The explosion of consumer mobile adoption, digitization of goods and services, and an increase in data generation have driven a change in the way Internet-based businesses are built and consumed. The digital economy has prompted online organizations to facilitate the creation and exchange of information to new channels, partners, and developers with the goal of unlocking new business value for these consumers. Today, connecting businesses to their cross-channel customers is technically driven by Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs.

This white paper explores strategies for protecting APIs by first introducing how APIs are designed, and how similarities between web applications and APIs mark these endpoints as added targets for web attackers. We will also present the most common types of cyberattacks and conclude with a discussion on our recommended solution against API abuse.

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