Ethnos, a leading player in cybersecurity and compliance management, has officially launched Aquilla, a cutting-edge mobile security software. Aimed at providing top-tier security solutions, Aquilla is designed for businesses offering products and services through mobile applications.
Speaking at the Pan African University TEDx event hosted at the prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS), Goodness Okpani, Ethnos' Chief Technology Officer, emphasised the critical role of trust in every relationship. He acknowledged the growing adoption of mobile applications across various sectors but highlighted the increasing vulnerability to cyber threats.
Okpani cited a recent incident involving a leading Nigerian fintech company that fell victim to hackers creating a clone of their mobile application, resulting in substantial financial losses amounting to millions of dollars. This highlighted not only the financial implications but also the erosion of customer trust.
In response to these challenges, Ethnos developed Aquilla, an artificial intelligence-driven solution. Okpani said Aquilla does three major things. “First, Aquilla scans mobile applications for over 400,000 vulnerabilities and is able to identify, at any point in time, the security posture of your mobile app to determine whether it is vulnerable or not.
Secondly, Aquilla helps to protect mobile applications such as reverse engineering and the installation of your mobile application on rooted devices. Most importantly, Aquilla helps to prevent a rogue mobile application claiming to be yours from being hosted on an external server separate from where your original app is hosted.
Thirdly, Aquila also helps to provide real-time data analytics about how your consumers are using your applications; this can help to prevent suspicious activities and shield the customers from potential loss.”
In a conversation with Techpoint Africa, Olamide Ajayi, Ethnos' Engineering Lead, summarised Aquilla's three key features previously discussed by Okpani, which are scan, protect, and monitor.
He said the scanning feature identifies vulnerabilities, recommends fixes, and assesses the business impact of those vulnerabilities. The protect feature includes anti-debug, anti-emulator, anti-screenshot, prevents copy and paste, SSL certificate pinning, and more, ensuring comprehensive protection. The monitoring aspect provides business intelligence by revealing user behaviour and geographical data and aiding in fraud detection and prevention.
Ajayi emphasised that while Aquilla directly benefits businesses and software developers by saving costs and time, its ultimate impact is on end-users by enhancing their safety. Importantly, Aquilla aligns with data protection regulations, ensuring compliance with GDPR and Nigerian Data Protection Regulation provisions.
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Okpani urged business owners, particularly in the fintech sector, to leverage Aquilla to reinforce the security of their mobile applications. Currently offered for free, Aquilla presents an opportunity for businesses to proactively secure their digital platforms.