Mobile App Security Vulnerabilities – What to Expect in 2020


Attackers are becoming more sophisticated, especially with mobile apps. In 2019, some of the largest mobile security threats that enterprises faced included insufficient authorization on API calls, failing to do certificate pinning, reverse engineering of mobile apps, and data leakage.

One of the ways attackers target vulnerabilities in mobile apps is through fake wireless networks that seek to compromise the communication between the mobile app and the backend servers.

While Wi-Fi is considered safe if it is a secure private network, users often connect with insecure public Wi-Fi networks that might seem reputable but were set up to trick them and lure them into harmful networks. This is why certificate pinning is essential.

How can you protect your mobile apps and users from cyberattacks?

There are several ways you can protect your mobile app so that attackers can not compromise the data on the frontend or the backend of the application. This will help you protect both your users as well as your company’s data.

To give you a clear understanding of what the top mobile app security vulnerabilities look like, here’s a quick overview of the most common yet dangerous security vulnerabilities that exist in insecure mobile apps.

Author Bio – Aaron Cure

Aaron Cure is the Principal Security Consultant at Cypress Data Defense and an instructor and contributing author for the Dev544 Secure Coding in .NET course.

After 10 years in the U.S. Army, I decided to switch my focus to developing security tools and performing secure code reviews, penetration testing, static source code analysis, and security research.