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Enterprise API security testing and management

Detect vulnerabilities in critical API endpoints and secure the backbone of your application business with instant API security coverage to prevent breach of sensitive data.

What is API security testing?

API security testing finds critical flaws in API logic that attackers target to gain access to sensitive data. Unlike traditional security solutions that look for common security issues, such as SQL injections and cross-site scripting, API testing pressure-tests the entire API to ensure no API endpoints can be exploited.

“You can design an API you think is ultra-secure, but if you don't test it, then a cybercriminal somewhere is going to do it for you.”

Automate API security testing and release faster

The API layer is the lifeblood of any application enabling the extraction and sharing of data in an accessible way. A poorly secured API can expose a large attack surface for any systems and data connecting to it, and API abuses frequently result in massive data breaches for enterprises. Functional testing and web application scans are not enough to uncover API specific vulnerabilities.

You need to perform security checks against critical data access controls including Role-based Access Control (RBAC) and Attribute-based Access Control (ABAC) on a continuous basis, whilst plugging into CI/CD workflows through automation to shorten test cycles and ensure fast release.

API security testing checklist

APIs have been in use by developers, programmers, and their clients for decades and are set to stay with the increased adoption of cloud technologies and growth of cloud API’s. Increasing security vulnerabilities in API endpoints, leading to API abuse as development volumes increase and DevOps deliver new web applications at speed and scale. With Gartner predicting by 2022, API abuse will become the most common type of web application attack.

As more data flows through APIs, security is of utmost importance to prevent data leakage and since APIs are like doors into your application, they’re the obvious entry point for attackers. API security is key to achieving DevSecOps by securing API endpoints and building APIs in a secure manner. With vulnerable API’s leading to unauthorized access, data breach of your sensitive data and SQL injection vulnerabilities.

API testing starts with functional testing of individual API calls. There’s a valid input and an anticipated response for each test, and running the test confirms that the response matches expectations. Building automated API checks into your software testing cycle will identify critical API vulnerabilities to ensure your developers can manage API risks and improve your modern application security. Our API testing solution runs a continuous assessment of your REST APIs, targeting your vulnerabilities that could be used by security attackers. No need for costly and ad hoc API penetration testing which can lead to downtime in your software development workflow.


 
Uncover critical API vulnerabilities

Delve deeper into your API layer with access to instant security coverage including the Top 20 API vulnerabilities including RBAC and ABAC before it becomes a problem

Continuous API security testing

Integrated API security testing to enable on-demand and continuous compliance for PCI and OWASP standards eliminating the need for ad hoc API security audits
Shift left and release fast

Detect vulnerabilities as early as possible in the development cycle with fully automated testing for local machines or across any private or public cloud to shorten test time down the line

Integrated with CI/CD for DevSecOps

CI/CD integration with common tools like Jenkins, Bamboo, and others, ensuring security is built into the DevOps toolchain to maximize workflow efficiency between development, IT and security.

AI-powered risk prioritization
We use machine learning to understand the requests and response coming from an API to ensure you see the most critical issues without being overwhelmed
Shorten vulnerability resolution time
Quickly fix security issues with detailed analytics on executions and wire logging. Our solutions provide best practices for fixing discovered vulnerabilities along with example code snippets
Uncover API risks in your web services in an instant

Building automated API checks into your software testing cycle will identify critical API vulnerabilities to ensure your developers can manage API risks and improve your modern application security. Our API testing solution runs a continuous assessment of your REST APIs, targeting your vulnerabilities that could be used by security attackers. No need for costly API penetration testing which can lead to downtime in your software development workflow. 

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Tim Dzierzek, Director of Information Security, Seismic

"APIsec got us testing our APIs for a broad range of vulnerabilities in a very short period of time. This allowed us to focus our valuable resources on working with our Engineering teams instead of building complex test cases for our APIs." 

API security testing main questions

What is an API security process? ⇘

API security is the process of protecting APIs from attacks. Because APIs are very commonly used and the front door to your applications, they enable access to sensitive software functions and data and are increasingly becoming a primary target for attackers. API security is a key component of modern web application security.

Why do companies choose Outpost24 to secure their API? ⇘

We build automated API checks into your software testing cycle to identify critical API vulnerabilities to ensure your developers can manage API risks and improve your modern application security. Our API testing solution runs a continuous assessment of your REST APIs, targeting your vulnerabilities that could be used by security attackers. No need for costly API penetration testing which can lead to downtime in your software development workflow.

How important is API security? ⇘

Businesses use APIs to connect services and to transfer data. Broken, exposed, or hacked APIs are behind some of the major data breaches. Gartner predicts API abuse to be the most common type of web app attack in 2022 and risk exposure of critical data.

What are API security best practices? ⇘

APIs allow attackers to modify request properties in unexpected ways that are difficult to test for given the huge number of possible attack scenarios. To secure your APIs against these threats security best practice covers three categories 1. Static Code Analysis, 2. Security Testing, 3. Application Firewall

What is an API testing tool? ⇘

Our approach to API security begins with learning the API: cataloging all available endpoints and identifying supported methods. This approach is 100% automated and allows critical API vulnerabilities to be addressed before a company’s product reaches production. This approach offers major advantages to static code analysis, API firewalling, and manual pen testing.

How do you choose an API testing tool? ⇘

You need to find a complete solution which performs API security checks against critical data access controls including Role-based Access Control (RBAC) and Attribute-based Access Control (ABAC) on a continuous basis, whilst plugging into CI/CD workflows through automation to shorten test cycles and ensure fast release.

About API security testing

Apisec.ai starts with the ideology that securing an API is about understanding the business logic of the application, that is hard given the complexity and process of API development.

APIsec™ has been designed with the ideology that understanding the business logic should not be the basis of securing it, rather application security comes from understanding the risks in the API through use.

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