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Mobile computing continues to enjoy explosive growth across all industries, but at the same time it’s also creating an even bigger attack surface. Today’s cybercriminals are rapidly expanding their operations to attack mobile apps for financial gain by stealing customer identities, intellectual property or gaining access to back office systems.

These attacks are executed by reverse engineering apps – disassembling then back into their original code to uncover critical algorithms, keys and sensitive data. Once reversed engineered malware can be inserted in an app for posting back to legitimate or fraudulent app stores – all with the goal of stealing log in credentials. Other outcomes of reverse engineering can come from the theft of intellectual property, sensitive data, or to attack back office systems via a compromised API.

To counteract this threat, apps must be hardened against attacks with protection that goes where the app goes, making them tamper-resistant, and tamper-aware. And, since combating threat actors is not a one-time event, protections must be architected for durability and resilience. Defenses should be layered and capable of reporting back to the business about the kinds of attacks encountered to prevent threats from becoming large scale attacks.

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