Most companies are gradually embracing the idea of the enterprise app development, not only is it now very popular it also comes with so many benefits. An enterprise app increases employee commitment and also increases productivity. However, some companies still run away from app development due to the risks associated with it. These risks and challenges range from security threats to data privacy issues.
In enterprise app development, there are some security tips that app developers should keep in mind to prevent the security lags.
1. Login Verification
App developers should always include login verifications. This security tip is very effective in stopping the wrong people from accessing private data. There are different forms of login verification, but the recommended choice is SSO (single sign on). This login verification form is cost efficient and at the same time very effective. With SSO, the app users can log into several platforms and accounts while using just one password and login.
The SSO login verification makes employees choose strong passwords for their multiple accounts because they would only need to remember just that one password. It also makes sure that the strong password chosen by the employee remains confidential. When employees are sacked, retired, or resigned from the company, the number of accounts that would be deleted would be less.
2. Are network connections encrypted and secure?
One of the key concerns of App development companies when it comes to app security is data encryption. There are several types of encryption at different levels. They are; on the app, on the device, and on the network. One of the most effective ways to secure your data is through data encryption at the network level. If you want your data to be secured, you need to make sure it is encrypted at the network level. But not all companies have private networks; some companies share a network with other companies. With this kind of arrangement, it would be quite hard to encrypt your data at the network level, and invaders would be able to access any unencrypted data that passes between these networks.
If you want to prevent invaders from accessing your data, you can run security edits either using any of the top trusted mobile app development companies or even your internal IT team. They would be able to find any security pitfalls or ascertain if your data is at risk. After which, steps can be taken to make sure the right security measures are applied, and only if necessary.
3. App distribution
After building your app, you would have to decide where you would distribute or deploy the app. There are two major options for distribution; enterprise app stores and public app stores.
The enterprise app store keeps information that needs to be only shared internally private, which is why it is the common app store option for most businesses. It would be safer to keep any app made for internal use in the private enterprise store.
Here are some benefits of using enterprise app store;
• With enterprise app store, companies can limit downloads incorporate devices to just the approved apps that pass the companies security standards.
• Private enterprise app store allows you get rid of apps that are not in use by giving you internal user ratings.
• You can monitor the apps that can be downloaded using enterprise app store.
• Due to the private enterprise app store provides, you can limit the accessibility of each app according to the employment level and employee function.
• Private enterprise stores provide detailed and analytical information that includes when the app was accessed; who accessed it, and which of the apps was accessed.
4. What happens when the device is lost?
When a device containing sensitive data is lost, it might fall into the wrong hands leaving the company vulnerable. To avoid being vulnerable the security option of device wiping should be used to effectively wipe out the all the sensitive corporate contents contained in the device and leave the personal ones. When the device has been found, the security option should have the ability to restore the deleted contents.
5. Who will have access to your app?
App development does not just end after the apps have been created; it is a continuous commitment, the content of the app has to be regularly updated. The content of the app can be updated either by the person who created the app or some else who is more qualified.
But not just anybody can take up this responsibility. The person should be aware of the data sensitivity of the content they are handling and also how to keep it safe.
The employees should also be educated on what not to do and what should be done. This should include the security measures that should be taken to prevent the contents from getting to the wrong person or people.
Managing the app securely by the app developer or even a development team is not enough. The security of the content management should also be seen as a top priority.
6. What happens when employees leave the company?
It is normal for employees to leave a company, either they are laid off, retired, or resigned. When building an app, these should be put into consideration so that a former employee is not privy to your sensitive app contents, especially if the employee was laid off.
There should be an internal security control that includes some measures like password protections and encryption. These security controls are very vital, especially for privileged accounts.
In situations like this, there should be instant and easy revoking as well as approval of access to sensitive data, and also have a detailed data about how sensitive data is used, who has access to accounts and when access to this data is gained. Having a detailed data would keep you informed, and let you know when the data is being misused.
7. What data will you have in your app?
To ensure that the access control and content of the app are suitable for the proposed audience, you should have a clear idea of what exact data is going into your app.
One of the best ways to stop sensitive information from getting to the wrong people is by consistently categorized data, and by setting policies to systematically categorize data according to sensitivity and so many other categories.
Sometimes, there is a lack of understanding concerning the location of sensitive data, thereby leading to inadequate education on how app builders should proceed when handling the data. All companies are supposed to have controls that would make sure all their data categories are handled appropriately the ability to restore the deleted contents.