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Web-based attacks have become routine for any organization with an internet presence. Modern implementations also support mobile applications, and offer full function support optimized for the mobile environment.
True support of mobile platforms includes its own complications. iOS devices include a well-defined security architecture, which may evolve with device and iOS releases. Generally, systems that do not follow this security architecture would not operate correctly under the official iOS releases. Unfortunately, attackers use alternate devices, such devices that have been jailbroken, and iOS emulators which do not follow the rules expected in iOS, but may still operate, running supported applications yet bypassing security controls. iOS penetration testing helps identify and address vulnerabilities in the code, configuration, or deployment of the application that can be exploited by attackers to gain unauthorized access to sensitive information or perform harmful actions on the device. This can help ensure the security of the application and protect against potential breaches. Additionally, such testing may be required to get your app published on the App Store.
Evolve Security’s iOS penetration testing is designed to help you proactively manage these risks. Evolve Security provides information to help you identify, prioritize, remediate, manage, and report on the internal application vulnerabilities. Since the web and your supporting applications are very dynamic, Evolve Security is committed using our Darwin Attack® portal to enable near real-time communications, providing you with results as the test progresses. And these results are not just jargon laden content, but meaningful details about the identified vulnerabilities, potential consequences, and recommended remediations.
This active collaboration means you can start prioritization and remediation immediately, making the best use of the actionable information associated with the identified vulnerabilities. Evolve Security ensures you have details that enable you to conduct proactive remediation, reducing the exploitable vulnerabilities in your environment, enhancing your control and security, improving compliance, and reducing risk.
Penetration testing mobile applications follows many of the same rules and processes as other penetration tests, including automated scanning, manual tests, and dynamic testing. This can also include application security architecture review, as well as evaluation, development, and training of your software development lifecycle. Our iOS testing focuses on all aspects of iOS implementations, including the OWASP Mobile Top 10. Additionally, iOS penetration testing is unique in several ways:
- Closed architecture: Unlike other mobile operating systems, iOS has a closed architecture which makes it difficult to access the underlying system and perform testing. Specialized tools and knowledge are required to perform iOS penetration testing effectively.
- Security features: iOS devices have several built-in security features such as encryption, sandboxing and code signing that may need to be bypassed during testing.
- Application testing: iOS apps are tested in a different way than on other mobile platforms, due to the closed nature of the iOS ecosystem and the need for a developer account to test apps.
- Object-C & Swift: iOS developers mostly use Object-C and Swift as their primary language for app development, which is different from other mobile platforms. As a result, the skills and tools required for iOS app testing are also different.
Overall, iOS penetration testing requires specialized knowledge, tools, and techniques to effectively identify and address vulnerabilities in iOS devices and applications. Evolve Security’s iOS penetration testing solutions include the exact set of services that are most appropriate for your business needs. These services always focus on providing you with actionable information you can use to make proactive steps to improve the security of your applications, and better meet your business needs.
IOS and other application penetration tests from most vendors are often “tool-based”, and rely on the tool set being used. There is value in focusing on automated solutions, since it allows vendors to make their offerings efficient – potentially to find more results for less resources. Results are most often followed by an internal reporting process that requires development and review time before the report is formatted for delivery. On the other end of the spectrum, automated reports may be fast, but they can miss context. Additionally, not all tools excel at testing iOS implementations
Evolve Security is dedicated to making the entire penetration test process efficient and effective, not just the test. During iOS penetration testing, our security professionals enter findings, such as identified vulnerabilities and potentially exploitable systems, directly into our Darwin Attack® portal. We update the portal in a near-real-time basis, not at the end of the test. We also have a team of security professionals who maintain and enter related cybersecurity data into Darwin Attack® in a regular, ongoing manner. This includes details like detailed remediation recommendations. Providing you access to the same portal used by our testers and security professionals helps maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your entire testing, remediation, and management process. The fact that our security professionals update test results in the portal means they spend less time writing report, and more time doing validation and follow-on testing, giving you more accurate results.
Our iOS penetration testing services update as cybersecurity threats evolve
Penetration tests are key components of your enterprise security program. Commodity services have a place in the market, but are not going to offer you the type of service, details, and effectiveness that you need to identify security problems in your environment, then maximizes your opportunity to fix them in a proactive manner, before a hostile attacker or cybercriminal has the chance to take advantage of them.
Evolve Security combines three important elements to offer the best penetration test services:
- Best of breed toolsets that are regularly evaluated, replaced, and updated to maintain not only the best tools, but most appropriate tools for your specific services,
- Experienced security experts with broad ranges of technical experience to help ensure we can provide the most effective service,
- The Darwin Attack® portal, which enables efficient, timely communications and collaborations, and supports your management and reporting needs.