• Online, Instructor-Led
  • Online, Self-Paced
  • Classroom
Course Description

Mobile application development is growing exponentially year over year. As of late 2015, over 3 million apps are deployed in the Apple and Google app stores. These apps are consumed by over 700 million users world-wide and account for 33% of the traffic on the Internet [1]. Average users have over 100 mobile apps installed on their device, many of which provide business critical services to customers and employees.

Unfortunately, these apps are often rushed to market to gain a competitive advantage with little regard for security. As seen in web applications for the past 20 years, software vulnerabilities always exist where code is being written and mobile apps are no different. Mobile apps are vulnerable to a whole new class of vulnerabilities, as well as most traditional issues that have long plagued web and desktop applications. This problem will only continue to grow unless managers, architects, developers, and QA teams learn how to test and defend their mobile apps.

DEV531: Defending Mobile Applications Security Essentials covers the most prevalent mobile app risks, including those from the OWASP Mobile Top 10. Students will participate in numerous hands-on exercises available in both the Android and iOS platforms. Each exercise is designed to reinforce the lessons learned throughout the course, ensuring that you understand how to properly defend your organization's mobile applications.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify sensitive information stored insecure on a mobile device
  • Sniff mobile app traffic using Wireshark
  • Test a mobile app for certificate pinning protections
  • Use a web application proxy to test mobile app APIs for vulnerabilities
  • Leverage built-in fingerprint authorization APIs from your custom apps
  • Understand industry cryptography best practices (NIST, PCI) for encryption, hashing, and random number generation on mobile platforms
  • Secure Android IPC and iOS URL schemes
  • Inspect mobile app binaries and obtain sensitive information

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.