the app first checks whether it is running in a secure environment. Depending on the result, the app is then either run or blocked subsequently. “Digital health apps make an important contribution in the detection, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of diseases. For this reason, as for all medical devices, important safety regulations apply to them,” says Dr. Christian Schläger, Managing Director at Build38. “With our T.A.K, app operators and developers have a tool that can be integrated into the app in under three minutes. With effective risk and threat management, abuse and manipulation by cybercriminals can be significantly minimized.”

You can also get extensive insights into the topic of eHealth apps and their security in the podcast “Tick Tack – Time for Mobile Security” from Build38:

eHealth apps already without security risks and side effects

Goodbye to security and data protection problems

We are currently experiencing a boom in eHealth apps. Some apps accompany patients during certain illnesses, provide information and offer support, while other apps help with weight loss, exercise or serve as a means of communication between health insurers and customers. Soon there will also be the e-prescription and the electronic patient file. What all these apps have in common is the need for maximum security. In the case of the electronic patient file in particular, there is currently a lot of discussion about security and data protection. But if these factors were taken into account appropriately during the development process, there would be no need to worry about them. Appropriate solutions that take all important security aspects into account are already available on the market.

Comment by Dr. Christian Schläger, Managing Director of Build38

Of course, it is of paramount importance that apps – especially eHealth apps – are sufficiently protected against cyberattacks. In healthcare and also in apps, a lot of sensitive and personal data is processed which is extremely worth protecting. For example, diabetics enter their measured blood glucose levels, or people who are about to lose weight note their weight and have their body mass index calculated. The fact that this data is not intended for everyone probably does not need to be mentioned here. That's why we can understand why users are currently focusing on the security and data protection of these apps.

Security is often neglected in app development

Nevertheless, the security aspect is often initially neglected during app development due to a lack of expertise, time and budget. Before thinking about establishing certain security measures, many companies give top priority to the design and the fastest possible launch date. If an app is then launched under this assumption, it usually does not offer sophisticated protection against data theft, app cloning or other cyberattacks.

It's so easy to integrate security into apps right from the start. The days when large sums of money had to be invested and it took an extremely long time to secure an app 100 percent are over. In the meantime, there are modern and more cost-effective alternatives in the form of frameworks that can be integrated during app development in a short time. Such frameworks can prevent attacks and unauthorized access, so that sensitive data can never fall into unauthorized hands.

This should make it possible to finally remove all concerns about security and data protection.