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API security: A guide to securing your digital channels

Malicious assaults and denial-of-service attacks are increasingly targeting enterprise applications as back-end systems become more accessible and usable through cloud, mobile and in on-premise environments. The API is a major point of vulnerability, given its ability to offer programmatic access to external parties with few organically available controls. Security, therefore, is an essential element of any organization's API strategy. While API security shares a lot of aspects that are common to both web site security and network security, it is also fundamentally different both in terms of usage patterns as well as the unique areas of additional risks that APIs are susceptible to. For instance APIs move the boundary of interaction from the web tier to the backend applications and data sources directly. The purpose of this paper is to help you understand the necessary components of a well-constructed API security strategy. First it takes you through API risk assessment discussing the various attack vectors that could potentially make your API vulnerable. Then the paper talks about risk mitigation strategies that API providers can put in place to prevent API hacks.

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Large bank: Bulding a digital payments platform

In 2014, a large bank performed an internal assessment to project necessary infrastructure changes. The team’s challenge was to anticipate current and future market trends and opportunities. The bank’s resources focused on revenue strategy and tactical development to roll out profitable, new initiatives. Energy was directed into exploring successful channels for its core competencies. This action lead to creating a successful and profitable next generation digital payments platform for the strongest areas of the bank: Business and retail banking as well as wealth management.

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Skandia Nordic

Skandia Nordic, a global insurance and banking company based in Sweden, began to expose system functionality as web services on the Microsoft platform in order to gain a single view of their customers. The effort was successful but the company quickly realized they needed a unified governance solution for the growing number of web services being built on BizTalk and WCF. Skandia selected Akana Service Manager and Policy Manager to achieve automated SOA governance.

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