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Five Ways to Boost Mobile Application Security

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Security is always at the top of a CIO's priority list and with the advent of BYOD and massive data breaches in the news, it's more worrisome than ever. Lisa Phifer at TechTarget published "Five Ways to Boost Mobile Application Security" to help IT departments think through some of the most pressing security concerns around mobile apps and device security.

Phifer warns readers: "When it comes to mobile application security, IT should focus on data, not devices." She encourages IT departments to ensure mobile app security by moving policies beyond mobile device management to these five areas:

1) Leverage Mobile Application Management (MAM) - MAM can stop users from sideloading public apps from unofficial app stores and it can silently push enterprise apps onto enrolled devices.

2) Apply containerization - Technologies that create authenticated, encrypted trustworthy environments to store, use and share business data can greatly boost security.

3) Insulate devices with Mobile Content Management (MCM) - MCM provides an authenticated encrypted lockbox where users can store business documents, images, email attachments, messages and more.

4) Practice reputation analysis - Reputation analysis, often included in Enterprise Mobility Management suites, can help assess and respond to mobile app vulnerabilities and threats faster.

5) Adopt identity management - Identity management allows IT to apply mobile application security policies based on authenticated user identity, and can potentially improve the user experience with single sign-on, for frictionless mobile access.

Read the full TechTarget article.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.