This week there has been news on problems with high profile mobile apps for politics and aviation.
Iowa has already won the worst IT rollout award of 2020: Rap for crap caucus app chaps in vote zap flap
Untested tech, no training, last-minute rollout, buggy code – sound familiar?
‘We Feel Really Terrible,’ Says CEO Whose App Roiled Iowa Caucus
The chief executive of the technology company whose app threw the Iowa caucuses into disarray Monday night defended his company but apologized for a technological glitch that angered candidates, left voters baffled and upended the opening act of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
After reading those articles, it looks like it was the usual in the IT industry: incompetent programmers and management. Bugs in the app. Insufficient training and testing for the users for the login process. Test our code? Why, it works… Due always tight dead-line we’re going straight to production.
Maybe they should habe used DevSecOps or other process that slightly reduces the possibility of complete failure on launch day.
Also most airports seem to have many potentially serious problems with their mobile apps and web sites. But fortunately Finland was one of few that did OK.
“100 percent of the mobile apps contain at least two vulnerabilities.”
Only three of the Top 100 international airports pass basic (cyber) security checks
The three are the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, the Helsinki Vantaa Airport in Finland, and the Dublin International Airport in Ireland.
Tests involved scanning public websites, mobile apps, and exposures of sensitive airport data on public code repositories and the dark web.
According to ImmuniWeb, these three “may serve a laudable example not just to the aviation industry but to all other industries as well.”
Cybersecurity lacking at most of the world’s major airports
When it comes to cybersecurity Amsterdam, Helsinki and Dublin were ranked the three safest airports by Immuniweb, but overall these facilities fared poorly when it came to protecting their websites, mobile platforms and systems. The study found 97 of the world’s 100 largest airports have have security risks related to vulnerable web and mobile applications, misconfigured public cloud, dark web exposure or code repositories leaks.