“Software is eating the world.” The now-famous quote by technology expert Marc Andreessen was relevant in 2011 but seems downright prophetic in 2018 — the rise of web-based, mobile and IoT applications have created a market both massive and ever-changing. Companies know that simply staying competitive requires cutting-edge apps that both streamline the user experience and provide a steady flow of actionable data. But malicious actors also recognize the value of applications — and will do anything they can to compromise, infiltrate or damage business app networks.
It gets worse: According to the Center for Internet Security, “malspam” threats — unsolicited emails that contain malicious links or attachments — remain the number one attack vector for cybercriminals. Why? Because despite their simplicity, these attacks succeed. As noted by SC Magazine, meanwhile, 80 percent of IoT applications still aren’t tested for security vulnerabilities.
Today more than ever, applications are mobile and can be run worldwide. And many useful apps access sensitive data and have value-added functionality within them (such as trade secrets). Because traditional firewall type attacks are much more difficult today, hackers are increasingly targeting both consumer and enterprise mobile and desktop apps as a newer attack vector. So, those apps may be at risk from theft of IP/underlying sensitive data, malware injection and more advanced targeted threats.
Every organization must ultimately make their own assessment as to the level of risk they are willing to tolerate – and mobile application risk is no exception to this rule.
Preventing IP theft, data loss, privacy violations, software piracy, and a growing list of other risks uniquely tied to the rise of enterprise mobile computing.
We recently released a brand new version of Dotfuscator, Dotfuscator Windows Phone Edition! It is completely free to use and has all of the instrumentation and obfuscation features of the commercial version, but is specifically designed for developers of Windows Phone 7 applications!
Recent communications from Microsoft have resulted in a wave of interest (to put it mildly) in obfuscation. Obfuscation is not new; nor are most of the questions, concerns, and critiques that have started flying around the WP7 dev community – but some are (because there are some unique aspects to the wp7 environment).