How to expose flaws in custom-built mobile apps

A software bill of materials can help uncover known vulnerabilities and keep corporate apps more secure

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As enterprises develop more custom applications -- many of them mobile apps as part of a mobile-first strategy -- in-house developers are increasingly at risk of unwittingly using open-source code rife with vulnerabilities.

Developing custom apps allows a business to differentiate itself from competitors by offering customers, whether internal users or consumers, a better mobile experience.

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Unlike traditional software development, mobile applications add layers of complexity, particularly when companies create server-side web APIs or client-side native rich clients. That's also true when integrating software across other applications and systems.

Not only can underlying weaknesses and vulnerabilities be carried over from the web application space, but there are new concerns about the secure storage of sensitive data at rest on a device.

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