Aug 06 2021

For Hackers, APIs are Low-Hanging Fruit

Category: Cloud computingDISC @ 12:18 pm

By 2022, API abuses will become the most frequent attack vector, predicts Gartner. We’re already witnessing new API exploits reach the headlines on a near-daily basis. Most infamous was the Equifax breach, an attack that exposed 147 million accounts in 2017. Since then, many more API breaches and major vulnerabilities have been detected at Experian, Geico, Facebook, Peleton and other organizations.

So, why are API attacks suddenly becoming so prevalent? Well, several factors are contributing to the rise in API exploits. As I’ve covered before, the use of RESTful web APIs is becoming more widespread through digital transformation initiatives and SaaS productization. And, the data these touchpoints transmit can carry a hefty price tag. Unfortunately, cybersecurity has not sufficiently progressed, making APIs ripe for the hacker’s picking.

I recently met with Roey Eliyahu, CEO of Salt Security, to better understand why more and more APIs hacks are making headlines. According to Eliyahu, a general lack of security awareness means these integration points are a low-effort, high-reward attack target. Establishing protection against zero-day threats means increasing the visibility of API holdings, testing for broken authorization and instigating ongoing monitoring of runtime environments.

Below, I’ll review the top factors contributing to the rise in API exploits. We’ll explore some of the top reasons why API attacks are increasing and consider how a zero-day protection mindset can mitigate common API vulnerabilities.

Six Reasons API Attacks Are Increasing

API Security in Action

Tags: API security risks, cloud services

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