5 Security Holes In Sharepoint Mobile App That Businesses Can’t Brush Aside

It’s universally known that igital devices are making inroads into the enterprises.

Even more and more enterprises are going BYOD way to increase productivity and engagement with mobile workforce. The gains of after work hours to enterprise with BYOD way also bringing the pain of a raft of security concerns.

Yes, the mobile devices that has blurred the line of home and office has become the next center point of phishing, hacking, identity-theft, and data duplication as users add, edit and share the document just the way they are doing on desktop.

SharePoint mobile application development

Especially, mobile devices with SharePoint access are more prone to the security threats because it paves a way for hackers to gain an access to enterprise network.

The enterprise data is highly crucial whose privacy and integrity has to be maintained. To ensure SharePoint mobile application remain robust and secured, here are the five key points that you should give a thought to.

1) The device is lost

OOPs! Bad luck, the device has stolen or lost and alongside all the data stored on it has gone. But, adding passcode can help. You might be thinking cracking password is not a big deal.

Definitely it’s correct, but when all the data that SharePoint mobile have is auto-wiped if login fails pre-defined number of times, then the data can be saved.

Besides, mobile device management enable administrator to remotely erase all the content that SharePoint mobile application have in a matter of seconds, when administrator get the device theft/lost info.

2) Restricted access

Certainly, a mobile app is developed for enterprise employees doesn’t mean every employee possess the right to access all the enterprise data. There is a granular management of SharePoint access where administrator provides information control at user or group level, which reduces the risk of unauthorized access to any confidential file or documents.

3) Malicious app attack

Malware are so common that no one needs introduction to. These malicious apps try to track the data from the application and finally hack to its entirety. It’s essential to encrypt the data right from the app development that cannot be disabled by the app users. Plus, screen capture ability should not be overlooked because when user changes the app, the malicious apps can capture the data from the device screen. So, it’s good to keep the screen blank.

4) Jail-broken/rooted devices

Jail-broken or rooted devices are the devices where users remove the software restrictions or unlock the operating system. Such devices can install even those apps that are unauthorized by Android or Apple. If jail-broken/rooted devices are used by the employees, then this can be a security threat to the enterprise info because the unauthorized app presence can introduce malware in the system.

Here, MDM solution can help by identifying and blocking such devices to run the SharePoint application.

5) Sensitive data sharing

To restrict employees to share the confidential documents, the administrator can disable the ability to send documents with outsiders.Along with emailing, administrator can prevent users to print and open other documents to keep the security tightly controlled.


The use of SharePoint mobile applications are great to use to improve productivity, flexibility and employee engagement. Although the apps are vulnerable, but practicing apt method during app development and maintenance would help enterprises to get scalable and secured application.

Are you planning for SharePoint mobile application development? Or, already have SharePoint mobile app? If yes, do keep the above facts in mind to let you enterprise app work fairly.

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