A Guide to Fixing Broken Access Control in Your APIs
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by David Brossard
4d ago
Saying that APIs are everywhere and more numerous than ever before is a bit of a tautology. The now-defunct website Programmable Web charted the exponential growth of public APIs in the early 2010s, which reached over 20,000 APIs, not including enterprise APIs deployed internally. Recently, Gartner revealed the API management market grew by 17% in 2022 to $3.3 billion in revenue, making it the fourth-fastest-growing segment of the application infrastructure and middleware market. Cloudflare’s 2024 API Security and Management Report reveals well over half of internet traffic is now API requests ..read more
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Understanding The Phantom Token Approach
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by Kristopher Sandoval
4d ago
One of the main balancing games in the API space is the balance between efficiency and privacy. The most efficient system in the world exposes everything, minimizing the level of exchange and conversion that is necessary in a system. The most private system in the world has everything behind lock and key, which introduces substantial inefficiency at scale, slowing the system and ultimately resulting in a costly effort for minimal work done. Balancing these two attributes is a complex question. Below, we’ll discuss one such solution in the world of authorization: the Phantom Token Approach. Thi ..read more
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What Is An API Definition?
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by J Simpson
1w ago
One of the best things about the maturing API economy is not having to do everything from scratch. In the early days of APIs, developers would simply include whatever they wanted and then figure out how to make it happen. Not only is this inefficient, but it also highly reduces the likelihood of anyone else being able to use or consume an API. API definitions eliminate virtually all of these problems. An API definition, also known as an API specification, is both a blueprint for an API and an itemized receipt full of metadata describing everything about an API. But what is an API definition? W ..read more
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How AI-Generated Code Could Kill Your API
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by Art Anthony
1w ago
In a recent post, we recapped a keynote speech by former Gartner analyst Paul Dumas at our Austin API Summit. The gist of the talk was that, as the practice of using AI to generate code grows, we will become stewards of content. In other words, prompting, testing, and curating AI-created code. According to research by GitHub, in 2023, as many as 92% of US developers were using AI coding tools “both in and outside of work.” Another study conducted by GitHub found that those using Copilot (a tool developed by GitHub) completed tasks up to 55% faster than those working without it. However, this A ..read more
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8 AI-Driven Threat Detection Tools
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by Rollend Xavier
1w ago
Artificial intelligence (AI) can significantly enhance detection capabilities through specialized tools that leverage machine learning algorithms. These tools can analyze vast amounts of data, including logs, network traffic, and code repositories, to identify patterns and anomalies that might indicate potential security risks or vulnerabilities. AI-powered tools can continuously monitor activity and alert security teams in real time. Below, we’ll look at a handful of modern AI-driven solutions that can help discover and remediate threats, many of which provide robust API analysis and security ..read more
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Using TypeSpec to Design APIs
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by J Simpson
1w ago
Microsoft recently sent shockwaves through the API industry when they announced TypeSpec, a new API definition language and platform that’s especially useful for API-first development. It’s inspired by two other programming languages created by Microsoft: C# and TypeScript, their version of JavaScript. Many of TypeSpec’s features are entirely new, while others are built around familiar concepts and principles. This makes TypeSpec ideal for seasoned API developers as well as new API developers. TypeSpec might be new to API developers, but Microsoft has already been using it internally for a num ..read more
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Don’t Let Them Lurk in the Shadows: Tools to Discover Shadow APIs
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by Rollend Xavier
2w ago
Imagine a hidden network pulsating within your organization’s applications, a maze where features operate in the shadows. These functionalities exist and fulfill purposes, but they do so entirely under the radar, undocumented and unmonitored. This dim realm is the domain of shadow APIs, unauthorized code that bypasses official channels and creates ground for security vulnerabilities. Data breaches are one of the main threats posed by shadow APIs. Hackers can use stealth techniques to infiltrate your systems and steal sensitive information. Without proper documentation and maintenance, these sh ..read more
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APIs and the Art of Predictive Analytics
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by Rollend Xavier
3w ago
In the digital age, data is the new oil. It fuels business decisions, drives strategy, and can provide a significant competitive advantage to those who know how to use it. One of the most powerful ways to leverage data is through predictive analytics, a branch of advanced analytics that uses current and historical data to make predictions about future events. In this article, we’ll explore the intersection of application programming interfaces (APIs) and predictive analytics and how they can work together to create robust, data-driven solutions. The Power of APIs APIs are the building blocks o ..read more
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How API Gateways Are Evolving: Lighter, Smarter, and Cloud-Native
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by Rollend Xavier
3w ago
API gateways have become the traffic controllers of the modern application world and are becoming a crucial component of modern application architectures. However, their role has transformed significantly since their inception. They’re shedding weight, becoming more programmable, and working hand-in-hand with the cloud-native landscape. Let’s explore this exciting transformation. Below, we’ll look into the fascinating journey of API gateways, from their humble beginnings in monolithic applications to their current function in the dynamic world of microservices. From Monoliths to Microservices ..read more
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5 KPIs for API Platform Engineering
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by Kristopher Sandoval
3w ago
As the API landscape has evolved, the idea of an API platform as an offering not of a single service but of a collection of applications, microservices, and functions has become more prominent. This development has allowed organizations to create compelling products at scale, bringing new functions to users across the globe. When considering the success of an API platform, it helps to have some concrete key performance indicators (KPIs) to point to when measuring performance. Below, explore specific metrics that can be used as KPIs for your API platform engineering efforts, both to measure ong ..read more
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