API Security Lives at the Heart of the Breach

Posted by David Geer on Feb 13, 2019 6:57:00 AM

*We are thrilled to introduce and feature David Geer on the ThreatX Blog. David is a content marketing writer and market influencer specializing in cybersecurity.*

You’ve heard that nation-state hackers stole 145 million consumer records in the 2017 Equifax breach. Did you know that this attack and breaches at Amazon, Facebook, T-Mobile, and the Black Hat security conference all targeted vulnerable APIs?

Thanks to APIs, your consumers, employees, and partners benefit from robust applications with rich features. But, cyberthugs profit too, because they can leverage APIs and their flaws to get to your data.

Thousands of new APIs become available each year on ProgrammableWeb.com alone. The global cloud API market will generate more than $1.7 billion in revenues by 2026, according to Persistence Market Research. With organizations like yours creating and using more APIs each year, the attack surface grows ever broader. Any solution must surround and secure your APIs, apps, and data despite the burgeoning landscape.

Read More

Topics: Threat Intelligence, Web, Application & Hybrid Cloud Security

Using Next-Gen WAFs to Solve Modern AppSec Problems

Posted by Mackenzie Jacobson on Feb 7, 2019 1:40:59 PM

Application security is undergoing a broad transformation - from the way applications are architected, developed, and deployed to the ever-evolving diversity and scale of the threats they face. Driving this transformation is the growing complexity of application portfolios, which are providing more engaging experiences for customers but are also housing increasingly more data. Often, this is accomplished through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), which can be both external-facing, as well as connected on back-end systems. In addition, applications are becoming more modular or are broken into microservices.

As a result, legacy, rules-based web application firewalls (WAFs) like F5 and Imperva Incapsula are not equipped to keep pace with today's dynamic application and threat environments. These tools are increasingly unable to keep up with sophisticated, high-impact threats. Security teams need the right tools and strategies built for these new realities. Enter, the next-gen WAF.

Read More

Topics: Web, Application & Hybrid Cloud Security

Key Points for Building and Connecting Security-Friendly APIs

Posted by Andrew Useckas | CTO on Jan 30, 2019 7:57:27 AM

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are growing at an unprecedented rate. According to ProgrammableWeb, there were more than 20,600 APIs as of January 2019. That's nearly a 230% increase in the last decade. And while APIs are better suited for today's high-powered business model, they present a myriad of security challenges that must be addressed. 

Read More

Topics: Web, Application & Hybrid Cloud Security

Top 6 Questions Around API and Microservices Security, Answered

Posted by Kelly Brazil | VP of Sales Engineering on Jan 21, 2019 1:47:08 PM

Last week we had a great webcast and discussion on the topic of securing APIs and microservice architectures. Based on the feedback during the webcast and the many conversations we have with prospects, this is becoming a very hot topic (and source of frustration) for many of you in application security.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise given that these two topics are shifting some of the fundamental assumptions that old-school WAFs have relied on for years. Instead of everything coming in through the front door, applications are increasingly accessed via APIs that can be both Internet-facing, as well as connected on the back-end. Likewise, as applications become more modular and broken into microservices, the old appliance-based model of WAFs is increasingly out of the loop in terms of seeing and enforcing application traffic.

Many of the questions we received in the webinar mirrored questions and challenges we regularly hear in the field when engaging with AppSec teams. So with that in mind, I wanted to quickly run through, and provide answers to, some of those questions.

Read More

Topics: Web, Application & Hybrid Cloud Security

How to Secure APIs & Microservices with a Next-Gen WAF

Posted by Mackenzie Jacobson on Jan 8, 2019 12:17:18 PM

APIs have become a strategic necessity for conducting business due to the agility, innovation, and automation they enable. While 90% of the business reaps the benefits of this technology, the security teams are often exposed to a slew of new challenges that can’t be solved by long-standing security tools and strategies. In fact, according to Gartner1, by 2022, API abuses will be the most frequent attack vector resulting in data breaches for enterprise web applications. We are partnering with the team at SC Magazine to address this phenomenon in an upcoming webinar.

Read More

Topics: Web, Application & Hybrid Cloud Security

Machine Learning in Cybersecurity - Demystifying Buzzwords & Getting to the Truth

Posted by Jeremiah Cruit | CISO on Dec 27, 2018 8:46:59 AM

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to discuss the role of machine learning in security with Dave Shackleford from SANS. It was a fun discussion, and if you have the time, I encourage you to check it out here.

Read More

Topics: Web, Application & Hybrid Cloud Security

Too Little Too Late: ThreatX Predicts Cyber Vulnerabilities Will Go Largely Unaddressed...with Dire Consequences

Posted by Mackenzie Jacobson on Dec 20, 2018 3:39:53 PM

It's hard to believe, but the New Year is nearly upon us. 2018 was a busy year for cybersecurity, between regulatory changes and massive data breaches. Security teams were faced with obstacles that had never before been encountered and were forced to adapt. And while the year is coming to a close, the challenges are far from over. With new vulnerabilities arising from IoT-enabled innovations, an increase in sophisticated attacks due to bots leveraging AI, and the potential for a catastrophic breach in an established sector like utilities, 2019 is shaping up to be a challenging year on the cybersecurity front.

Read More

Topics: Web, Application & Hybrid Cloud Security, Company | News

The Rise of the Attacker-Centric Web Application Firewall (WAF)

Posted by Jeremiah Cruit | CISO on Dec 10, 2018 9:56:41 AM

In this series of blog posts, we have been analyzing the major forces that are reshaping the way the industry approaches application security.In this post, we lay out the foundations for a new approach to security that not only solves the problems of the old approach to web application firewalls (WAFs), but also addresses the new challenges posed by the changing application and threat landscapes. In case you missed any of the previous sections, you can check them out here:

Read More

Topics: Web, Application & Hybrid Cloud Security

Threat X Labs - Blog

Arm yourself with information and insights on the latest cybersecurity trends to defend against today's most advanced cyber criminals with articles from the leader in SaaS-based web application firewall solutions.

Subscribe Here!

Recent Posts

Follow Me