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Mobile Application Penetration Testing

Learn what vulnerabilities exist in your mobile app and how to best secure them

Mobile App Penetration Testing

Businesses and consumers are relying more on mobile applications than ever before. Constant connectivity and convenience is at the forefront of this reliance and security must be as well. Polito's team of cybersecurity experts possesses the unique skillset and experience to thoroughly test your mobile applications, whether on Apple's® iOS and iPadOS platforms or on Google's® Android. Our team has even developed our own mobile application trainings and is honored to have been selected to present and teach at DEF CON, arguably one of the largest and most highly regarded cybersecurity conferences in the world.

Polito Advantage for Mobile App Penetration Testing:
  1. Popular Platforms Covered:  Our Mobile App Penetration Testing services includes testing Apple's® iOS and iPadOS platforms and Google's® Android OS. We assess your app on each platform independently to ensure testing is as thorough and meticulous as possible. Vulnerabilities that may exist in your app on one platform may not exist on another.

  2. Identification of Vulnerabilities:  Our penetration testers employ a combination of commercial and open-source tools as well as automated and manual techniques to identify vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers. We prioritize the vulnerabilities based on their severity and provide you with detailed reports outlining potential risks and recommended remediation measures. In the event our team discovers a critical vulnerability, we will notify your developers, IT and/or security teams immediately and provide guidance on remediation or mitigation.

  3. Authentication and Authorization Testing:  We evaluate the effectiveness of your app's authentication and authorization mechanisms. By attempting various attack scenarios, including credential cracking, session hijacking, and token manipulation, we identify weaknesses that could allow unauthorized access to user accounts and sensitive data.

  4. Expert Penetration Testing & Analysis:  We analyze every aspect of your mobile app, including client-side and server-side components, APIs, and data storage mechanisms. Our experts perform both static and dynamic analysis to uncover vulnerabilities, data security issues, and potential security flaws. We employ a combination of manual testing techniques and automated tools to identify vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and weak points that may compromise your application's security.

  5. Data Storage and Transmission Analysis:  We examine how your mobile app handles sensitive data, both at rest and in transit. Our experts assess encryption practices, data leakage risks, and potential weaknesses in communication protocols to ensure that data remains secure.

  6. Source Code Analysis:  Our team has the expertise and tools necessary to perform source code analysis to uncover hidden vulnerabilities and potential exploits within your app's source code. We routinely find hard-coded passwords, potential backdoors, and other weaknesses that could compromise the security of your mobile app.

  7. Executive Report, Outbrief, and Support:  At the conclusion of our Mobile App Penetration Testing services, our team will provide you with a comprehensive report detailing our findings, including an executive summary, screenshots, and other supporting evidence to support out findings. Additionally, we will provide an outbrief to client stakeholders and address outstanding questions and concerns. Our team prides ourselves on our expert consultation and making recommendations based on balancing cybersecurity industry best practices and business needs.

  8. Re-Testing After Remediation & Mitigation is Complete:  Our team highly recommends, and many of our clients request, to have their mobile apps re-tested to ensure their remediation and/or mitigation efforts that resulted from the initial penetration test were implemented and executed successfully.

Polito's Mobile App Penetration Testing services allows you to be confident the mobile apps you're developing and/or implementing at your organization meet the highest security standards, protecting user data, and maintaining user and stakeholder confidence.

OWASP Top 10 for Mobile Apps

Our team aligns our Mobile Application Penetration Testing services with the globally renowned OWASP Top 10 for Mobile Apps. The OWASP Top 10 is considered a global standard for developers and mobile application security. This list is a ranking of the most critical security vulnerabilities that mobile apps face today.

  • M1: Improper Platform Usage

  • M2: Insecure Data Storage

  • M3: Insecure Communication

  • M4: Insecure Authentication

  • M5: Insufficient Cryptography

  • M6: Insecure Authorization

  • M7: Client Code Quality

  • M8: Code Tampering

  • M9: Reverse Engineering

  • M10: Extraneous Functionality

NIST Framework Penetration Testing Methodology

Our team aligns our Penetration Testing services with the highly respected NIST Framework. Below is a general outline of NIST's penetration testing methodology:

  1. Planning and Reconnaissance

    • Research and gather information on the target, plan attacks

    • Verify in-scope systems and basic information, such as operating systems in use

  2. Vulnerability Identification

    • We use industry standard commercial vulnerability scanners, such as Tenable Nessus

    • Polito manually validates the vulnerabilities detected to determine if they're false positives or not applicable

  3. Vulnerability Exploitation

    • Manually validated vulnerabilities are exploited by our expert team of ethical hackers

  4. Documenting Findings

    • Our team documents our steps taken, findings, remediation/mitigation recommendations and other relevant information into a formal report

    • We also conclude our penetration testing engagments with a formal outbrief to review the final report and answer client questions

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