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7 Serious Mobile Application Security Risks

These dangerous coding and implementation issues can give attackers easy access to corporate data and personal information.

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Mobile App Makers Repeat Costly Mistakes

Independent software makers, consultants and other solution providers that help clients create mobile applications are repeating many of the same mistakes that led to weak and poorly protected Web applications, according to software security experts. Poor coding practices result in costly weaknesses that can give attackers a pathway to sensitive data, including corporate information, said Rick Doten, chief information security officer at Bethesda, Md.-based Digital Management. Doten, who is exploring how to apply the SANS Institute's 20 Critical Security Controls to mobile security for the Council on Cybersecurity, said today's mobile application weaknesses parallel the security flaws of years past. The Ponemon Institute, which surveyed 618 IT and IT security practitioners about their mobile security practices, identified a number of serious mobile application security risks. Here are the most dangerous errors.

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