Extended API

Today, all organizations use applications that rely on APIs. API or application programming interface is a central part of the modern digital age. It is used to connect services and transfer different types of data for businesses. Since each application is unique, it is crucial for businesses to have the same authentication mechanism for all of them. API denial of service (DoS) attacks are increasing by the hour. The OWASP API Security highlights this serious problem.

Therefore, a proactive plan should be put in place to effectively deal with these attacks. Authentication, which involves validating the user’s identity, is another critical issue when using an API. Not all users should be able to access information that belongs to a high privilege level. Malicious bots are on the rise, making it essential to enforce a limit on the number of calls a client can make to an API in a given period of time. There is also a lack of input validation and output coding, which could lead to injection attacks and cause serious consequences by exposing sensitive data. Companies tend to collect, store and process personal data of their customers. This subjects them to GDPR and strictly requires them to keep track of their data processing activities.

Today, depending on the API and the type of sensitive data being transferred, API security requires more advanced capabilities to prevent data breaches.