Giving users unrestricted access to mobile apps without IT having a thorough understanding of all the behaviors the app performs and all the device features it uses introduces risk.
Consequently, it is essential to gain an understanding of app behaviors and the mobile device features each app uses. With this insight, you can determine if the app’s use of certain features results in a behavior that presents a risk. That determination should be based on risk assessment criteria established by the enterprise. These criteria vary from one enterprise to another and from one industry to another. Defense contractors and financial institutions, for example, have different risk criteria than online toy retailers.
As you continually build institutional knowledge around mobile app behaviors, you will become better positioned to establish processes to address mobile app behaviors. For example, you will be able to:
- Determine which behaviors are risky
- Identify which apps exhibit these behaviors
- Establish policies to deal with apps that exhibit risky behaviors
- Use the policies to manage the apps and mitigate risk
Identify Risky Behaviors with App Reputation Scanning
One of the major differences between traditional desktop and laptop applications, and the newer mobile apps is that there is little institutional knowledge of mobile app behavior in the enterprise.
An Application Readiness solution can help IT gain insight into app behavior by application reputation scanning to determine the mobile device features that the app uses. The solution can do this by examining the app properties and configuration. You can leverage the report to establish policies that define which behaviors are risky. These policies can then be used by the solution to automatically identify risky apps so you can manage them appropriately.
Identifying and effectively managing risky mobile apps not only minimizes risk but also enhances the user experience. Employees can use the apps in the authorized portfolio with confidence, knowing that these apps have been thoroughly vetted by IT. They know they are not going to get into trouble because of something the app does.
Download the white paper to learn more: Mitigating Mobile App Risk