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Provide Security for Mobile and Web Applications with Alpha Anywhere

It is well known that one of the key criteria that people are looking for when selecting a platform for mobile and web development is security. Providing data security in mobile and web applications is a requirement for any business. While enterprise level security is a top requirement, app developers may not think about securing mobile apps until the end of development. Development platforms that include a built-in security framework can make it easier to integrate security into mobile apps.


In the following article we outline how Alpha Anywhere has baked security into its development and deployment environment and why it is one of the important differentiators when comparing Alpha Anywhere to other options.

When it comes to security. Alpha Anywhere has you covered with authentication, authorization, encryption and device management - giving you enterprise-class data protection and complete administrative control while still providing an excellent user experience.

Mobile and Web App Login Authentication

On the authentication side - Alpha has a full role-based integrated authentication system woven directly into the product - with controls over password strengths, expirations,
and other policies. And  Alpha's Integrated Authentication can be used with LDAP, OAuth, and Microsoft's Active Directory, allowing for single sign on - so your users won't need to remember multiple passwords or keep logging in as they move from system to system. And to assure your data stays safe on route, Alpha Supports SSL encryption and HMAC message authentication code standards - Plus Alpha Software remains vigilant in alerting our partners and providing security updates as new threats and vulnerabilities in these standards are uncovered.

Device Level Data Encryption and Wiping

At the device level, data can be encrypted before it's stored, and with Apperian integration, an IT department can disable an application and remove it's sensitive
data when a mobile device is lost or stolen - or when an employee leaves the company and takes their device with them.

Secure Data Authorization

On the authorization side - all incoming server requests are first pass through the Alpha Security framework - which, after authenticating the user's identity, checks to see if the authenticated user has permission to see the data they are requesting. If the user is either unauthenticated or unauthorized the server will either ignore the request or send back just the data that the authenticated user is allowed to see.

Permissions and Restrictions

With Alpha Anywhere, you have complete control as to which groups of users can see particular, screens, forms, menus and reports. You can even assign permissions
to individual fields - so an employee directory could hide, for example, an employee's social security number unless the authenticated user was a member of the HR group who needed to see that information.

And Alpha Anywhere automatically restricts new pages, reports, and components, as a safeguard to protect developers from accidentally leaking sensitive data as your application changes or grows.

Support for Security Standards

So, whether your application needs to be compliant with HIPPA, PCI, the ISO 27K Family of standards or virtually any other ISMS - you'll find it's all supported by Alpha Anywhere.

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Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.