So You Want to Improve Mobile Application Security in Your Enterprise? Here’s How

Mobile applications can be a double-edged sword at the enterprise level. On one hand, mobile applications are a must for enhancing productivity. In fact, it’s hard to imagine what life would be like without access to applications.

On the other hand, mobile applications can be extremely dangerous for enterprise security. Research shows, for instance, that 97 percent of mobile applications can access private data yet lack appropriate security safeguards. Further, 75 percent of mobile applications don’t adhere to proper encryption protocols for data storage.

At this point, your company can’t abandon its mobile application; after all, it’s become too engrained in your business’s daily operations. A better approach is to improve your mobile identity verification strategy.

What options are available to improve mobile application security? There are many different solutions that you can choose from besides traditional passwords and PINs, such as requiring end users to draw a unique pattern on the screen or submit a fingerprint or photo.

The biggest problem with these solutions, however, besides being relatively insecure, is that they take time to complete. Picture your employee walking down a busy street with a coffee in his or her hand, for instance; that person will not want to stop, take a selfie (as is required with facial recognition software) or enter a lengthy security credential like a password. The solution needs to be quick and effortless in order for end users to adhere to embrace the technology.

Voice biometric authentication is one technology that your business can use to streamline mobile application security. An end user simply has to recite a phrase into the microphone of his or her device. The biometric engine will scan that person’s voiceprint and grant access only if it meets a variety of specific vocal requirements.

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Three Reasons Your Developers Will Love Working With ViGo

You go to great lengths to keep your team of expert developers happy. After all, these are the people responsible for building and deploying the first-class applications that keep your enterprise ticking. In your quest for the ideal mobile identity verification solution, therefore, you’ll want to find an option that is not only safe and user-friendly but developer-friendly (meaning easy to integrate, flexible, and free of bugs and vulnerabilities) too, like VoiceVault’s ViGo.

Here are three reasons why your developers will love working with VoiceVault’s voice-based mobile identity verification solution, ViGo:

It will save them time: ViGo is designed to take the hassle out of application security. Oftentimes, developers will build an amazing application only to have it hampered by cumbersome security architectures that slow down performance and create unnecessary barriers for end users. VoiceVault, however, will take care of the hard part for you by building a voice biometric engine directly into your existing application. The result will be a light-weight, easy-to-access security solution that your end users will love.

It comes with a flexible test environment: Using ViGo is pressure-free, as your team will have a free 45-day window to test the solution across your enterprise and determine whether it’s for you. Beyond this window, you can enroll in the Developer Test Environment which, in exchange for a fee, will grant you a three-month trial and the ability to scale your user base up to 1,000 employees.

VoiceVault provides plenty of in-house support: The VoiceVault support team is readily available to assist with any questions or issues that may arise during implementation. As we described in a recent mobile education case study, one of our customers spoke about how they encountered an issue while they were integrating the product, and emailed support at VoiceVault. Within 20 minutes, a comprehensive response was emailed back and the team was able to solve the problem. Your developers, in other words, won’t be on their own using this solution. It’s a team effort!

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Three Reasons Why Voice Biometrics Is a Great Fit for the Mobile Education Industry

Three Reasons Why Voice Biometrics Is a Great Fit for the Mobile Education Industry

Your company is a mobile education provider that has the potential to be a major market disrupter in its industry. That’s because your application can streamline learning in a way that is highly convenient for active end users, and affordable too.

The only problem is that you’re lacking one critical element: a security solution capable of ensuring that customers are in fact who they claim to be when using your product. Since your business operates almost entirely online, and you don’t meet customers face to face, your company is highly susceptible to fraud.

Voice biometric identity verification is one technology that can streamline the end-user authentication process and ensure a high level of end-user integrity.

Here are three reasons why voice biometrics is a great fit for the mobile education industry:

  1. Impossible to imitate: One major challenge that developers face when integrating security solutions into mobile education software is that it’s hard to prevent end users from imitating other identities. For instance, passwords and user names cannot prevent people from logging in and completing course work under someone else’s name. A voice biometrics engine, however, uses both behavioral and physiological characteristics to determine whether a voice print is accurate; in other words, it takes into account both a unique voice print and other factors such as tone and accent.
  2. Works quickly: Developers know that they cannot sacrifice speed and efficiency in their mobile applications, as these two critical factors are what typically drive customers to mobile education in the first place; simply put, users don’t have the time or patience to waste entering security credentials every time they access an application. Using voice biometric authentication only takes a few seconds at a time, and does not require typing any information or answering any questions; all an end user has to do is recite a simple phrase.
  3. Mobile-friendly: Voice biometrics is mobile-friendly in that it can work over just about any smartphone or tablet, using a device’s built-in microphone. It’s capable of being built directly into an application, too. This was a major selling point for one company, Aceable of Texas, that decided to partner with VoiceVault to secure its mobile drivers’ education and defensive driving solutions. Aceable needed a solution that could integrate directly with its mobile application so that customers did not have to use a standard Web browser to access their service.

By partnering with VoiceVault, Aceable was able to achieve its goals and realize its advanced security needs while still maintaining its mobile-first mentality.

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VoiceVault’s Developer Test Environment: A Flexible Way To Test ViGo

Integrating a new mobile identity verification solution across your enterprise is a big decision. It requires a great deal of planning and testing, as you want to make sure that the solution is the right fit for your enterprise before making an investment.

For this reason, VoiceVault makes it easy to test the waters and evaluate its ViGo voice recognition software. If you’re looking to test ViGo, you can sign up for a free 45-day, non-recurring self-registration period. During this time, you can register up to 200 users across your enterprise.

But what happens if you still need more time to evaluate the product after the free 45-day window ends? If you’re still not ready to commit to using ViGo, you can enter the next phase of the integration cycle which is the Developer Test Environment. Using the Developer Test Environment is not free, as it costs $750 to sign up. In doing so, however, you’ll gain access to a three month trial period as well as the ability to register up to 1,000 users.

The Developer Test Environment will also grant you access to the following features:

  • Limited custom configuration/ phrases: Enjoy a preview of some of the customizable features that you will receive when using the full ViGo product.
  • No maintenance downtime: Unlike the initial 45-day window, you can avoid scheduled maintenance periods and ensure a greater amount of uptime.
  • High availability API: VoiceVault’s high-available API protects your application in the event of system failure.
  • High-throughput bandwidth: Minimize network latency, ensuring lightning-fast application response times.
  • Guaranteed data retention: Gain detailed records of your usage data for compliance purposes.

The great part about the Developer Test Environment is that it’s recurring, which means you can use it until you’re ready to migrate to a larger package, which is billed on a per-user basis and does not come with a maximum number of registered users.

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When it Comes to Mobile Application Security, It’s All About Simplicity

As a developer, finding a simple and efficient security solution for your mobile application can be a tough task. It’s hard enough creating an application that is user friendly before having to worry about keeping it safe from unauthorized third parties. But mobile application security should not be taken lightly. Corporations are increasingly relying on mobile applications to store sensitive data, but mobile threats are intensifying as well. Creating an application that is secure could mean the difference in preventing a costly security breach from occurring.

Recently, we here at VoiceVault sat down with our CTO Tim Furnell, who spoke about why incorporating mobile security into technology is so difficult.

“It’s complex in terms of the development process and because there are so many different types of solutions,” he said, referencing Apple’s new Touch ID sensor as an example. “On the Apple iOS platform, for instance, there are more standardized solutions. But then you are restricted to using the different types of security modes that they want you to use.”

This creates problems for developers when trying to incorporate a security solution that will work over different types of mobile operating systems. That is, unless you are talking about voice biometrics, explained Furnell, which utilize a very important and undervalued part of a mobile device: its microphone.

“Every device by nature has a microphone,” said Furnell. “It’s all you need in terms of implementing a voice biometric solution. There is no need to make allowances for devices that don’t have finger print sensors or cameras for facial recognition. Therefore, it’s much easier than having to worry about forward or rear-facing cameras. It’s also easier to recite a phrase than to remember a 12-digit PIN number. People are generally comfortable about talking.”

It’s this level of comfort that makes VoiceVault’s ViGo, a mobile voice biometric identity verification solution, so enticing.

“ViGo enables people to remember a simple phrase that is easy to say,” he said. “It’s very short and highly accurate. And it’s convenient, too.”

As Furnell went on to explain, VoiceVault is efficient because it is asynchronous. There appears no delay, and no latency to the end user. What’s more, the solution boasts a subsecond response time. And since ViGo is a cloud-based software-as-a-service, there is no infrastructure required on behalf of the company that utilizes it.

“We manage all of the heavy lifting in our data centers,” said Furnell.

Besides usability, VoiceVault’s ViGo is also very easy to deploy. There is no training necessary other than a short enrollment process where end users need to recite phrases three or four times. On top of that, figuring out how to use ViGo is fairly intuitive.

So, why should you invest in VoiceVault? According to Furnell, it’s because the software is designed with developers in mind.

“What VoiceVault has focused on with ViGo is the developer experience,” he said. “It’s really about allowing a company and a developer to quickly incorporate voice biometrics into a new or existing application. From that point of view, we supply a library for two major platforms: iOS, and Android. A developer can add a library to its application and then use very simple calls in order to build in voice biometrics.”

VoiceVault also provides sample code to allow an application to be built within minutes of registering and downloading software. And it supports Xcode, too.

In order to get started, simply register for a ViGo account using a quick online process. Then, use your account details to download our library and our source code. From there, you can build your own sample application. A developer with mobile experience will have no trouble at all setting up a sample application within an hour of starting the registration process.

“The whole process moves very quickly,” explained Furnell. “It takes the pain out of building and worrying about your biometrics solution. You really get everything you need to start with our library and our sample application that comes with the library download.”

There is also an incentive to get started. Upon registering, all developers get a 45-day period with full access to the ViGo’s cloud-based system. This is more than enough time to learn how to make the system run, which will save time, money and more work.

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Looking to Tighten Your BYOD Security? Focus on Securing Your Data

As an IT manager, you have the responsibility to secure company information that end users may download onto their mobile devices. This is one of the most important responsibilities of running a successful bring your own device (BYOD) program. Unfortunately, security is still a major barrier to implementing mobility for many organizations, both public and private. For instance, 73 percent of federal IT executives claim that security is their greatest obstacle to utilizing mobility.

In the past, the majority of IT managers ensured BYOD safety with the use of mobile device management (MDM) software. This software is typically deployed from an on-premises server and distributed to remote end-user devices for monitoring and managing purposes. But MDM software was not designed to secure data, just the devices. Due to the growing threat of mobile malware attacks, which increased by 27.6 percent last year, and the ease with which a mobile device can contract malware, IT managers need to change their approach and focus on protecting sensitive company information instead of end-user devices. Managers need to ask who is accessing company data, where the data is being stored, and what security measures are in place to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to it.

Right now, the best option that IT managers have for protecting mobile endpoints is to store sensitive company information in the cloud and provision it to end users from a remote location. The information should then be protected using multifactor security elements, which can include a combination of features like voice biometric identity verification, passwords and security questions. By taking this approach, if a mobile device is hacked or stolen, an unauthorized user would not be able to gain access to sensitive information. For added security, IT managers can also suspend access to a user account from a cloud-based API.

If you are looking for a smarter, more cost-effective way to secure your mobile end users using cloud technology, consider VoiceVault—a leading provider of voice-based mobile identity verification solutions. For more information about how VoiceVault can provide your company with the latest in voice biometric technology, click here.

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US Named Top Developer of Risky Apps

America has a growing problem related to application security, as evidenced by a new report from Marble Labs.

According to the report, the U.S. was named the top developer of risky apps. In fact, 42 percent of applications deemed to be dangerous stemmed from publishers and developers located on American soil.

Why is application security such a big problem? It can be attributed to a lack of quality control in application hubs like the App Store and Google Play. Many companies that sell applications in these digital storefronts store sensitive information on unsecure third-party servers, which often leave the door wide open for unauthorized third parties to hack in and steal consumer information. While Apple and Google maintain that they regularly scan for security purposes, the fact is that both companies contain applications with malware.

“This [data] came as a surprise to Marble’s analysts, who before examining the data would have bet that most malicious apps originated from publishers in Eastern Europe or Asia,” a spokesperson explained. “While China, Korea, India and Taiwan generate a great number of malicious and risky apps, their combined total doesn’t amount to that of the United States.”

Though troubling, the report could actually be beneficial if it drives development of stronger application security standards in America. Right now, the U.S. has no overarching security mandates apart from those enforced by industry watchdogs like the FIDO alliance. The fact is that there needs to be a stronger method of ensuring that U.S. applications and software solutions are safe for use before they are made available for sale on the open market.

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Majority Of Employees Lack Mobile Security Training

Your business is ahead of the curve in regard to the adoption of enterprise mobility. Employees regularly use mobile devices in your company to log into email, share multimedia files and exchange text, audio and video communication while they are on-the-go. This in turn is creating a more flexible work environment, and thus happier and more productive employees.

But is your company’s mobile policy safe? It may not be.

In a recent study, 88 percent of respondents indicated that they regularly access confidential data over mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Yet only 20 percent of respondents claim to have been offered official mobile security training as to how to access and handle mobile content.

Even more alarming, of the 20 percent that did receive training, 74 percent indicated that it was not effective in reducing the risks they face when accessing content over mobile devices.

So, what are the biggest risks facing mobile users? First, there is the issue of malware. Applications often contain hidden malware that can be used to steal sensitive information, or infect a larger amount of end users. Even more frightening, some new devices have been even discovered to come with pre-installed malware.

Other problematic issues include downloading and using applications that are not approved for use in the enterprise, as well as device theft. For instance, about one in every 10 Americans falls victim to smartphone theft.

What’s the best way to protect your corporation from the dangers of mobility? Even more important than training, you need to invest in mobile identity verification technology that can help keep hackers and unwanted parties out of your databases. By implementing a multifactor authentication policy built around voice biometrics, you can fully embrace mobility while safeguarding against threats like hacks and malware, as well as device and identity theft.

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How Much Does Mobile Security Peace of Mind Really Cost?

Are you on the fence about investing in a mobile identity verification solution for your enterprise? How much does mobile security peace of mind really cost? Consider this: According to research from the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data breach is $3.5 million, an increase of 15 percent from 2013.

As expensive as a data breach can be, however, the real costs extend far beyond those of the initial infraction itself. Consumer trust and loyalty will be affected for years. And due to the prevalence of social media, negative news stories spread further and faster than ever before. Just look at the firestorm that Target went through following its high-profile data breach.

This makes investing in a mobile identity verification solution such as voice biometrics a no-brainer. It makes a lot more sense to pay a small monthly fee instead of the millions of dollars it will take to clean up following a major data heist.

VoiceVault makes it easy to invest in voice-based mobile identity verification solutions. Packages of end-user licenses are typically sold by the bundle to application developers. The software can then be integrated directly into the framework of the application, which means it comes ready to install right out of the box. For instance, a company can purchase 5,000 user licenses and pay only $3.00 per user, per year—that’s only 0.25 cents per month. Large enterprises, for that matter, can purchase more than 50,000 at once. It all comes down to the needs of your company. And the more licenses you purchase through VoiceVault, the less it costs per user, per year.

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Mobile Theft Is on the Rise. Is Your Company Prepared?

Stop and think about what your IT department would do if a mobile device containing sensitive insider information was lost or stolen. Chances are your business could be in serious danger of experiencing a data breach for the following reasons:

  • A lack of reporting: Not every employee will report a lost or stolen device. Despite the fact that these devices often contain restricted data, many employees fail to see the importance of alerting IT personnel when a device goes missing. There is still a big disconnect when it comes to employees and IT departments communicating over BYOD policies.
  • A lack of control: Without a way of controlling data from a central location, there is no way of restricting access to it. So an IT department would be all but powerless to prevent an unauthorized end user from hacking in and stealing the data, or continuing to use the device to hack deeper into the network. Remember that mobile devices contain loads of email and personal addresses, phone numbers and passwords.

Recent research from Kaspersky Lab shows that mobile theft is on the rise, too. In fact, 25 percent of companies have experienced the theft of a mobile device in 2014. This is an 11 percent increase from 2011. And 19 percent of those who were surveyed indicated that the mobile device robbery resulted in the loss of business-related information.

If your business allows employees to obtain corporate data from personal devices, or if it is planning to in the future, make sure you have a mobile identity verification solution for preventing a data breach—and one for stopping the spread of damage should one occur.

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