Will Enterprises Truly Gain Speed and Security?


An integral part of digital transformation strategies for enterprises is utilising APIs (application programming interfaces) to fuel business growth.

Users, applications, bots and cloud services leverage external and internal APIs to access data faster, with many automated deep down in the design of the system, to put it to work. APIs connect one system to another system to create new functionality, no matter if used to deliver concise, choice-driven user experiences in the open financial sector, expanding product value for travel applications or performing countless tasks for the corporate sector with back-end data.

Vulnerabilities

API is all about speeding up innovation and making customer satisfaction a key priority. However, there are vulnerabilities both known and unknown that can lead to data being exposed, business being disrupted and public trust being thrown into discomfort.

Major stateside businesses were heavily impacted by the summer’s Power Apps breach – a direct result of misconfigured APIs – which also affected some state and big-city government bodies.

Successful API attacks have happened to numerous companies in 2021, with two-thirds of cybersecurity incidents being API related. The onslaught of considerable, worldwide cyberattacks and widespread distribution and connectivity of everything, has resulted in Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) rising to the level of a vital model in ensuring enterprise infrastructure safety.

Flawed

APIs are the primary entry points into systems and will always be the critical components in the management of data into the future. The traditional protective mechanism of them is – however – flawed. API keys have been used to restrict access to a given API on many occasions, making them a well-known vulnerability that can be stolen and distributed with ease. This makes it impossible to verify a caller’s true identity who is providing an API key. An essential part of enterprise security is ensuring proper API configuration and validating API access.

ZTA is not considered a stand-alone architecture for IT infrastructure – more a mentality holding that attackers can be found inside and outside of a network. Because of this factor, not even robots can be trusted.

ZTA

As well as this, ZTA is a collection of practices designed to strengthen security in a fine-grained manner and safeguard company assets that are organised into tight categories. Specialists use the metaphor of it being personal forcefields around each asset or sensitive resource in a complex system – even as they communicate with others.

ZTA that leverages APIs, token-based access and authorization, and API gateways can be tuned with distributed policy enforcement to meet the complex enterprise security requirements and scale them into the future.

This holds for Multi-cloud, on-premises and geo-distributed deployments that are growingly common as enterprises are growing domestically as well as globally.

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