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Today, APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) connect tens of thousands of web and cloud applications, microservices, mobile and IoT devices, enabling seamless machine-to-machine communication. And their number is skyrocketing. APIs don’t just exchange Facebook messages anymore. An enormous amount of sensitive information in terms of personal identifiers, financial data, medical records or corporate secrets is also now transferred via these interfaces.

APIs have become direct shortcuts to the heart of your organization. As a result, the proliferation of API infrastructures has brought with it huge security challenges:

  1. Hackers shift their interest to APIs.

    The amount of sensitive data exposed via APIs is increasing significantly, making APIs a primary target for attackers. They’ve started to look for vulnerable, broken APIs to find ways to the back-end systems that store sensitive data. And they are becoming increasingly successful. Many recent huge data breaches have leveraged APIs – just think of the Salesforce.com, US Post, T-Mobile and Strava incidents.
  2. Traditional security solutions are insufficient

    Today’s API attacks are increasingly complex, targeted and easily bypass traditional security solutions. These attacks CANNOT be detected by signature-based web application firewalls (WAFs), authentication or other baseline security tools. Advanced API attacks can only be prevented by targeted solutions. Without this knowledge in mind, businesses may expose their core systems data with a false sense of security.
  3. API developers work without focusing on security

    Security is not a priority for many application development projects: they focus on the functional specification, user experience and deadlines. Often, security requirements are not specified in detail in these projects. Developers don’t think like attackers. As there are no API-standards, they only deal with security on a best-effort basis. This practice leads to unique vulnerabilities in public-facing APIs, which in turn creates risk for the business and opportunities for the bad guys.
  4. Regulations require secure API communication

    PSD2 requires banks to open their APIs directly to retailers and third-party payment providers (TPP or fintech). GDPR indirectly requires the anonymization or pseudo-anonymization of personal data in transit. The PCI DSS requires financial providers to encrypt transmission of cardholder data via public networks, etc.  All these regulations have one key requirement in common: companies must protect customers’ data at rest and also in transit. To meet these criteria, regulated industries like finance or public services must start thinking about how to secure the sensitive data flow via their public-facing APIs.

For security-aware service providers and application developers who expose sensitive data via APIs, our API-security solution provides a highly flexible approach to protect enterprises from API-based threats.

In contrast to API management vendors where security is just a checkbox feature, our API security gateway focuses exclusively on API security, offering a killer combination of validation, transformation and insight of API traffic. Thanks to the flexible architecture, your organization can implement custom API security policies without compromise.

Balasys’s consultancy services will help you identify your API security challenges and assemble the right solution set. We can customize our implementation services to meet your exact requirements. After implementation, our training services will boost the efficiency of your operations staff. Should you need further assistance, we can help you with operations support.

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Development concept

Our Development concept

We continuously develop our API security concept to create a highly competitive and future-proof solution. On the top of our existing product functionality, we’re planning to add traffic transformation, authentication and malware detection capabilities. Our development plans include, but are not limited to:

Data enrichment

Anonymization & data masking

Format and protocol conversion (e.g. json2xml)

Graceful degradation of services in peak times

Support of multiple authentication methods (AD/LDAP, X.509, Kerberos, OAuth, OpenID, SAML, etc.)

Multi-layer content filtering


See the benefits of Balasys' API security solutions

Focus solely on API security features

Unparalleled configuration possibilities

Clean codebase

Highly flexible & highly skilled services team

Customized implementation services for a company of any size or complexity

World class consultancy services with ‘black belt’ engineers

Best value for money

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