Keys to mobile security and innovation
Bryan Casey 270003BSJV BFCASEY@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  security innovate appscan mobile ibm 2012
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Today's post comes from Karl Snider, Market Segment Manager, Application Security.
The ongoing importance of secure application development is fueled by continued security exposures and the increasing amount of legislation that requires companies to disclose security incidents. Today, it is no longer an option to deploy an application without also first assessing its security posture.
Mobile applications have continued to rise in popularity and if your company hasn't built mobile versions of your customer facing web apps there is a good chance you are losing customers. Given the security risks we see today, it is imperative that 1) security is built into these mobile applications from the very beginning and 2) scanning those applications for vulnerabilities doesn't slow down deployment. The days of only scanning an application prior to deploying into production are gone and as a result more and more companies are implementing secure development practices earlier in the development lifecycle. The reality is that if you're not scanning early, you're costing your company precious time and resources as you experience later deployment delays fixing security vulnerabilities.
In addition, because the distribution of most mobile applications is through 3rd party markets, the added step of going through a 3rd party to deploy a security update adds precious time between the moment when a fix is available and the moment when it can be installed on devices. As a result, it is not only a best practice to address as many security issues in your application as early as possible, this practice is also essential to keeping costs down. As companies today are looking to expand their application security practices to all applications, both internal and external, the ability to keep costs under control is extremely important.
To learn more, these trends in the application security space will be discussed by Steve Robinson, VP, Development, Strategy, and Product Management and Patrick Vandenberg, Program Director, IBM Security Segment Marketing at the Rational Innovate Security Track keynote today (3 PM EST in Oceanic 5).
To read more about IBM Security's presence at the Innovate conference you can read the general overview here and the mobile security overview here.