Low-Code Application Platform

Paola Miranda - May 6, 2024

What is a low-code application platform?

In many organizations, an increasing number of non-programmers need access to applications that ordinarily would require a programmer’s expertise. As a result, solutions have emerged to enable software development while minimizing the need for traditional coding: low-code application platforms (LCAPs).

The low-code application platform democratizes software creation, using a range of low-code and no-code tools so developers from different skill levels can build software applications for business needs. In this post, we’ll examine the low-code application platform, consider its benefits and limitations, and look specifically at the role it can play in cybersecurity.

Understanding application platforms to build low-code applications

Low-code application platforms are revolutionizing the way many businesses develop software. Essentially, these platforms are designed to make custom application development simple and achievable for those with limited technical know-how. Often, low-code platforms use a range of modern development tools from low-code to no-code, like visual interfaces and drag-and-drop tools to facilitate the development process. The result is greater ease and speed in designing, building, and deploying a software application — and all of this happens without necessarily expending engineering resources.

At this point, we should clarify the distinction between low-code development tools and no-code development tools. No-code development tools rely entirely on the visual interface, enabling users to build applications without writing any code at all.

In contrast,  low-code development tools provide users with the ability to edit code when necessary. Most (or all) of the code can be generated through the visual tools of a low-code platform, but users have the flexibility to manipulate code when they need to satisfy more complex application requirements.

Low-code platforms offer more flexibility while still retaining a level of simplicity to keep it usable by non-engineers.

Because of the flexibility and accessibility afforded by low-code platforms, businesses can create the tools and solutions they need to meet internal operational needs, extend existing tools, and respond to ever-changing market needs.

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Benefits of low-code application platforms

Low-code development platforms present several advantages for the modern enterprise, including:

  • Accelerating delivery: Empowering businesses to create technical solutions that are highly customizable and tailored to meet their unique needs while reducing development time.
  • Empowering non-developers: Making it possible for individuals with little to no coding expertise to build custom solutions that meet business needs, significantly reducing the burden on engineering resources.
  • Providing cost-effective solutions: Enabling businesses to enjoy substantial savings by minimizing the time and resources necessary for developing useful tools. These cost savings are further amplified when organizations leverage automation — often offered by low-code platforms — to handle various tasks and processes.
  • Tool consolidation: Allowing businesses to build custom tools within their existing security tech stack minimizes the need to adopt entirely new tools, thereby preventing tool sprawl.

Limitations of low-code and low-code application platforms

Although low-code development platforms bring tremendous benefits, they also come with challenges that you should be aware of.

  • Balancing simplicity and customization: Even with the level of customization low-code application development platforms offer, they cannot match the customizability of advanced and fully coded software applications. This trade-off for simplicity and accessibility is often worthwhile for most organizations and use cases. However, unique needs requiring complex solutions might necessitate full-fledged, traditional software development.
  • Understanding and prioritizing use cases: The convenience of low-code application development platforms makes it tempting to build tools ad hoc, without strategic focus. This can lead to misappropriated resources. Organizations must think strategically about the use cases for which they want to build custom tools and then prioritize those use cases accordingly.
  • Scalability concerns: Solutions built from these platforms are not necessarily equipped to scale as your business grows. This can bring additional challenges down the road, requiring retooling or a fresh start at designing your application solutions.
  • Security implications: Because these platforms abstract away complexities so non-engineers can build applications simply, they may not emphasize a security-first approach to development. When it comes to robust application security (such as using role-based access control) or compliance with data privacy and protection regulations, applications built through a low-code development platform that is not purpose-built for cybersecurity may not meet your organization’s standards and guidelines.

With these benefits and limitations in mind, let’s consider the power of low-code application development platforms specifically within the context of cybersecurity.

The potential of low-code in cybersecurity

Because cybersecurity platforms are designed to address a broad range of changing threats and vulnerabilities within the specific context of an organization’s systems and infrastructure, the need for customization is high. Out-of-the-box solutions may be powerful, but they won’t always align well with an individual organization’s unique environment and challenges. The ability to tailor these platforms ensures their maximum effectiveness.

Low-code development platforms empower your team to quickly build custom applications that can simplify IT and security operations. You can automate security workflows to make sure nothing gets missed and offload the mental burden on your SecOps team. In this regard, a low-code application platform can be a game-changer for your team. Those with an extensive programming background can make vital adjustments to the platform, and the broader security team can still build useful customizations with a focus on strategy and threat analysis.

vital adjustments to the platform, and the broader security team can still build useful customizations with a focus on strategy and threat analysis.

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Visit the web page for CrowdStrike Falcon Foundry, the cybersecurity industry’s first low-code application development platform, to easily create their custom applications in order to solve an infinite number of security and IT challenges.Falcon Foundry: Industry's First Low-Code Application Platform

CrowdStrike’s approach

In most organizations, the challenges in cybersecurity revolve around tool sprawl, not having enough skilled security analysts, and a shortage of dedicated budget. CrowdStrike Falcon® Foundry is a platform that lets you build custom applications to extend the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform. This enables your team to keep all of its cybersecurity tooling within a single platform while providing a means for everyone to build apps through an intuitive visual interface.

The rise of low-code application platforms has democratized the process of building software. Application development is no longer solely the domain of programmers. Across sectors, organizations are benefitting from the enablement of these platforms, building custom software solutions without the constraints of traditional software development.

Within cybersecurity, the availability of the low-code application platform is even more essential. The landscape of cyber threats is complex and ever-evolving, requiring modern enterprises to be swift as they build customized solutions and adapt to new challenges. The low-code application platform empowers them to do this.

To get started with Falcon Foundry and its native security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) framework, CrowdStrike Falcon® Fusion SOAR, you can sign up for a demo of Falcon Next-Gen SIEM to learn how to build custom apps to maximize your deployment.

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Paola Miranda is a Sr. Manager of Product Marketing at CrowdStrike primarily responsible for Falcon Fusion. Before joining CrowdStrike, she led product marketing teams at IBM Security and Devo across solutions such as threat intelligence, SIEM and SOAR. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from UNCG and an M.B.A from Duke University.