INTELLIGENT API CYBERSECURITY

Protect your most sensitive data and business systems with artificial intelligence

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real-time intelligence for API security

Almost daily, new APIs with highly diverse sets of clients are introduced onto enterprise networks. The unique—and often high-volume traffic flows—of these APIs makes identifying malicious behavior a highly complex task. This isn’t a suitable task for existing security solutions using attack signatures or access control policies. As APIs continue to drive digital transformation efforts in the enterprise and support innovative customer experiences, securing them has never been more important.

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PRIORITIZE API SECURITY, INSIDE AND OUT

The number of internal and external-facing APIs has exploded over the past decade, with organizations adopting API-first development approaches to accelerate internal processes, streamline partner relationships and acquire customers with innovative, API-driven services.

 

But APIs are also new entry points into your organization's most sensitive data, making it easier for hackers and botnets to steal and manipulate critical information. API security starts with API gateways and web application firewalls (WAF) to provide foundational capabilities like access control and OWASP Top 10 protection. But neither can detect advanced cyberattacks that target API-specific vulnerabilities.

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FILLING COMMON GAPS IN API SECURITY

API management tools provide an important set of security features to protect your APIs. These often include authentication and rate limiting, which ensure resources are securely accessible by internal groups, partners, customers and third-party developers. But these practices are often deficient in stopping attacks that circumvent traditional security practices and are built specifically to breach APIs to gain access to sensitive data. Intelligence helps stop the most common API attacks not covered by foundational API security tools.

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GET DEEP API ACTIVITY INSIGHT

Managing API access requires comprehensive information on all API activity for compliance reporting, forensic investigations and usage trend analysis. All API interactions should be available, including every method used on any API at any time. This reporting is required to support in-depth investigations into historical activity linked with an attack, or to demonstrate compliance and deliver metrics on API usage. Reporting on APIs should also be available to deliver information to common enterprise dashboards and reporting applications.

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PREVENT REVERSE API ENGINEERING. PREVENT MISUSE AND ABUSE

Detecting the most recent API breaches has taken months or years because hackers were able to hide by creating activity that appeared to come from a valid account. Some of these breaches were executed by hackers using a valid account to reverse engineer an API with the intent to find vulnerabilities to gain access to the systems and data connected to the API. Once a vulnerability was found, a hacker could abuse access to the API and misuse the data behind it. You need a solution that can quickly discover and block valid accounts exhibiting abnormal behavior, which shortens the time these costly breaches go undetected.

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DETECT API-TARGETED ATTACKS

Today’s API attacks are sophisticated and designed to go undetected by the foundational security measures commonly used in an organization. API management systems reject invalid sign-on attempts, but they can’t adequately stop clients from continuously trying new combinations. Hackers can steal API keys or tokens used for client authentication through man-in-the-middle attacks, and then present the valid credentials—albeit stolen—to gain access to API services.

 

Other API attacks reported and blocked include botnets scraping data and disrupting API services with DDoS attacks while adapting traffic rates to stay beneath throttling controls and rate limits. Additionally, rogue insiders exfiltrate data in small amounts over extended time periods, bad actors delete information or modify data to sabotage a system, and hackers inject malicious code that could compromise users accessing the system. All of these attacks can be detected and blocked with an API security solution like PingIntelligence for APIs that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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