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Managing the hidden risks of shadow APIs

February 2, 2024

Application programming interfaces (APIs) play a significant role in today’s digital economy, but at the same time they can also represent a data security vulnerability.

While APIs serve as building blocks to modern app development, their proliferation and sprawl have also been exploited by bad actors targeting web apps to initiate data breaches, account takeover, fraud and other threats.

API endpoints increase an application’s attack surface area and introduce vulnerabilities and compliance issues that traditional app security tools struggle to mitigate. Compounding the problem are the countless outdated or undocumented APIs, dubbed shadow APIs, that connect to applications which organizations have long forgotten or hardly ever use.

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