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The Solution

Implement defense-in-depth and Zero Trust security strategies to ensure comprehensive protection for your APIs and microservices – in the cloud, on-premises, or at the edge.

Advanced Protection

Go beyond basic protection from the OWASP API Security Top 10 with advanced security that detects over 7,500 attack signatures

Security as Code

Enable a shift-left strategy with declarative API security policies that integrate directly into your CI/CD pipelines

Actionable Insights

Mitigate attacks before they result in damage with real-time threat intelligence to identify unique attack signatures

API Security Use Case diagram

Why Use API Security for Modern Applications?

  • Access Control
  • Data Encryption
  • Runtime Protection

Secure Access to Data and Services

Implement identity-based security strategies with fine-grained API access control policies:

  • Authentication – Integrate with identity providers and manage access to your APIs and platform using API keys or OpenID Connect (OIDC)
  • Authorization – Apply fine-grained controls to manage who can access specific resources using OAuth 2.0 or JSON Web Tokens (JWTs)
  • Access Control Lists – Apply positive security using whitelists based on IP address, client IDs, JWT claims, or blacklist-specific IP ranges

Encrypt and Shield Data from Attacks

Prevent data exfiltration and protect API traffic in transit:

  • Data Guard – Prevent the exfiltration of sensitive data by detecting and masking credit card numbers and social security numbers in API responses
  • Mutual TLS – Ensure that API requests come from legitimate, authenticated users to prevent common attacks
  • End-to-End Encryption – Encrypt “east-west” communication within a data center or cloud to protect sensitive data

Protect APIs from Common and Advanced Threats

Detect and block API attacks with real-time monitoring and protection:

  • API Abuse Protection – Go beyond protection from the basic OWASP API Security Top 10 with advanced security that detects over 7,500 attack signatures and threat campaigns
  • Modern Protocols – Defend REST, gRPC, GraphQL, and WebSocket APIs from even the most sophisticated attacks
  • OpenAPI Specification (OAS) Validation – Allow API requests and responses that conform to the APIs expected behavior and deny any non-conforming requests and responses

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