Why Zero Trust for APIs?

Nearly every enterprise is moving to the cloud, and in the cloud, everything is based on APIs. Gartner predicts that by 2022, API attacks will be the most-frequent vector used to breach enterprise networks.

API Security Top 10 2021

“From banks, retail and transportation to IoT, autonomous vehicles and smart cities, APIs are a critical part of modern mobile, SaaS and web applications and can be found in customer-facing, partner-facing and internal applications. [APIs] have increasingly become a target for attackers. Without secure APIs, rapid innovation would be impossible.”

Crytographic Failures, Insecure Design, Security Misconfiguration, and Broken Authentication are all top API Security top concerns.

Moving to the Cloud

APIs Are Everywhere

Enterprises are rapidly moving to the cloud, leveraging public and private cloud platforms to stand up internal IT infrastructure and to connect with other enterprises, vendors, and government agencies. Today, over 90 percent of all enterprises use hybrid or multi-cloud networks.

APIs are the glue that stitch together hybrid, multi-cloud, and enterprise networks. Today, the vast majority of network traffic between machines is through APIs.  They are proliferating faster than they can be registered and controlled using traditional security and management tools. 

Gartner’s 2019 API Security Report

“Despite growing awareness of API security, breaches continue to occur. API management and web application firewall vendors, as well as new startups, are addressing the problem. But application leaders independently must design and execute an effective API security strategy to protect their APIs.”

An Attractive Target 

APIs Are Vulnerable

API security lags behind the maturity of other cybersecurity solutions. The cybersecurity industry has spent billions of dollars to securely connect humans to networks, but API security for machine-to-machine connections is an emerging field. The lack of focus on API security has resulted in a significant increase in damaging API-based attacks over the last few years.

The compromise of API credentials is now a ‘Top 10’ cybersecurity concern among government and enterprises. Hackers and state actors are using compromised API credentials to breach networks, steal data, and highjack applications.

Comprehensive Zero Trust 

Enterprises and government agencies must protect their data, products, and services. As infrastructure footprints extend past traditional network perimeters, so must cyber strategies and trust paradigms. Zero Trust (ZT) is the new cybersecurity model for protecting data and products that move across platforms and devices outside of traditional network boundaries. Enterprises need strong stories for Dynamic Identity and Strong Authentication.  These two pillars of Zero Trust must apply to machine-to-machine connections as well.  

The May 12, 2021 Executive Order on Cybersecurity requires agencies and enterprises to plan for zero trust architectures and to implement standards such as NIST SP 800-207. These standards now bring into focus purely machine-to-machine authentication and access.

Corsha’s technology has an elegant yes/no approach that does not rely on analyzing traffic or managing complex ‘secrets’ schemes. Our platform has been specifically engineered for modern cloud deployments.

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