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Ways Organizations Can Prioritize API Security
It's critical to establish a comprehensive API inventory that allows the teams to find and assess all APIs, including legacy and shadow APIs, alongside data categorization.
Fremont, CA: APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) act as the essential connective tissue that enables businesses to communicate information and data rapidly and safely in today's digital ecosystem. API traffic has increased significantly since the post-pandemic society relies primarily on digital contact to sustain user connections. However, this expansion has resulted in new security threats.
Ways Companies can Prioritize API Security
The original security issues stemmed from a misconception of how an API communicates with other software—with hundreds, if not thousands, of APIs in use, protecting them all becomes quite difficult. The problem necessitates a systematic security assessment strategy that can be helpful generically and quickly across a wide range of APIs.
This includes the ability to locate and catalog all APIs. Thousands of APIs are managed by businesses, and many of them aren't routed through a proxy or API bridge. APIs that aren't routed aren't monitored, aren't audited often, and are the most vulnerable to errors that lead to attacks. Therefore, it's critical to establish a comprehensive API inventory that allows the team to find and evaluate all APIs, particularly legacy and shadow APIs, alongside data categorization.
It's critical to identify API abnormalities, modifications, and misconfigurations. In addition, businesses must examine API access, utilization, and behavior. Using AI and machine learning to automate behavior analysis allows for real-time concerns detection. However, when assessing existing detection performance or those provided by an API security provider, it's important to note that they'll only be as good as their capacity to find the whole API catalog.
Developing the ability to Detect and fix anomalies and misconfigurations is the next step. Based on that inventory, team members can start remediation by identifying misconfigurations in the source code, network configuration, and policy. By focusing on high-risk areas, security teams can provide effective detection and response. Threats can get prevented from occurring using automated and semi-automatic threat blocking and remediation.
Even if a prevention and detection mechanism is in place, constant testing of the various API endpoints is necessary to uncover API hazards before they occur. Companies may launch APIs with confidence and trust if they analyze APIs and fix flaws while still in development.