Thanks to recent innovations in the mobile device industry, demand for mobile applications has soared. In fact, consumers have already downloaded billions of applications for mobile devices, and industry reports point to ongoing rapid growth in the mobile apps market
At the same time, malware continues to infect sites at an explosive rate. The proliferation of mobile applications – and the growing threat posed by malware – mean that mobile devices and networks now face an even greater risk of becoming infected with malicious content. Once an infection occurs, the consequences can be potentially disastrous for consumers, developers, and network operators alike.
Mobile application developers need to secure their code and content to protect the integrity of their software and the reputation of their business. Similarly, consumers need assurances that the latest cool game or productivity application that they are downloading to their mobile device is coming from a trustedsource and has not been tampered with during transit. At the same time,legitimate independent software vendors (ISVs) who typically publish multiple applications – and several versions of each application – need easy-to-use tools to track and administer their software. Robust tools, such as a Web-based management portal, can track releases and safely “recall” specific versions that become infected without impacting the rest of their published applications.
In this business guide, we discuss how the latest code signing technology works to secure software code and content for applications that are directly downloaded to mobile devices from the Internet. These applications can come either from the software publisher’s or application reseller’s websites, or directly from the mobile service provider’s network. We will also show why code signing platforms need to be flexible, scalable, user-friendly, and easily adaptable to different mobile operating platforms.