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5 Reasons Why You Need API Runtime Protection

Continuously Monitor, Mitigate Potential Threats and Vulnerabilities in Production
5 Reasons Why You Need API Runtime Protection

Application programming interfaces, better known as APIs, play a critical role in facilitating communication and data exchange between different software systems. They enable seamless integration of various applications, allowing businesses to streamline processes, enhance collaboration and deliver exceptional customer experiences. But APIs are susceptible to various security threats and vulnerabilities.

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Malicious actors may attempt to exploit weaknesses in API implementations, leading to data breaches, service disruptions and reputational damage. This is where API runtime protection becomes essential. API runtime protection refers to the implementation of security measures and best practices to safeguard APIs during their execution. It involves the continuous monitoring and mitigation of potential threats and vulnerabilities in production.

By adopting robust API runtime protection strategies, organizations can effectively mitigate risks and ensure the ongoing availability, integrity and confidentiality of their APIs. This enables them to maintain business continuity and deliver uninterrupted services to customers, partners and internal stakeholders.

The Top 5 Reasons to Invest in API Runtime Protection

  1. Scale your entire environment. API runtime protection is designed to scale and protect your entire API environment. This advanced technology continuously monitors your API traffic in real time, identifying any suspicious behavior or anomalies that may indicate a security breach. With its robust threat intelligence capabilities, API runtime protection acts as a powerful defense mechanism and offers scalability that can accommodate the ever-growing demands of your organization.

    Whether you're experiencing a surge in API traffic or expanding your API ecosystem, this solution can effortlessly handle the increased load. Its ability to scale seamlessly ensures that your APIs remain accessible and responsive, even during peak usage periods. In addition to its security and scalability features, API runtime protection provides a range of other benefits, including detailed analytics and insights that allow you to gain valuable visibility into your API traffic and identify trends or patterns that can inform your business strategies.

  2. Block attacks. API runtime protection is a crucial component in safeguarding against automated attacks. With the increasing sophistication of cyberthreats, protecting APIs from malicious activities is of paramount importance. By implementing robust API runtime protection mechanisms, organizations can fortify their systems and ensure the integrity, availability and reliability of their APIs.

    API activity must be analyzed continuously to detect anomalous events and alert security and operations teams. State-of-the-art API runtime protection incorporates AI and machine learning capabilities to analyze traffic in real time and leverage contextual insights into data leakage, data tampering, data policy violations, suspicious behavior and API security attacks.

    It integrates seamlessly with your existing API management systems, making implementation and management a breeze. So, when you consider out-of-band monitoring solutions such as Noname Security, this seamless integration allows you to quickly notify personnel via Slack and JIRA and then remediate via your existing SIEM and SOAR solutions.

  3. Safeguard sensitive data. APIs serve as gateways for data communication, allowing applications to interact and share information securely. But this exchange of data introduces vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious actors. Therefore, implementing effective API runtime protection measures is crucial in safeguarding sensitive data from unauthorized access, data breaches and other cyberthreats.

    Once an anomaly or other problem has been identified and an alert generated, time is of the essence. Unauthorized movement of sensitive data via API or other suspected misuse of APIs must be detected and blocked. Runtime protection should not only block misuse through integration with your existing firewalls and API gateways. It should also partially or fully automate remediation.

  4. Help maintain compliance. Regulators around the world are racing to enact new regulations to provide meaningful defense against emerging threats. Despite these well-intentioned efforts, organizations need adequate API security controls in place to have a legitimate chance at keeping their sensitive data safe. They need to know where data resides, how it moves between applications, and how it's being accessed to ensure compliance and avoid costly financial penalties.

    With the increasing focus on data privacy and security regulations, API runtime protection helps you stay compliant with industry-specific regulations such as GDPR, CCPA and HIPAA. Robust API runtime protection is crucial for organizations to safeguard their APIs and protect sensitive data. By implementing access controls, authentication mechanisms, rate limiting, anomaly detection and regular updates, organizations can effectively mitigate security risks and ensure that their APIs remain secure and compliant with industry standards and regulations.

  5. Help maintain business continuity. The most important aspect of API runtime protection is ensuring uninterrupted operations. The sum of all the aforementioned reasons to invest in runtime protection is to keep your business running, and API runtime protection plays a crucial role in maintaining business continuity. By implementing API runtime protection measures, businesses can ensure the smooth functioning of their operations and minimize any disruptions caused by potential security threats.

    One of the primary ways API runtime protection helps maintain business continuity is by safeguarding against malicious attacks. With the ever-increasing number of cyberthreats, ensuring the security of APIs has become paramount. By employing runtime protection mechanisms, businesses can detect and mitigate attacks, preventing them from causing significant damage to the organization's infrastructure or compromising sensitive data. This is done by identifying the attacker, which is the difficult part in this. The system traces the attacker across many different transactions and, once they have been identified, it allows you to remove them from the equation.

    API runtime protection also helps maintain business continuity by ensuring the availability and reliability of APIs. Downtime or service interruptions can have severe consequences for businesses, leading to lost revenue, reduced customer satisfaction and damaged reputation. By implementing runtime protection measures, businesses can proactively monitor the performance of their APIs, identify any anomalies or potential issues and take immediate action to rectify them. This proactive approach helps prevent service disruptions and ensures that APIs are consistently available and performing optimally.

How to Get Started With API Runtime Protection

API runtime protection plays a vital role in maintaining business continuity and delivering value to your customers. By implementing robust security measures, organizations can safeguard their APIs, protect sensitive data and ensure uninterrupted operations.

While investing in API runtime protection is an essential step toward building a resilient and secure digital ecosystem, I understand that you may need help. That is why I'm recommending that you download our latest e-book, the "Definitive Guide to API Runtime Protection."

About the Author

Shay Levi

Shay Levi

CTO, Co-founder, Noname Security

Shay Levi is the Co-Founder and CTO at Noname Security, a leading pioneer in the API security space. As a cybersecurity expert, Shay leads the innovation and engineering efforts that address the growing API risks enterprises face. Prior to co-founding Noname Security, Shay was a Sr. Software Engineer at Facebook and R&D Team Lead at ironSource. Before his civilian career, he spent 4 years as a Cyber Software Engineer at the Israeli Intelligence Corps.

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