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Global Data Diaries | October 15, 2021

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

View from Peter Lancos, CEO

"Welcome to eXate's Global Data Diaries. This week we will focus on API security and its importance in today’s API-centric world."

Technology advancements have made the entire world available at our fingertips. In just a matter of moments, we are able to access information, make purchases or chat with anyone, anywhere and at anytime. It is APIs that make this possible. Considering the fact that they connect the entire globe, it is no surprise that they exchange large amounts of information. By 2022, API abuses will become the most frequent attack vector, predicts Gartner. For hackers, data exchanged through APIs are the lowest hanging fruit.

Some of the reasons API attacks have increased include:

  1. APIs are pervasive

  2. The value of APIs and Data has risen

  3. There is a lack of API security awareness

  4. Traditional IT security measures do not suffice

  5. Many API catalogues are unknown/ Organisations do not know what APIs they are using

  6. Most APIs are vulnerable to security attacks

Securing the information that is channelled via these APIs is absolutely vital. One of these solutions, the DataSecOps principles, are the brainchild of eXate. These principles target API security at its very core, integrating Data, Security and Operations.

To learn more about our universal data privacy platform first-hand, book a free demonstration with us, or read more on why data compliance is important here.


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