Information & Communication Technologies


Protecting the Web API: Why an Overlooked Threat Vector is Gaining Visibility

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Published: 17 Nov 2017

Threat actors are continually attempting new and creative methods to subvert defenses and acquire valuable data, gain unauthorized access, or inflict damage. As a result, the cyber security industry is stuck in a reactive cycle. Threat actors develop an exploit; security vendors establish solutions and push these to market; threat actors modify their tactics; security vendors react again to address the latest threat, and so on. This paper explains how security vendors are attempting to change, with a close look at the application programming interface (API) as an example. The API has proven to be a sorely overlooked access point with notable risks. Overall, this threat vector has remained in low profile to date, but security vendors are working now to mitigate this risk before attackers can do widespread damage. In addition to highlighting the emerging risk profile of APIs, this paper also offers best practice recommendations to help avert future security problems tied to the exploitation of vulnerable APIs.

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