Lille, France, 10 Jan — The world’s first-ever event-native API management platform, Gravitee, recently released an article discussing how to find the right API security solution.
APIs connect various services and facilitates the transfer of information between each one, but at some point during this process, some of this data is exposed so consumers can use the service. Therefore, API security is extremely important. If a business builds and releases an API, protecting company information is in its best interests.
A data breach could potentially expose personal, financial, or other sensitive customer data, the platform asserts. Additionally, if the API provider is compromised, the API data and functionality—some or all of it—is at risk.
The platform explains what these risks are, using the analogy of a castle that has multiple openings but no moat—the more openings the structure has, the more vulnerable it is to invasion. However, those openings can be secured.
In an API, developers can build a structure with as few vulnerabilities as possible, but one must also have security measures in place.
Gravitee explains that the rapidly changing DevOps environment means that web application firewalls cannot keep up. The result is, every time there’s a change in the API, the traditional security tools also need to be fine-tuned.
But there’s a way to manage vulnerabilities in APIs before they become threats, asserts the API platform. Here are the steps businesses can take to protect sensitive information:
- Using an API gateway could help companies apply different layers of management and control when routing requests from one service to another through an API.
- Identifying vulnerabilities within the API delivery lifecycle might take extra effort but helps in identifying which parts of the API lifecycle are insecure. That allows businesses to devise strategies to protect them.
- Using access control and access management at the API level can also be helpful, as it allows enterprises to enforce extra factors when sensitive information is being brokered.
- Encrypting and masking sensitive data is another way of protecting against data breaches.
- Rate limiting can be useful not only for protecting information but also for managing traffic to provide a more reliable service.
- Using a developer portal makes it easier for developers and consumers to find the APIs and track performance and usage.
- Implementing risk-based adaptive MFA adds another layer of security, helping developers protect data from threat actors.
- Enforcing API security governance across both synchronous and asynchronous APIs helps in ensuring they remain secure and reliable.
Gravitee asserts that these steps should be standard business practice when strategising the business’ security plan for APIs.
As the innovative leader in managing synchronous and asynchronous APIs, Gravitee offers these security measures as part of the platform. It also helps businesses manage their entire API lifecycle easily and efficiently. To learn more about the business, please visit https://www.gravitee.io/
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