APIs are deployed everywhere, creating blind spots and the fear of not knowing about all active APIs. These APIs are finding their way into public and private cloud environments, distributed across data centers. As a result, most DevOps and security teams are uncertain about whether or not they are aware of all exposed APIs—internal and external.
Because of this, security teams need to put in the work in order to eliminate those blind spots and identify all APIs, including shadow APIs and old versions accidently left active during an application migration. Hackers look for these APIs and exploit them to breach organizations and steal data or to take over accounts for financial gains. Such mishaps have occurred among social networks, financial, healthcare and retail verticals.
So, what can you do to keep your enterprise safe from letting bad actors in through vulnerable APIs? It all comes down to understanding where the risks lie and how to implement API security best practices—including API discovery and tracking—in order to protect your network.