How Built-In Cybersecurity Changes the Game for App Developers Developing an application isn’t necessarily hard. Developing a good application – and successfully bringing it to market – is a whole other…

How Built-In Cybersecurity Changes the Game for App Developers

Michael Gleason

I spend my days (and nights) explaining how the strengths of the cloud - high availability, scalability, and interoperability - can help us overcome what is often considered its greatest weakness: security.

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Laptop-unsplashDeveloping an application isn’t necessarily hard. Developing a good application – and successfully bringing it to market – is a whole other ballgame, introducing difficulties and challenges for startups and enterprise organizations alike.

Why Consume Cybersecurity-as-a-Service?

For developers building apps in cloud environments, there’s good news: security functionality can be integrated from day one, consumable via API. But why is it a priority?

Maintain Focus on Core Competencies. It takes millions of dollars, dozens of engineers, and years of work to develop a mature cybersecurity offering. All of these resources can be scarce or unnecessary to spend. By consuming Cybersecurity-as-a-Service, organizations can focus on their core competencies and avoid distractions.

Instill Confidence in Prospects, Customers, and Investors. With the endless stream of data breaches seemingly glued to the front page of publications, concerns over data privacy and security are top of mind for everyone – including your prospects, customers, and, yes, investors. To quell these concerns and calm their nerves, app developers can partner with a Cybersecurity-as-a-Service provider to deliver a mature security offering from the get go.

Eliminate Objections and Expand Addressable Market (Can You Say Compliance?). The cold, hard truth of the matter is many organizations will not even consider the possibility of adopting your application if you cannot satisfy fundamental security requirements. Beyond security, compliance concerns are top of mind for many organizations, whether looking at healthcare institutions and HIPAA, publicly-traded companies and SOX, merchants and PCI-DSS, and so on.

How Does It Work?

When it comes to cloud cybersecurity, the API-based approach (as contrasted with a proxy-based approach) to protecting cloud applications is only the beginning. Using APIs to extend security functionalities to ISVs represents the next level, offering superior convenience and capability – the process is simple and allows software providers, no matter their vertical or solution, to cover all their bases.

What Would Built-In Cybersecurity Look Like In Practice?

Let’s say  an organization is building a cloud-based healthcare application to enable medical professionals to schedule appointments, track patient history, and share records with other medical professionals treating the patient.

In order to successfully sell into the healthcare vertical, the developers need to ensure users have a means of satisfying HIPAA compliance and that patient records aren’t being excessively shared. However, developing a full-blown DLP component within the app is unrealistic.

Using CloudLock’s APIs, you are able to integrate the cloud DLP service, bringing the functionality into the app painlessly and effectively.

Intrigued?

Learn more on how cybersecurity services can accelerate your go-to-market strategy and enable new possibilities for your business from our API experts. Reach out with any questions at apis@cloudlock.com.

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