is Built on Secure APIs
Our Formula for API Security
APIs are typically built to be accessed by diverse client applications and user types, requiring support from multiple identity providers to serve as sources of authentication. An authentication authority enables organizations to continuously collect, validate and provide user identity, device and context data from these sources to ensure APIs are only accessed under the right circumstances by including this information in access tokens.
Business and security policies dictate which API resources are accessible by certain client applications and users, as well as what actions clients are able to perform (e.g., GET, POST, PUT, DELETE) on that API resource. API access management helps organizations enforce these policies, limiting users to only transactions permitted by the authorization scopes contained in their access tokens.
A flexible, externalized authorization layer provides detailed access control and data protection requirements driven by regulations, business analysts and customers—without friction and lengthy development cycles. A user-friendly, collaborative interface for policy administration, testing and data access governance puts fine-grained, dynamic authorization for APIs directly in the hands of business users. Tackle API data breaches and abuse with policies to evaluate, modify and filter the body of an API request or response based on any number of attributes, including real-time risk scores, data source lookups and more.
Applications leverage APIs to perform a wide variety of transactions, with varying levels of sensitivity or risk. By enabling step-up authentication and embedding multi-factor authentication into your application, higher-risk API calls such as financial transactions or account profile changes can be confirmed with a simple fingerprint or face scan, for example. By only stepping up authentication for risky API calls, user experience is optimized.
Bad actors with stolen credentials and malicious insiders leave organizations vulnerable to attack, even if they have rock-solid API authentication and authorization strategies in place. API cybersecurity uses AI to learn expected and normal behavior for each API, and it uses that knowledge to identify and automatically stop attacks that target API infrastructures.
Kuppingercole Reveals the
Dark Side of the API Economy
The analyst firm’s research finds that one of the most common problems organizations face is a lack of visibility around their APIs. Despite their popularity, many organizations tend to downplay API-related risks. Learn more about KuppingerCole’s findings and recommendations on how to design a comprehensive and future-proof API security strategy.