API security is a top concern for many organizations that are exposing their data and services to third-party developers. While APIs can offer a great way to extend your reach and capabilities, they can also be a major security risk if not properly managed.
In this blog, we take a look at the top 5 API security issues that companies need to watch out for:
1. Insufficient Authentication and Authorization
One of the most common API security issues is weak or no authentication and authorization. This can allow unauthorized access to data and services that should be protected. Make sure your API requires strong authentication and authorization, and that you have proper controls in place to ensure only authorized users can access your API.
2. Insecure Data Transmission
Another common API security issue is insecure data transmission. This can occur if data is not properly encrypted when it is transmitted from the API to the client. Make sure your API uses secure protocols such as HTTPS to encrypt data in transit.
3. SQL Injection
SQL injection is a type of attack that can allow an attacker to execute malicious SQL code on your database. This can be done through your API if it does not properly sanitize user input. Make sure your API properly sanitizes all user input to prevent SQL injection attacks.
4. Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
Cross-site scripting (XSS) is a type of attack that can allow an attacker to inject malicious code into a web page. This can be done through your API if it does not properly sanitize user input. Make sure your API properly sanitizes all user input to prevent XSS attacks.
5. Broken Object-Level Authorization
Object-level authorization is a type of security that controls access to specific objects. This can be an issue if your API does not properly check object-level authorization for each API call. Make sure your API properly checks object-level authorization for each API call to prevent unauthorized access to data and services.