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Securing No-Code/Low-Code Apps - 6 Helpful Tips

no code low code security tipsTL;DR Choose the most secure no-code/low-code platform, offer better security training, and mentor non-professional developers to keep your business or enterprise secure.

No-code/low-code apps are becoming an increasingly important part of any business’s computing infrastructure. They allow business experts and non-programmers to develop powerful enterprise-strength applications.

That’s all to the good. But it also means that people who don’t have backgrounds in baking security into their apps will be writing important code. If you’re worried how to make sure that no-code/low-code apps are as secure as possible, though, there are plenty of things you can do.

Tips for Better No-Code and Low-Code App Security 

Some of the best advice I’ve seen comes from the article, “5 ways to make your low-code development more resilient.” Here’s a brief summary of its recommendations.

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Security Tip #1: Make sure your security training takes non-professional developers into account

Non-professional developers typically haven’t taken a course in secure app development, and have no hands-on experience with it, either. So any person in a business who builds apps, including citizen developers using no-code app builders, should get security training. In addition, “security champions,” who are experts in security, need to work alongside people who write applications, even if those people are business users, not professional developers.

Security Tip #2: Understand any security shortcomings of your no-code/low-code platform

The article warns, “Because low-code development typically consists of picking components from a limited menu of software components created by the platform provider, or a third party, low-code creators can typically rely on the security measures enforced by the platform.” So you should make sure that you understand the security limitations before you get started, and then reinforce them so apps will be secure.

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Security Tip #3: Research a platform’s security capabilities before buying

The article notes, “While low-code platforms assume much of the software risk, companies need to be aware of the options for each platform to understand the potential attack surface area.”

Doing that will help you better decide which platform to buy. Stay away from any that don’t offer the best security possible.

Security Tip #4: Use the platform’s security tools

Knowing a platform’s security capabilities is one thing; actually using them is another. Make sure that every security capability built into the platform is used for every application written with it.

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Security Tip #5: Plan, plan and plan again

The article recommends, “In the end, companies need to include security in their broader planning. For low-code platforms, that means incorporating application-security testing and reporting into the development and management of low-code applications.”

Security Tip #6: Mentor Citizen Developers

There's one other recommendation as well --- find a way to get professional developers to mentor non-developers on best security practices.

At Alpha Software, we offer no-code and low-code software with built-in security.  Try building secure apps for free with our low-code app builder. The software has a built-in Security Quick Setup Genie with the ability to set up two-factor authentication.
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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.