API Security Trends: Retail & eCommerce
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In recent years, the retail industry has witnessed a significant shift from traditional brick-and-mortar stores to e-commerce platforms. This transition has been driven by changing consumer preferences, advancements in technology, and the increasing convenience of online shopping. APIs have played a crucial role in facilitating this transformation and enabling retailers to thrive in the digital landscape.
APIs serve as the backbone of e-commerce operations, allowing retailers to connect various systems, applications, and services seamlessly. They enable retailers to integrate their online storefronts with backend inventory management systems, payment gateways, shipping providers, customer relationship management (CRM) tools, and other essential components. With that said, API security plays a critical role in ensuring the trust, integrity, and confidentiality of online business operations.
APIs act as gateways that connect various systems and applications, making them attractive targets for cybercriminals seeking to exploit vulnerabilities. A successful API breach can lead to the exposure of sensitive customer information, such as personal details, payment card data, and purchase history. For these reasons, this Fortune 500 Fashion Retailer turned to Noname Security for help, as they had been previously unsatisfied with their relationship with Salt Security.
The Fortune 500 Retailer was looking to create a complete end to end workflow in mitigating API security risks beyond web application firewalls and API gateways. This would require a solid API security strategy with robust controls for API governance. They also had a focus on bot mitigation – ultimately distinguishing between legitimate users and malicious bots, allowing organizations to protect their systems, data, and user experience.
Given the size of the project, the retailer and Noname agreed on a phased approach. Phase one would entail locating all of their APIs, classifying sensitive data, implementing detection and response, as well as integrating with Spunk. Phase two would entail pivoting to a shift-left API security testing approach to expedite the creation of secure code.
Despite phase one being a tall order, the Noname team was able to deploy Noname’s API discovery and runtime protection modules, while executing the Splunk integration, in just 120 days. API discovery plays a crucial role in managing API sprawl. It involves the systematic identification and cataloging of all APIs within an organization. By maintaining a centralized repository of APIs, their developers can easily search and discover existing APIs before embarking on new development efforts. This helps eliminate duplication and promotes reuse, saving time and effort.
The Noname Runtime Protection module uses automated AI and ML-based detection to identify API vulnerabilities, including data leakage, data tampering, data policy violations, suspicious behavior, and API security attacks. The Fortune 500 Retailer can ensure the security and integrity of their APIs, protect sensitive data, and maintain the trust of their users and partners.
Now that the retailer has successfully deployed phase one, they are now pivoting their sights to executing phase two. Noname Security Active Testing is a purpose-built API security testing solution that will understand the retailer’s unique business logic and provides comprehensive coverage of API-specific vulnerabilities. Active Testing will help them shift left and bake API security testing into every phase of development.