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What to Look for in a Mobile Security Assessment Report

Security vulnerabilities could harm businesses of any size and type. According to a report published by PT Security, around 43% of the Android and 38% of the scanned iOS apps had high-risk vulnerabilities in them. 

In order to successfully fight against this rising threat, businesses must take security ahead in their priority ladder. That is why the adoption of advanced security assessment techniques like VAPT [Vulnerability assessment and penetration testing] becomes necessary. 

Moreover, as much as the testing process, its proper reporting has an important role to play as well. Vulnerability reports not only provide a detailed structure of the assessment but also offer meaningful insights to target the risks. 

But often at times, security service providers overlook the importance of proper reporting. As a result, clients end up being dissatisfied with the entire testing process. Therefore, it becomes necessary to examine the importance of vulnerability reports. 

The basic step in this direction should be knowing how to differentiate a good mobile security assessment report from others. And for this, you must know what to look for in mobile security assessment report.

Before moving ahead, let’s first see why Appknox’s approach to vulnerability testing is the best in the market. Later on, we will take you through a sample Appknox mobile security assessment report so you could have a fair idea about what to look for in a standard mobile security assessment report.    

Why Choose Appknox for Vulnerability Assessment?

Often counted among the highest-rated security testing vendors, Appknox is well known for providing top-notch mobile security services.

Our VAPT Suite ensure that security is never a concern for your business. With detailed expertise in business verticals like FMCG, Media, BFSI, Fintech and government institutions, we have provided cybersecurity solutions to more than 200 companies worldwide. 

 

Our services ensure that your product and business stays on top with a faster time to market. We believe in automation of security, thus giving teams enough time to do more thorough pen-tests and pinpoint remaining issues if any. By plugging more than 500,000 threats to date, we have saved millions of dollars for businesses across the globe. 

Appknox Mobile Security Assessment  Reports: Accurate, Reliable and More 

Similar to other business highlights, our mobile security assessment reports stand out in comparison to others as well. We focus on accuracy and reliability and our reports enable our users to achieve similar results as well. 

Our aim is to provide clear and simplified results in our reports. By doing this, we not only show the right path to our clients but also save their useful resources.

Here we have outlined a list of some of the key features we include in our mobile security assessment reports and why they are so important.  

1) Application Details

In order to ensure easy tracking and for future reference, our vulnerability report always comes with application details. So, every time an app gets tested, a concise summary containing the app’s name, platform, version, and unique id is recorded. The basic idea behind this part of the report is that it helps users in keeping track of individual tests. 

2) Report Summary

Once the detailed static, dynamic, API and other manual scans are completed, an executive report summary is presented. Here, users can see a detailed overview of the tests and the corresponding CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) scores. This universally accepted and standardized method rates vulnerabilities on the basis of damage they can cause or the urgency of response.    

The purpose of this summary is to present a simple overview of the risks found during the test. Without going into the technical details, business leaders can gain some important insights from this audit summary. 

Visual elements like graphs with security ratings make communication even crisper. Based on priority levels, the failed test cases are outlined. The summary also mentions whether the security issue was found during static analysis, dynamic analysis, API testing or manual testing. 

3) Detailed Vulnerability Report

After rating the risk, it becomes important to explain the risk and also its implications. So, after the audit summary, Appknox’s vulnerability assessment report provides a detailed overview of each security issue.

In the detailed report the major components are:

  • CVSS Rating: After rating the issue, this section of the vulnerability report tells the level of impact the issue has on critical factors such as availability, confidentiality, and integrity.
  • Regulatory Details: This section provides details related to major regulatory compliances like OWASP, HIPPA, and PCI-DSS. Suggestions regarding what must be done to stay within the compliances are also given. 
  • Risk Assessment: This portion of the report evaluates the risks associated with the issue found. Based on the level of risk, some important mitigation approaches are outlined. 
  • Compliant Solution: Compliant solution section explains what must be done in order to eliminate the security risk effectively. The proposed solutions are often unique and in accordance with the client’s business needs.  
  • Business Implication: This section highlights the serious business implications the risk could have if not found and eliminated on time.  
  • Related Vulnerabilities: Other similar security issues are mention in this section so as to alert the business leaders and security teams in advance. 

This section of the report not only covers the technical details but the impact on the business is also analyzed. So, it speaks to everyone - security teams and business leaders as well. Moreover, it also presents remedies specific to the client’s unique business context. 

Final Thoughts

Vulnerability testing is not the only reason why clients eye at security service providers. They often seek other supporting factors and a perfectly structured vulnerability assessment report is one of them. It is necessary to compile all the essential highlights, hidden causes, and mitigation strategies. This not only completes the cycle of security testing but also helps in laying out plans for the future.   

 

Published on Dec 12, 2019
Chaitanya GVS
Written by Chaitanya GVS
Chaitanya Heads growth and full-funnel user acquisition at Appknnox, with a mission to launch Appkox in middle-east, south-east Asia and Latin America. Prior to appknox, Chaitanya has worked as a head of product marketing for several other companies in USA, India helping early-stage startups to scale with cost-effective growth marketing

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