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APIs – The Next Frontier in Cybercrime

Shreyans Mehta


APIs are ubiquitous in today’s application infrastructure. Driven by rapid mobile device adoption, the move towards container-based applications, serverless computing, service mesh architecture and cloud adoption, API usage has seen exponential growth. Often publicly exposed and well documented to accelerate and simplify adoption, APIs have become the Next Frontier in Cybercrime. The same benefits that APIs bring to the development community are now leveraged by bad actors to commit fraud and other types of cyber-crime. As a result, API security is top of mind for CIOs, CISOs and security practitioners alike. Researching the wide range of API security alternatives is confusing. This session will delve into the different approaches to protecting APIs from a range of security risks and how security and development teams should approach a consistent protection philosophy.