Traditional API security measures are no longer sufficient to address modern security threats (especially considering that most businesses lack an inventory of APIs, and APIs are often unprotected). Examples of vulnerabilities include authentication flaws, improper use of permissions, cross-site scripting (XSS), and cross-site request forgery (CSRF). Businesses are gradually realizing the exponential increase in API usage, making APIs the latest security blind spot.
In 2023, several key trends will redefine API security and practices. Neosec presents several important API security trends and solutions:
Privacy Protection and Enhanced Authentication: Security products sometimes bring new issues and compromise compliance and risk when trying to solve other problems. Therefore, when addressing API security challenges, solutions must be built with privacy by design principles to ensure that problems are resolved without introducing new ones. Neosec proposes tokenization to ensure compliance and reduce risk, while enabling the discovery and behavioral monitoring of enterprise APIs.
API Access Control: Enterprises will review and improve their API access control strategies, ensuring that only users with appropriate permissions can access them.
Security Deployment Early in the Development Process: Security will be considered from the early stages of application development, rather than adding security measures only after application deployment.
API Automation, Monitoring, and Logging: Enterprises will invest in real-time monitoring and logging systems to identify suspicious activities and security incidents.
Education and Training: "Human error" remains one of the primary causes of compliance violations. Businesses will strengthen education and training on API security.