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Key API Security Problems Faced by Security Professionals
APIs now disclose more sensitive information than before, and attackers constantly target APIs, searching for vulnerabilities and access points to that data
Fremont, CA: API modifications in recent years had a substantial influence on security. APIs are being utilized even more now by organizations of all sizes and sectors worldwide. APIs are progressively exposing sensitive data to enable new use cases, and they are continually evolving to meet the demand for quick innovation. These API changes provide new difficulties for security teams, which must reconsider their tactics and tools for protecting essential data and services.
These three considerations should be at the forefront of any security expert responsible for API protection.
• API Visibility
The first problem in security is determining what needs to be protected. Comprehensive visibility of a threat surface serves as the cornerstone for developing a security strategy and coordinating solutions, and API security is no exception.
The increasing quantities of APIs in an environment and the velocity of change for those APIs make visibility into APIs increasingly difficult. Most firms have hundreds, if not thousands, of APIs, and they change regularly, resulting in a massive, ever-changing attack surface.
• Stopping API Attacks
APIs now disclose more sensitive information than before, and attackers constantly target APIs, searching for vulnerabilities and access points to that data. Security teams require a method to identify and block intruders before they succeed. One significant difficulty with APIs is that they have been unique to each business and have distinct vulnerabilities. Traditional technologies, like WAFs and API gateways do not provide the necessary level of security. These conventional techniques, built on proxy architectures, are confined to evaluating API traffic at the transaction level and lack the context required to detect complex API assaults.
• Improving API Security Posture
Security is not a "put it and forget it" activity when it comes to API-based apps. These ecosystems are continually changing and expanding as new applications, and capabilities get introduced. In addition, the attack surface varies as the API environment changes. These developments make it difficult for enterprises to guarantee that their security products and strategy remain updated. Security teams and developers must continually collaborate and learn together to stay up with the latest risks and adopt security best practices.
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