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How to Make Low-Code App Development Low Risk

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I’ve often written that low-code and no-code app development is taking the business world by storm, whether it be large enterprises, medium-sized businesses, or small mom-and-pop operations. In fact, in one of my recent blog posts, I’ve pointed out 2021 is expected to be the year of low-code.

Forrester low codeThat doesn’t mean that all is free sailing for the platforms, or that there aren’t potential problems with them. A Forrester survey found that enterprises are a bit leery of them because of possible security problems. Fifty-nine percent of respondents to the survey said security issues was the most pressing challenge in adopting the platforms.

It needn’t be that way. There’s plenty you can do to make sure your no-code/low-code apps are safe, according to the article “4 security concerns for low-code and no-code development.”

How to Make Low-Code App Development Secure

One fear enterprises have, the article notes, is that the platforms allow staff and citizen developers to build apps without IT input. Enterprises may worry that could mean an end run around proper security.

Gartner low codeThere are multiple solutions for this. One is to make sure your no-code/low-code platform includes security built right into it. Another is to move low-code development to the cloud, according to Gartner analyst Jason Wong. By doing that, he says, "there is more ability to apply governance to access, and have rules-based permissions."

How to Keep Data Safe

Another issue is whether no-code/low-code platforms can keep data safe. There needs to be some way, Wong says, to make sure businesses can restrict the data being shared, and control how it can be used. He says that can be easily done: “You can set up a sandbox where the users can build whatever they want but can't access mission-critical data. If they need access to anything else, that could be a request to the business and to IT: 'Hey, I work in HR, but I really need this piece of customer data for my app.' Then you could get approval, and maybe only have read-only access to that data."

low code securityThe Importance of App Testing

Yet one other security problem, the article says, is that inexperienced developers could use no-code/low-code platforms and undermine enterprise security, for example, create an app that accidentally “allows one user to see data belonging to another, or that posts sensitive information to a public location that could cause significant problems for a company.”

The answer, according to Charles Henderson, head of the X-Force Red cybersecurity group at IBM, is that enterprises should apply the same level of security testing to the apps built by the platforms that they do to their traditionally developed software.

He puts it this way: “Security testing programs reach far and wide. Most enterprise firms have pretty well thought out security testing programs at this point, and often use outside firms to do the testing. But the low-code apps, often they don't get caught up in the same security testing that other applications would be subject to. Security folks need to take the lessons they gave to in-house developers and teach them all over again to end-users who might be using low code platforms."

Choose a no-code/low-code platform with built-in enterprise security

best low code software platformAbove all, you should choose a no-code/low-code platform with enterprise-level security built directly into it. Alpha Software does exactly that. It offers mobile and web app login authentication, device-level data encrypting and wiping, secure data authorization, permissions and restrictions, support for security standards and more. Start building apps for free with Alpha Software low-code software.

Further Reading on Low-Code:
Read about The Benefits of Low-Code SoftwareThe Pros and Cons of Low Code Development or Expert Tips to Get Started with Low Code

And if you are concerned about low code security, you might be interested in How to Make Low Code Secure or An Analysis of Low Code Development Security Compliance.

Further Reading on No-Code:
If you aren't able to code, perhaps a no-code app builder is a better fit for your needs. Learn about the Benefits of No-Code App Builders.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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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.