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Mobile Application Penetration Testing

Safeguard your digital applications by detecting vulnerabilities that could impact the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of your systems and data.

What is Mobile Application Penetration Testing?

Mobile Application Penetration Testing is a key component in the security assurance process for mobile applications and digital assets. It ensures adherence to both internal and external standards, thereby reducing vulnerabilities to cyber threats. This type of testing ensures that users can only perform actions that are intended in the mobile app and that strong security measures are in place to protect users, especially from attackers seeking to exploit compromised accounts. The testing process involves identifying vulnerabilities that attackers, whether authenticated or unauthenticated, could use to:

  • Gain unauthorized access to sensitive information.
  • Conduct harmful activities within the mobile application.
  • Compromise the security of other users of the app.
  • Illicitly escalate their privileges within the mobile application.
  • Threaten the infrastructure underlying the mobile application.

Suitable for all kinds of mobile applications, whether designed for internal use or for the public, Mobile Application Penetration Testing is designed to uncover vulnerabilities that could impact the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of the app and the data it processes.

Why is Mobile Application Penetration Testing Essential?

Mobile Application Penetration Testing is critical for establishing a solid security base for your mobile applications. It’s essential for ensuring the safety and robustness of mobile systems and apps, which are integral to the seamless functioning of business operations and a vital part of effective risk management. This testing confirms the strength of key business services that are dependent on mobile technologies.

For organizations that heavily rely on mobile systems and technologies to conduct their business services, regular testing of these mobile applications is of paramount importance. This is particularly crucial for companies whose business strategies are focused on utilizing cutting-edge technologies to boost their business performance and success. Securing their mobile digital infrastructure is a key priority.

NeedSec recommends that all organizations depending on the ever-evolving landscape of mobile systems and applications should incorporate consistent testing into their ongoing security assurance program, to maintain and enhance their security stance.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What information is required to provide a quote/scope for a mobile application penetration test?

The following information, at minimum, is required to scope a web application security test:

 Number of applications to be tested

 Number of static and dynamic pages

 Number of input fields

 Whether authenticated or only unauthenticated testing is required

How long does it take to perform a mobile application penetration test?

The duration required for a consultant to conduct a mobile application penetration test varies based on the test’s scope. The time frame is influenced by several factors, such as the quantity and nature of the web applications being evaluated, the count of static or dynamic pages within these applications, and the number of input fields involved.

How much does a web Mobile Penetration Test cost?

The price for conducting a mobile application penetration test is based on the number of days required to complete the specified scope of the project. To obtain a quote, your organisation must fill out a pre-evaluation questionnaire. Experts from NeedSec are on hand to assist you throughout this procedure.

Do you deliver Mobile Penetration Testing to meet specific compliance requirements?

Testing can be conducted to satisfy various compliance requirements, such as PCI DSS, IT Health Check, ISO 27001, NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit, Trusted Partner Network (TPN), PCI-DSS and SOC2, among others.

What types of mobile application penetration testing can be performed?

NeedSec offers testing from both authenticated and unauthenticated viewpoints, representing attackers with varying levels of access and privilege, and simulates a range of threats, including internal and external ones. NeedSec conducts black, white, and grey box assessments to meet diverse client needs.

 Black Box: This testing mimics a real-world attacker with no prior knowledge of the systems in scope.

 Grey Box: Informed by some insights about the application, such as architectural diagrams, documentation, and credentials, this method allows for a more thorough assessment with less time spent on understanding the application’s functionality.

 White Box: Performed with full transparency to the client, this testing includes comprehensive details like source code, architecture, data workflow, etc. It provides an in-depth review of the application to pinpoint deeper security issues from both design and implementation angles.

Where feasible, NeedSec recommends the grey box approach to enhance the value of testing. This method often leads to greater depth and breadth in findings, offering more substantial insights for potential remediations and an overall improvement in security posture.

What industry standards are followed during mobile application penetration testing?

NeedSec’s Application Penetration Tests are guided by various industry benchmarks, including the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS), the OWASP Mobile Application Security Verification Standard (MASVS), the OWASP Web and API Top 10, the Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM), and the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES). These standards ensure a comprehensive and up-to-date approach to security testing.

What happens at the end of a mobile application penetration test?

Following each mobile application security assessment, consultants from NeedSec will compile a detailed written report. This report will outline identified vulnerabilities, their associated risk levels, and suggested corrective measures. Beyond specific remedies, NeedSec aims to offer more comprehensive advice, where feasible, to assist clients in tackling underlying security issues that could be affecting other applications as well.

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