Digital transformation is behind the tremendous increase in API rollouts, enabling organizations to remain relevant and accelerate their business. APIs present new security risks, because APIs differ from software facing mainstream threats:
- APIs are published with no control over their use by clients, opening up an abuse mechanism.
- Many API use cases are machine-to-machine communication, rendering bot protections less effective.
- Organizations’ API estates change constantly as part of CI/CD strategies.
API Security Challenges
API security presents several security challenges: First, many security teams lack experience with either APIs or their vulnerabilities. Second, the expansive growth of API deployments compromises visibility into the API landscape, Finally, APIs face both vulnerabilities and abuse. For the former, we can focus our attention on the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) API Top 10 Vulnerabilities. The OWASP API top 10 vulnerabilities are detected by the Neosec platform using a combination of signature matching and behavioral detection models.
Read more about APIs, business logic abuse, and how the Neosec platform can help you uncover them with the use of powerful analytics and AI on our API Security Fundamentals page.
Neosec API Security
Neosec offers the most powerful way to protect your APIs from business abuse and data theft. With it, you discover more APIs quicker. Our cloud-based API security platform uses big data, AI, and behavioral analytics to reveal API abuse that other platforms miss. Neosec makes it easy to investigate, threat hunt, and prevent business logic abuse across your API estate.
OWASP API Top 10
The OWASP API top 10 vulnerabilities are detected by the Neosec platform using a combination of signature matching and behavioral detection models.
|OWASP API Top 10||Neosec Coverage||How Neosec Addresses The Vulnerability|
|API1: Broken Object Level Authorization||The Neosec platform has powerful tools to aid your defense again the Broken Object Level Authorization vulnerability. It classifies endpoints susceptible to BOLA exploitation based on received inputs such as enumerable parameters, as well as the learned relationships between values and users -- for example, endpoints that have one to one relationships between parameters and users or groups. In addition, the platform generates alerts on BOLA exploitation attempts.|
|API2: Broken User Authentication||The Neosec platform alerts on endpoints lacking required authentication or failing to follow authentication best practices. Authentication attacks such as brute force, credential stuffing or weak credentials also generate crucial alerts.|
|API3: Excessive Data Exposure||The Neosec platform labels all endpoints according to the data they expose, such as PII.name or PCI.Expiry. The platform generates alerts based on triggering endpoint labels or those that start to overshare data such exchanges to JSON response field behavior.|
|API4: Lack of Resources & Rate Limiting||The Neosec platform alerts you on endpoints lacking rate limits and also on attacks which rely on rate limiting not being set, such as credential stuffing, brute-force authentication, or various enumeration and fuzzing types.|
|API5: Broken Function Level Authorization||Data-rich behavioral timelines enable fast investigations of API client behavior such as user, API key and access tokens. Such investigations combined with alerts on suspicious privileged endpoint access and abnormal values passed to the API illustrate how, by gathering and analyzing data over time, the Neosec platform is the right solution to close BFLA vulnerabilities.|
|API6: Mass Assignment||The Neosec platform alerts on undocumented, or shadow, parameters, abnormal parameter values, and mass assignment attempts.|
|API7: Security Misconfiguration||Exposed API behavior is checked continuously against security configuration standards, common mistakes, and best practices delivering both alerts and a detailed API risk posture assessment.|
|API8: Injection||The Neosec platform alerts on injections and injection attempts using both signature matching and anomaly detection methods.|
|API9: Improper Assets Management||Continuous monitoring of exposed APIs provides an always up-to-date API Inventory, Including risk scoring and classification of the data exposed by each service and endpoint.
OpenAPI specificasion (OAS) (also known as Swagger) files can be downloaded, as well as uploaded, to the platform.
|API10: Insufficient Logging & Monitoring||Neosec ingests API activity data from a wide range of sources-from traffic mirroring through logs to API Integrations. All API activity data Is enriched with user and business entity context. as well as data classification, retained in the Neosec data lake, and is available for advanced querying and hunting. Examples include querying for sequences of events, or pivoting between entity timelines.
During Neosec deployment, insufficient logging and monitoring often is flagged, which can be remediated while data is being gathered.
Count on Neosec to help you find all the vulnerabilities identified in the OWASP API Top Ten list. And the Neosec platform goes well beyond vulnerabilities to identify crucial API abuses with AI and Big Data.
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