APIs have emerged as the key element for facilitating interoperability among diverse web applications. However, APIs are fundamentally different from the traditional browser-centric web. Gartner recently released its API security strategy report. The report states that APIs are vulnerable to many human and non-human (bot) cyber attacks. Protecting APIs with conventional application security measures is ineffective.
APIs have a unique risk profile that businesses need to manage. APIs are used in organizations on a regular basis, and therefore, API security is not a one-time exercise. Application architecture trends such as microservice design patterns, mobile devices, cloud usage have exposed APIs to higher risk – as now APIs are not managed through a single gateway.
As per Gartner’s API Security Strategy report, “By 2022, API abuses will be the most-frequent attack vector resulting in data breaches for enterprise web applications”.
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Bot attacks are particularly a complex technical concern for API security strategists. Identifying the API security capabilities of vendors whose products are in use within your organization is crucial for data security. It is vital to differentiate “good” API calls from “bad” API calls. Bad API calls harvest business-critical information
In the report, Gartner has mentioned ShieldSquare as a noteworthy Bot Mitigation solution for securing the APIs.
As we deal with an ever-growing number of bad API calls, we see an increasing number of businesses waking up to the fact that deploying a bot defense is essential for effective API security strategy. Fraudsters distribute bots on botnets to carry out DDoS, and other types of automated attacks. Attackers easily bypass the existing web application security controls, including IP blacklisting and rate limiting. The advent of highly sophisticated human-like bot attacks in the recent year requires a dedicated bot detection and mitigation solution.
Learn how our bot detection engine secures APIs – read here
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