Explaining No-Code to the CSO

CSO, Chief Security Officer, CISO, no-Code

CSOs must keep a lid on shadow IT, enforce compliance, and prioritize risk mitigation—here’s how no-code can help achieve each of these goals.


This article is part of an ongoing series about adopting a no-code platform—and how to best discuss the benefits of no-code with various decision-makers in your organization. So far, we’ve talked about why no-code adds value for CEOs, CIOs, engineers, and CFOs, which means you should be well on your way to convincing your entire organization that no-code is the way to go. However, any initiative to transform the way you build customer applications will face a lot of internal questions before a decision to adopt, and Chief Security Officers (CSO) can be some of the toughest executives to convince. 

CSOs tend to be smart, savvy, and a little cautious—and for good reason. It’s their job to ensure new platforms don’t introduce security risks to the ecosystem, which means they won’t support a new platform without the hard facts. To help you assure them that the right no-code platform is secure, this article breaks down the main concerns of the CSO and arms you with the best way to convince your CSO that no-code is the future of enterprise application development.

Chief Concerns of the CSO

A Chief Security Officer or Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is the highest level executive responsible for the information security of an organization. The CSO must rigorously vet any technology that’s used within the organization and keep an eye out for any security vulnerabilities that bad actors might be able to exploit. As such, their approval is critical to the success of a no-code adoption

As cybersecurity threats evolve and become more difficult to manage, CSOs might be hesitant to endorse a relatively new platform. Internal cybersecurity and compliance concerns are paramount, especially in a world where enterprises interact with more sensitive information than ever before. If organizations aren’t using software that protects the integrity, confidentiality, and accessibility of user data, CSOs know that their enterprise could wind up paying millions in compliance penalties.

Along the same lines, CSOs must also contend with shadow IT projects. Shadow IT refers to any software or applications used without the IT team’s knowledge, which means they can’t adequately regulate or secure it. Without total control over their organization’s IT infrastructure and everything therein, a CSO can’t protect it from unnecessary risk.  

How No-Code Can Help

All of this isn’t to say that CSOs aren’t open to trying new technologies. Just like CEOs, CSOs recognize that innovation is key to driving value and gaining a competitive advantage. In fact, now more than ever, CSOs are willing to embrace transformative new approaches if they help them stay ahead of cybersecurity threats. Here’s a shortlist of no-code’s advantages that are most relevant to CSOs:

1. No-Code Prioritizes Security and Scale 

Some people see how intuitive and user-friendly no-code development is and assume that “easy to use” means “easy to hack.” This is one of the biggest myths about no-code. The best no-code platforms have security built-in from the ground up. With Unqork, all enterprise-grade security protocols and decisions have been pre-made for you on the backend.

"With Unqork, all enterprise-grade security protocols and decisions have been pre-made for you on the backend."

The platform supports data encryption in-transit and at rest, and you can even bring your own encryption keys. You can securely deploy your application in your own single-tenant, cloud-agnostic infrastructure—your instance, your products, your rules. The Unqork platform is also designed to help you maintain compliance standards across your organization. We partner with AICPA-certified third-party auditors to maintain security compliance with SOC 2, Type II, and Privacy Shield standards. We’re especially proud of our Level 5 Veracode rating and a 100% penetration pass rate. 

In fact, Unqork no-code applications actually increase security by ensuring that all of your applications rely on trusted security measures in advance—rather than becoming a tedious and error-prone process with traditional software development. CSOs can trust that no-code provides a secure foundation for their enterprise’s applications.

2. No-Code Makes it Easier to Maintain Compliance 

Though we’ve already mentioned our third-party auditors, we’re happy to get a little more specific. 

Since the best no-code platforms are built with compliance in mind from the beginning, you’ll be able to build comprehensive audit trails of any interactions and maintain immutable data versions. With Unqork, it’s easy to see who has changed what and when using easy queries for data changes and audits. You can set parameters on how long data will be stored and when it should be purged. You can also just as easily record and store all submission changes from a record’s creation and create full snapshots in real-time. Not only do these features reduce troublesome instances of editing, overwriting, and renaming, but they also help facilitate complex analysis. 

Comprehensive Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) makes it easier for CSOs to manage roles and permissions, which in turn helps maintain regulatory compliance. RBAC allows team managers to regulate granular permissions from the field to form level—everyone has access to what they need, and nothing they shouldn’t. Flexible reporting structures within the platform accurately reflect roles within your organization, which means auditors will never have to question who has access to what as you demonstrate compliance.

With Unqork Workspaces, organizations can manage multiple projects and precisely control which users or teams have access to each application. Watch the above demo to learn more.

3. No-Code Offers Control

One of the best things about no-code is that it democratizes and humanizes enterprise app development. Business users can dive into the platform and contribute directly to projects to bring their ideas to life. As much as we’re proud of this, we understand that no-code might sound like the Wild West of application development to the skeptical CSO. But in reality, no-code gives the CSO much more control over what’s being built and executed within the platform.

No editable codebase means that Unqork creators are naturally constrained by the platform’s functionality, which inherently limits the amount of risk CSOs take on. This constraint doesn’t limit creativity—it just means that the modular components have been tested before you ever start using them. If we do find errors and need to debug, changes automatically get pushed out to all instances of each component so that you don’t have to worry about lingering vulnerabilities. 

No-code also helps enterprises manage shadow IT more responsibly. With no-code, employees are less likely to seek help from external software because they can build the exact custom applications they need, in a fraction of the time. CSOs get the best of both worlds: A dynamic, collaborative app development platform that drives innovation—without driving them insane with security concerns.

In Conclusion

Switching to a no-code platform offers benefits for the entire c-suite. Emphasizing these benefits will go a long way to convincing your CSO that no-code is just the technology they’re looking for. To see for yourself, request a demo to find out how compliance, risk mitigation, and shadow IT management are top priorities for Unqork. 

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