White Paper: Mobile App Security Assessment and Strategy

  

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Scenario:
A federal agency has asked your cybersecurity
consulting firm to provide it with a white paper that discusses best practices
for security architectures and designs for mobile apps. The white paper should also
present the agency with a strategy for developing an award winning digital government mobile app for its
submission to next years’ Mobi-Gov awards. The agency had several mobile apps
in the “honorable mention” category this past year but, each of the apps failed
to make passing scores in the mobile app security category. The contest rules do not allow revision and
resubmission of entries from prior years. For this reason, your starting point
should be recommendations for a security architecture for a completely new
mobile app.
The scoring for the awards is organized around the
three strategies from the federal government’s digital government strategy (see https://www.whitehouse.gov/‌sites/‌default/‌files/‌omb/‌egov/‌digital-government/digital-government.html
).
1. 
Enable the American people and an increasingly
mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and
services anywhere, anytime, on any device.
2. 
Ensure that as the government adjusts to this
new digital world, we seize the opportunity to procure and manage devices,
applications, and data in smart, secure and affordable ways.
3. 
Unlock the power of government data to spur
innovation across our Nation and improve the quality of services for the
American people.
Research:
1. 
Research the “best” of federal mobile apps to
see examples of the type of apps the agency will be competing against next
year.
a. 
19 of the
Coolest Government Mobile Apps https://www.govloop.com/community/blog/cool-gov-mobile-apps/

b. 
10 Most
Entertaining Government Mobile Apps https://www.govloop.com/community/blog/10-most-entertaining-government-mobile-apps/
c. 
3 Innovative Ways Agencies are Leveraging Mobile
Apps http://fedscoop.com/great-government-mobile-apps

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2. 
Research the federal government’s perspective on
mobile app security architectures and design recommendations. Here are three sources
to help you get started:
a. 
Mobile App
Developers: Start with Security
https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/mobile-app-developers-start-security
b. 
Mobile
Security Reference Architecture
https://cio.gov/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/05/Mobile-Security-Reference-Architecture.pdf

c. 
Architecture
and Design Considerations for Secure Software (Mobile Applications)https://buildsecurityin.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/ArchitectureAndDesign_PocketGuide_v2%200_05182012_PostOnline.pdf

3. 
Research industry recommendations for mobile app
security. Begin with the following sources:
a. 
OWASP Mobile Security Project https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Mobile_Security_Project

b. 
Top 10
Mobile Risks (click on tab) https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Mobile_Security_Project
c. 
Mobile app
security: Always keep the back door locked http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/02/mobile-app-security-always-keep-the-back-door-locked/

4.  Find
five or more best practice recommendations for ensuring the security of mobile
apps. These recommendations must include security for the platform (mobile
device), the data on the device, and the transmission path between the device
and the mobile application server.
Write:
Write a five (5) to eight
(8) page white paper in which you summarize your research and present your
“best practices” based strategy for developing an award winning, secure mobile
app. You should focus upon clarity and conciseness more than length when
determining what content to include in your paper. At a minimum, your white
paper must include the following:
1.  An
overview that contains an abstract and
introduction of mobile apps for digital government. Your overview should
include examples of mobile apps which are recognized as being innovative and
“best of category” for delivering government information and services to mobile
devices. This overview should be suitable for an executive audience.
2.  A
separate section in which you discuss the federal government’s requirements and
recommendations for mobile app security architectures and the associated design
recommendations. This section should be written for non-technical managers; you
will need to translate from tech-speak to manager-speak. Diagrams and pictures
may be useful but, remember to include the appropriate in-text citations for
the source (append to the figure caption).
3.  A
separate section in which you discuss industry’s recommendations for security
architectures and risk reduction for mobile app security.
4. 
A section in which you present 5 or more best practice recommendations for
building security into the new mobile app which will become next year’s entry
into the Mobi-Gov awards contest. These recommendations should be presented as
your “strategy” for “winning” the security evaluation category for mobile apps.Additional Information
1.  Your
white paper should use standard terms and definitions for cybersecurity
concepts. The following sources are recommended:
a.  NICCS
Glossary http://niccs.us-cert.gov/glossary

b.  Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public
Cloud Computing http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-144/SP800-144.pdf

2.  You
are expected to credit your sources using in-text citations and reference list
entries. Both your citations and your reference list entries must comply with
APA 6th edition Style requirements.
3.  Use
APA 6th edition style (formatting) for the organization and
appearance of the MS Word document that you submit to your assignment folder. This
includes margins, section headings, and consistent use of fonts (Times New
Roman 12 in black), paragraph styles (first line indent by ½ inch), and line
spacing (double). Formatting requirements and examples are found under Course Resources
> APA Resources. Your file should contain both a title page and a separate
References page. Use page breaks to ensure that the title page and references
page are separate from the body of the paper.
4.  You
are expected to write grammatically correct English in every assignment that
you submit for grading. Do not turn in any work without (a) using spell check,
(b) using grammar check, (c) verifying that your punctuation is correct and (d)
reviewing your work for correct word usage and correctly structured sentences
and paragraphs. These items are graded under Professionalism and constitute 15%
of the assignment grade.
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Paper #2: Mobile App Security Assessment & Strategy
Scenario:
A federal agency has asked your cybersecurity consulting firm to provide it with a white paper
that discusses best practices for security architectures and designs for mobile apps. The white paper
should also present the agency with a strategy for developing an award winning digital government
mobile app for its submission to next years’ Mobi-Gov awards. The agency had several mobile apps in
the “honorable mention” category this past year but, each of the apps failed to make passing scores in
the mobile app security category. The contest rules do not allow revision and resubmission of entries
from prior years. For this reason, your starting point should be recommendations for a security
architecture for a completely new mobile app.
The scoring for the awards is organized around the three strategies from the federal
government’s digital government strategy (see https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/
egov/digital-government/digital-government.html ).
1. Enable the American people and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital
government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.
2. Ensure that as the government adjusts to this new digital world, we seize the opportunity to
procure and manage devices, applications, and data in smart, secure and affordable ways.
3. Unlock the power of government data to spur innovation across our Nation and improve the
quality of services for the American people.
Research:
1. Research the “best” of federal mobile apps to see examples of the type of apps the agency will be
competing against next year.
a. 19 of the Coolest Government Mobile Apps

19 of the Coolest Government Mobile Apps


b. 10 Most Entertaining Government Mobile Apps
https://www.govloop.com/community/blog/10-most-entertaining-government-mobileapps/
c. 3 Innovative Ways Agencies are Leveraging Mobile Apps http://fedscoop.com/greatgovernment-mobile-apps
2. Research the federal government’s perspective on mobile app security architectures and design
recommendations. Here are three sources to help you get started:
a. Mobile App Developers: Start with Security
https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/mobile-app-developersstart-security
b. Mobile Security Reference Architecture
https://cio.gov/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/05/Mobile-Security-ReferenceArchitecture.pdf
c. Architecture and Design Considerations for Secure Software (Mobile Applications)
https://buildsecurityin.uscert.gov/sites/default/files/ArchitectureAndDesign_PocketGuide_v2%200_05182012_P
ostOnline.pdf
3. Research industry recommendations for mobile app security. Begin with the following sources:
a. OWASP Mobile Security Project
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Mobile_Security_Project
b. Top 10 Mobile Risks (click on tab)
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Mobile_Security_Project
c. Mobile app security: Always keep the back door locked
http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/02/mobile-app-security-always-keep-the-backdoor-locked/
4. Find five or more best practice recommendations for ensuring the security of mobile apps. These
recommendations must include security for the platform (mobile device), the data on the device,
and the transmission path between the device and the mobile application server.
Write:
Write a five (5) to eight (8) page white paper in which you summarize your research and present
your “best practices” based strategy for developing an award winning, secure mobile app. You should
focus upon clarity and conciseness more than length when determining what content to include in your
paper. At a minimum, your white paper must include the following:
1. An overview that contains an abstract and introduction of mobile apps for digital government. Your
overview should include examples of mobile apps which are recognized as being innovative and
“best of category” for delivering government information and services to mobile devices. This
overview should be suitable for an executive audience.
2. A separate section in which you discuss the federal government’s requirements and
recommendations for mobile app security architectures and the associated design
recommendations. This section should be written for non-technical managers; you will need to
translate from tech-speak to manager-speak. Diagrams and pictures may be useful but, remember
to include the appropriate in-text citations for the source (append to the figure caption).
3. A separate section in which you discuss industry’s recommendations for security architectures and
risk reduction for mobile app security.
4. A section in which you present 5 or more best practice recommendations for building security into
the new mobile app which will become next year’s entry into the Mobi-Gov awards contest. These
recommendations should be presented as your “strategy” for “winning” the security evaluation
category for mobile apps.
Submit For Grading
1. Submit your white paper in MS Word format (.docx or .doc file) using the OPEN Data Assignment in
your assignment folder. (Attach the file.)
2. You must also submit your white paper to TurnItIn before the due date for this assignment.
Additional Information
1. Your white paper should use standard terms and definitions for cybersecurity concepts. The
following sources are recommended:
a. NICCS Glossary http://niccs.us-cert.gov/glossary
b. Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing
http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-144/SP800-144.pdf
2. You are expected to credit your sources using in-text citations and reference list entries. Both your
citations and your reference list entries must comply with APA 6th edition Style requirements.
3. Use APA 6th edition style (formatting) for the organization and appearance of the MS Word
document that you submit to your assignment folder. This includes margins, section headings, and
consistent use of fonts (Times New Roman 12 in black), paragraph styles (first line indent by ½ inch),
and line spacing (double). Formatting requirements and examples are found under Course
Resources > APA Resources. Your file should contain both a title page and a separate References
page. Use page breaks to ensure that the title page and references page are separate from the body
of the paper.
4. You are expected to write grammatically correct English in every assignment that you submit for
grading. Do not turn in any work without (a) using spell check, (b) using grammar check, (c) verifying
that your punctuation is correct and (d) reviewing your work for correct word usage and correctly
structured sentences and paragraphs. These items are graded under Professionalism and constitute
15% of the assignment grade.

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