Why application security testing is only half the battle

Protected applications on a mobile device.

With the increase of mobile applications being deployed, the market for Static Application Security Testing (SAST) tools is growing rapidly and the need for additional application protection is essential.

The need for SAST testing makes a lot of sense. While we try to catch coding flaws through manual review, things can easily fall through the cracks. With all these factors, it’s easy to miss something essential and end up with a vulnerable application on the market.

Code errors can lead to vulnerabilities in an application

Automatic SAST tools are meticulous at flagging code errors. Although, it is important to note that not all hacks occur from coding errors, and that preventing coding errors is not the same as protecting an application. Without additional application protection, an application may still be vulnerable to:

  • Potential revenue loss
  • Brand damage and loss of customer confidence
  • Cloning and repackaged with malware

No matter how error-free code is, when it’s made publicly available and is operating in hostile environments, hackers try to exploit it

This is where advanced application protection comes in. No matter how error-free code is, when it’s made publicly available and is operating in hostile environments, hackers try to exploit it.

Application protection tools are designed to make it unprofitable for a hacker to attack an application, making it less of a target amongst the sea of applications out there.

Application protection make it unprofitable for hackers

Ultimately, for an application to be fully secure, a SAST tool is needed to address any code errors and an application protection tool is needed to prevent hacking. Just as a SAST tool can be easily implemented, an application protection tool can also be just that easy and meticulous. With both of these together, an application has the advanced protection it needs to survive against motivated hackers.

Irdeto’s Trusted Software solution offers years of experience protecting mobile applications. The Trusted Software solution is a zero-touch solution that can help ensure that your application is not one a hacker will go after!

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