Mobile App Security:  A Framework for Analysis Applied to 8 Applications

Mobile App Security: A Framework for Analysis Applied to 8 Applications

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This paper explains the industry security standards for mobile payment and security applications in simple, user-friendly terms and then analyzes 8 popular applications.  The analysis includes VeriFone’s Verishield Total Protect, Bump, FaceCash, the Starbucks mobile app, Square, as well as McAfee Enterprise Mobility Management and VirusScan Mobile, Norton Mobile Security, and Lookout Mobile Security. 

The paper reviews each payment application’s security system as well as what each security application protects against.  The paper identifies strengths and weaknesses of each application as well as an assessment of the effectiveness of the application by author Blattaria Ltd.  The analysis is not meant to be comprehensive, as new systems are being launched and updated all the time, but rather to serve as examples for the reader to ask similar questions about any system of interest. 

The analysis also includes an overview of PCI and PA-DSS security standards, including what types of companies are responsible for implementing each security requirement and when the requirements apply for mobile applications.  


Author Information

Blattaria Ltd. is a consulting firm with branches involved in finance, technology, security and art markets. Headquartered in London, Blattaria also has branch offices in Warsaw and Jerusalem. Founded by a financial historian and a computer security expert, Blattaria advises firms with regards to optimal structuring of assets, issues within the global art markets, electronic preservation, outsourced due diligence, computer and physical security audits and training, as well as content creation.  Blattaria Ltd. can be contacted at

Length: 11 pages

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