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#BSidesBDX Keynote: The Phantom Menace

November 3, 2018

Join us for my keynote at BSidesBDX!

Book your seat today – and get a copy of “La face cachée d’Internet”, signed by yours truly 🙂

Mobile apps are everywhere, and the app economy is thriving. Infosec professionals, however, still shy away from their analysis. Thus, we end up with ill-secured apps abusing permissions, data leaks and an increased attack surface for IoTs.

Then, we blame developers. Of course, it’s their fault… isn’t it? Yes, it is, at least to a significant part. Developers reuse known frameworks for apps with a diverse range of purposes, thus forcing an inadequate level of security on sensitive use cases. They also mobilise numerous SDKs which are the obvious, off-the-shelf component everyone uses to decrease costs and ease maintenance. Even more importantly, SDKs are what enables monetisation.

Everyone can use SDKs—malevolent actors do so, too, hiding therein whatever they wish to make money off you and your users. And with easily duplicable app frameworks comes the risk of seeing your app counterfeited and your app-generated revenue, diverted. Those risks and the risk management culture change organisations need to implement is what I have dubbed, the ‘phantom menace’. We will, therefore, discuss the threats SDKs and counterfeited apps bear, and how to address them.

Book your seat today – and get a copy of “La face cachée d’Internet”, signed by yours truly 🙂


November 3, 2018
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infosec, IoT, mobile app


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