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NIST Updating Recommendations for Mobile App Security

July 23, 2018 / Sean Michael Kerner

Security experts provide insight on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revised guidance for how organizations can better secure mobile applications. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now working on updating its recommendations for how organizations and developers can keep mobile applications secure. The updated recommendations are being made to the Special Publication (SP) 800-163, Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications document that was initially released back in January 2015. The 50-page draft revision, includes additional clarity and details on how to minimize mobile app risks. "Mobile technology changes quickly, and our publication needs to move fast to keep up," computer scientist Michael Ogata, one of the draft's coauthors, wrote in a statement. "Security specialists in both the private sector and government have been working to improve app vetting, and this update reflects their efforts."