The proliferation of APIs as a tool for building and connecting applications has fueled the adoption of digital technology in almost every enterprise. The ability to connect legacy and back-end systems with web, cloud, and ready-made systems such as SaaS platforms put the power of integration and transformation into everyone’s hands.
Unfortunately, in the rush to make API integration easy, cybersecurity has not always been a top priority. This has resulted in a number of widely publicized breaches, and countless others have gone undetected or unreported.
Developing a comprehensive approach to assessing and managing API cybersecurity requires examination of the API ecosystem across six pillars:
|How is this API’s lifecycle being managed, and what stage is it currently in?||What resources, methods, objects, and fields are exposed?||Who can use this interface/data?||How is the API documented?||What business needs does the API support?||How is the API monitored? Who responds if it’s down/slow?|
|Who is responsible for maintenance/patching of the API?||How is the data protected during transport (e.g., encryption)?||How is access authenticated?||Are examples/SDKs provided that show proper usage?||Does the business understand and accept the risk of exposing an API?||What audit trail is generated? Who has access?|
|How is access revoked?||What facilities are available for debugging and error handling?|
|How is access to specific elements authorized?|
Rule4 takes a holistic approach to API cybersecurity, understanding that security helps the business succeed by enabling it to safely move quickly with API integration and access — just like the brakes on a car allow the driver to safely go fast. We’ll assess the current cybersecurity profile of your APIs, help you develop a strategy for securing your APIs, or help design secure APIs from the ground up.
Contact Rule4 to discuss your organization’s API challenges and opportunities. We’re here to help.