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Why does your business need mobile application pentesting?
Penetration testing of mobile applications is not a quick or easy process.
For the best results, your organisation needs to conduct comprehensive pen tests of the mobile applications you develop at different development stages to uncover weaknesses.
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Total customers globally
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Of our recent pen tests identified vulnerabilities
Of them contained critical and high risks.
Were access and authentication related issues.
Business risks were remediated last year.
Insecure data storage
Failing to store data securely gives hackers the opportunity to access devices and steal information. Breaches happen when software developers assume that users have the knowledge or malware to infiltrate systems.
Lack of a proper encryption process means data on the mobile application is not safe. The data is unprotected if developers make an error when implementing an encryption attempt. This gives hackers a chance to access and manipulate data that should be unreadable.
The first step of a mobile app penetration test is intelligence or information gathering. The data that Microminder’s pen test teams collect during this stage forms the basis of a mobile app penetration testing process.
The discovery phase aims to understand the mobile application's design, architecture and data flow. Our pentesters will use open-source intelligence (OSINT) to gather information on the application by searching the internet.
At this stage, Microminder’s testers use assessment techniques to observe how the application functions before and after installation on a mobile device. Some of these techniques include:
Local file analysis
Inter application communication
This is a real-world attack simulation that helps Microminder’s mobile application pentesters see how the application will respond to an attack. Our infosec experts take advantage of all vulnerabilities they have discovered and use mobile penetration testing tools to hack the system. These are usually found online or created by the security team's developers.
The final step of pentesting mobile apps is the preparation and presentation of the findings of the test. During this stage, Microminder’s test team will create executive-level and technical reports. The former is used by management and other non-technical employees. The technical report identifies more specific vulnerabilities and gives individual remediation procedures.
Our pentesters finalise the mobile app pen test by presenting final documents that include expert recommendations, queries, and updates. At Microminders, we make sure to answer all pertinent questions and present a final version to our clients to review and approve.
A lot of data theft happens when hackers steal user data over public networks. Pen testing mobile apps requires infosec teams to test how data travels over networks.
Look for clear text storage that is precisely what hackers hope to find in insecure applications.
This is a crucial step for effective mobile app penetration testing. Testers need to understand the architecture and design of software to identify areas of insecurity.
It’s necessary to test the efficiency of application security measures such as session expiration during a password change or multi-factor authentication.
Pen test teams need to check for debug and error messages that could inadvertently reveal internal app information to the end-user.
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Penetration testing is a type of security testing that is used to evaluate the security of an IT infrastructure by simulating an attack from an external or internal threat. A penetration test exploits the vulnerabilities further to discover the impacts on the systems.
Types of penetration testing include black box testing, white box testing, gray box testing, application testing, network testing, web application testing, and wireless testing and plenty more. You can find more details here
The purpose of penetration testing is to identify security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by an attacker, as well as identify weaknesses in an organisation’s security policies and procedures.
Organisations should conduct penetration tests on a regular basis, typically at least once a year.
A vulnerability assessment is a tool used to identify potential risks and weaknesses in an organisation’s security posture. A penetration test is a more thorough and in-depth analysis that is used to assess the security of an organisation’s systems and networks.
In order to conduct a penetration test, you need to have a thorough understanding of network security, apps and cloud environments and know how to use security tools and techniques.
Penetration testing can uncover a variety of information, such as open ports, weak passwords, unpatched vulnerabilities, system misconfigurations, and weak authentication mechanisms.
Penetration testing can help to identify security weaknesses that could be exploited by an attacker, as well as alert organisations to potential risks and vulnerabilities.
The risks associated with penetration testing include potential damage to systems, disruption of services, and disclosure of sensitive information. The likelihood of this is less than 0.10% as it’s performed in a controlled environment.
Common tools and techniques used in penetration testing include port scanning, vulnerability scanning, social engineering, exploitation, and privilege escalation.
The cost of a penetration test will depend on the scope and complexity of the test.
The duration of a penetration test will vary depending on the scope and complexity of the test, but typically it can take anywhere from 5 days on a simple web app testing to 15 days on a more complex app with multiple user roles and financial transactions. This includes reporting.
The scope of the penetration testing report is dependent on the specific requirements of the client. It will typically include a detailed assessment of the network, systems, and applications for security vulnerabilities.
The report will include information such as the security vulnerabilities found, the steps taken to exploit them, screenshots, POCs and any recommendations for improving the security of the system. Full sample report can be found here Download
Techniques used to evaluate system weaknesses will include manual and automated methods such as port scanning, vulnerability scanning, exploitation and more.
The time frame for completing the report will depend on the size and complexity of the system, but typically it can take anywhere from 2 to 3 days.
The expected outcome of the report is to identify security vulnerabilities and provide recommendations to mitigate them.
The results of the testing will be communicated to the client in the form of a written report and a via our live dashboard.
The process for follow-up and remediation of any vulnerabilities identified in the report will involve working with the client to develop and implement a plan to address the identified issues. We have post report call or an onsite meeting as needed. This can also include management/ board presentation for free.
Sensitive data will be handled in accordance with the client’s requirements and industry best practices for security. we are ISO27001, ISO9001 in addition to being CREST and CE plus certified. We take data security and privacy seriously.
Security measures taken to protect the testing environment will include strong authentication, encryption, and other measures to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of the data.
The results of the testing will be documented in the report and any additional documentation requested by the client. We provide trend history reports, summary reports, online dashboard in addition to the usual pdf reports.
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