APIs & web services

APIs & web services

Safely unlocking the value of API economy

Digital transformation and cloud computing have contributed to the increased interest in APIs and web services in particular. Application programming interfaces (APIs), once largely limited to technical domains, have become a key factor in strategic business decisions across industries. Today, most business leaders are aware of the API economy which consists of exposing business assets or services in the form of APIs to third party applications with the goal of unlocking additional business value, such as efficiency gains, growth and innovation. Regrettably every API represents a potential security and compliance risk which needs to be addressed in order to safeguard the information it transmits. Unprotected APIs can expose customer data, backend server appliances, or allow unauthorized access, putting APIs (or worse still, businesses) at risk. Like any web application, web services are also subject to robotic and manual attacks aiming at disrupting the service, stealing credentials and leaking data.

Your Challenges

Web Services and automated machine-to-machine communications support processes which are often business critical, be they internal only or also involving external third party members, such as suppliers, consumers and regulatory bodies. Web services drive communication on the web through the adoption of REST and JSON and other related protocols. They provide a generic and flexible framework for the implementation of traditional Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) or Microservices. Such architectures are designed to provide automated interactions between data and processes, to speed up business collaboration and to facilitate the interconnection of formerly heterogeneous applications. Removing human interaction from the operations process is one of the main advantages, as humans can either be considered as a bottleneck or a single point of failure highly prone to error. As open, distributed and automated systems, APIs and web services are vulnerable to misconfigurations, weak or no encryption and man-in-the middle attacks. And while no system is ever going to be truly perfect, understanding the security risks associated with these assets and adequately responding is essential in protecting them.

Benefits of our solutions

  • Identify assets, prioritize vulnerabilities, distribute remediation tasks
  • Seamlessly secure machine to machine (M2M) communications
  • Authenticating web service agents, signing messages and encrypting traffic
  • Protect automated data flows
  • Centrally control all web application and services communications
  • Web services routing & authentication service
  • Improve control by continuously monitoring collaboration applications

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