API Cybersecurity

API Cybersecurity

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:

Lifecycle Interface Access Consumption Business Need Operations
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.