In order to become a leader in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, tech giant IBM (NYSE:IBM) announced new software to help organizations develop more secure mobile applications by design. By allowing clients to build security into the initial design of mobile applications, IBM seeks to assist in detecting vulnerabilities in the development process. The company claims that clients will be able to take advantage of a mobile platform that spans application development, integration, security and management.
According to IBM's own research, mobile exploits increased by 19 percent in 2011. In another IBM study, 55 percent of respondents cited mobile security as a primary technology concern over the next two years. To combat customer concerns, IBM now offers a application development security solution, which allows clients to integrate mobile application security testing throughout the application lifecycle.
Attackers are targeting Security On the Go Mobile applications more than web applications, since they are at higher risk for vulnerabilities. Many organizations are not aware of the security risk mobile applications can be, so they end up overlooking security. IBM looks to combat this oversight by providing clients with the ability to scan mobile applications for vulnerabilities.
Users can test application security through Android applications. In addition, customers can benefit from the following:
- Integration with IBM's QRadar Security Intelligence Platform
- A new Cross Site Scripting (XSS) analyzer
- New static analysis capabilities
- Predefined and customizable templates