Back in June, Apple announced that as of Jan. 1, 2017, it will no longer allow updates for apps unless they use the App Transport Security (ATS) encryption standard to encrypt all communications. With just a couple of weeks to go, mobile app management firm Appthority says that only 3 percent of the apps used in enterprise environments meet the requirement. “As of today, there is still a lot of ground to cover,” said Robbie Forkish, Appthority’s vice president of engineering.
Apple will allow mobile development firms to get an exception to the rule in some cases, but they must have a documented reason for the exception. Experts say that adding ATS encryption isn’t that difficult, but it does take a bit of time.