Arxan brings app protection tech to Android
Arxan Technologies has launched Arxan for Android, the first cybersecurity solution to leverage Google for Android-supported development language Kotlin to secure Android apps, reports David Penn at Finovate.
The technology defends Android apps written in either Kotlin or Java from reverse engineering and tampering, which helps guard businesses against the kind of brand destruction, financial loss, and theft wrought by cybercrime.
VP of product management Rusty Carter credits the technology for not only providing full support for Kotlin, but also for the way it manipulated key aspects of Android to maximise security. “This capability minimises impact on development resources from the first build on through every follow-on release,” Carter says. “As the application threat landscape continues to intensify, we are continuing to expand our capabilities to help protect customer applications for Android, including those developed using Kotlin.”
Developed by the JetBrains programming team out of St. Petersburg, Russia (along with open source contributors), Kotlin first appeared in 2011 and made its stable release late in April 2018. The programming language is an industrial-strength, object-oriented programming language that is designed to be fully interoperable with – and able to facilitate a migration to – Java.
Arxan for Android features:
- APK-based, post-build protection that does not require source codes changes and minimises impact on the software development lifecycle;
- Java and Kotlin support to secure the widest possible range of Android apps;
- easy-to-use JSON-based configuration for quick implementation and faster time-to-market;
- enterprise-level platform support and training.
Founded in 2001 and based in Maryland, US, Arxan Technologies’ solutions defend mobile apps from hacking and malware with its patented “guarding” technology that is embedded directly into the app. This turns ordinary apps into self-defending, tamper-proof apps that can resist cyberattacks that use techniques such as code tampering and reverse engineering.
Arxan’s technology is deployed on more than 250 million devices by Fortune 500 corporations in financial services, retail, healthcare, as well as in other industries. Earlier this year, the company launched a new app security monitoring and analysis service, Arxan Threat Analytics, that enables businesses to learn about cyberattacks while the attacks are underway and to provide countermeasures before the attack is completed or becomes widespread.
The company had raised more than $28 million in funding before it was acquired by TA Associates in 2013 for $132 million. Joe Sander is CEO.