Conference archive


Friday, April 28, 2017 - 3:15pm to 4:00pm

Rooting Your Devices to Test Outside the Box

Add to calendar

The mobile landscape has changed how companies think of information technology. However, many organizations have failed to make the most of the mobile testing tools available. Alan Crouch explores how rooting your devices can help you break past your mobile testing block and allow you to test in more exciting, creative, and different ways. Rooting, or jail-breaking as it is called in the iOS world, is the process of allowing users of smartphones, tablets, and other devices to attain privileged control—or root access—over various subsystems. Rooting is often performed with the goal of overcoming limitations that carriers and hardware manufacturers put on some devices. And it should be a critical part of your testing strategy. How do you simulate interrupts and system faults? Access back end practices? Quickly modify your location without moving an inch? Create application test data directly on a mobile device? Alan shares how you can use rooting to answer these daunting questions and broaden your testing techniques to increase mobile application quality. He discusses the secrets of breaking through red tape to build a culture of experimentation—without fear of the unknown. Join Alan to discover how to leverage rooting and your mobile technology experiences to improve software and accelerate your career.

Alan Couch

Alan Crouch is a director of mobile testing with Coveros, Inc., which helps companies build better applications using agile, DevOps, and security best practices. Alan works with C-level and senior management at private companies and federal agencies to transform and adopt a more “mobile-first” approach to information technology. Alan has worked with Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and Health and Human Services; Symantec; and mobile start-ups to build and test Android, iOS, and responsive web applications. His passion is the intersection of mobile testing and information security. Spare time finds Alan traveling the globe and creating adventures for his son and daughter. Follow Alan on Twitter @RealAlanCrouch or on LinkedIn.