There’s a new trend on the rise at companies around the world — Bring Your Own Application, or BYOA. As a natural extension of the ongoing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, today’s employees are seeking out and bringing their own applications to better meet work needs.

This BYOA shift in business culture, however, can be disruptive to IT policies, potentially introducing serious security breaches if not properly handled. That’s why an increasing number of organizations are setting up their own app store of corporate-approved third-party and in-house apps as a way to cope with the trend, according to Dan Bieler, principal analyst at Forrester serving CIOs. Research from Gartner also predicts that 25 percent of enterprises will have an app store for managing corporate-sanctioned apps by the year 2017.

Caspio — A Powerful App Platform Trusted by IT

Having been in business for over a decade, we have seen many Caspio users move on to new companies and take Caspio with them. Interestingly, the IT departments at the new organizations rarely find reason to object to the use of Caspio. The benefits are immediately understood and the typical issues that concern IT departments are already addressed by Caspio.

We find the following questions to be of particular interest to IT departments:

1.  Is it Secure?

We have established a robust multi-layered approach to ensure the security of your data.

On the physical layer, we use Amazon Web Services (AWS) as our only infrastructure provider across our global sites. This means that all data is hosted on AWS, which has built a reputation for providing some of the most secure and best-run data centers in the world. AWS is both SAS 70 Type II and ISO 27001 Security Certified. The U.S. government has recently given AWS clearance on FedRAMP, a program that makes it easier for government agencies to adopt cloud products and services, putting Caspio in an even better position from which to serve new and existing government agency clients.

On the applications layer, Caspio offers extensive security features to help customers protect their data and applications, including authentication for apps, encrypted passwords, freely accessible SSL, access-control by IP address, Record Level Security and role-based security.

On the network and systems layer, Caspio’s servers and firewalls are configured to allow the absolute minimum level of access. All unnecessary users, protocols, and ports are disabled and monitored.

2.  Is it Based on Standards?

Caspio is big on adhering to the established standards for superior compatibility, extendibility and ease of integration.  Microsoft SQL Server is used in the backend for the highest level of reliability and performance. This choice also serves customers considering Caspio’s on-premise installation as it plays well with the existing infrastructure and utilizes the talent pool at most companies.

Developers can easily extend online database apps built with Caspio using common scripting languages such as JavaScript and PHP, saving them the need to learn a new language.

Caspio’s API is based on SOAP and Caspio-powered applications are rendered in xHTML, making them compatible with all latest browsers and devices.

3.  Is it Compliant? 

Caspio’s infrastructure architecture is capable of supporting HIPAA and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant applications. We are also a licensee of TRUSTe® Privacy Program and abide by the EU Safe Harbor Framework outlined by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Union. Our international Global Sites help users from EU and Australia address government-regulated data privacy compliances that require data to remain within the country’s border. All Caspio apps have automatic Section 508 compliance, making them compatible with devices and software accessed by visually impaired users, a critical factor for government agencies and large enterprises.

Want to embark on your first Caspio BYOA? Register for a free trial account now.

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