Mobile App Security: A Framework for Analysis Applied to 8 Applications
This paper explains the industry security standards for
mobile payment and security applications in simple, user-friendly terms and
then analyzes 8 popular applications.
The analysis includes VeriFone’s Verishield Total Protect, Bump,
FaceCash, the Starbucks mobile app, Square, as well as McAfee Enterprise Mobility Management and VirusScan Mobile, Norton
Mobile Security, and Lookout Mobile Security.
The paper reviews each
payment application’s security system as well as what each security application
protects against. The paper identifies
strengths and weaknesses of each application as well as an assessment of the
effectiveness of the application by author Blattaria Ltd. The analysis is not meant to be
comprehensive, as new systems are being launched and updated all the time, but
rather to serve as examples for the reader to ask similar questions about any
system of interest.
The analysis also includes an overview of PCI and PA-DSS
security standards, including what types of companies are responsible for implementing
each security requirement and when the requirements apply for mobile
Blattaria Ltd. is a consulting firm with branches involved
in finance, technology, security and art markets. Headquartered in
London, Blattaria also has branch offices in Warsaw and Jerusalem.
Founded by a financial historian and a computer security expert,
Blattaria advises firms with regards to optimal structuring of assets, issues
within the global art markets, electronic preservation, outsourced due diligence,
computer and physical security audits and training, as well as content
creation. Blattaria Ltd. can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Length: 11 pages
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