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1/2/2020
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6 Security Team Goals for DevSecOps in 2020

Huge opportunities await security teams that are finally ready move the needle on security problems that have plagued organizations for years.
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Get a Handle on API Security

According to Akamai, some 83% of Web traffic today is now API traffic. You can chalk that up to the fanatical adoption of microservices architectures among DevOps acolytes, who understand that when you create software out of interchangeable, repeatable small parts, it's much easier to build, fix, and improve applications a little at a time without breaking things irrevocably. A huge part of that architectural shift depends on APIs to glue everything together.

That has made for more swiftly delivered and resilient software, but it has also created new security headaches.

'What used to be an internal call between application components in the world of monolithic applications of the past is now an API call often made over a public network and susceptible to attacks,' says Dmitry Sotnikov, vice president of cloud platform at 42Crunch, explaining that the speedy deployment of new microservices has greatly expanded software attack surfaces. 'It's also a huge challenge because rapid agile iterations of hundreds, if not thousands, of APIs within a single company make it impossible for the security team to manually control and enforce security policies and best practices across all of them.'

This will have security teams circling back to the automation goal to get a better handle on API security -- in discovery, testing, and remediation of vulnerabilities in code and configuration.

Image Source: Adobe (deepagopi2011)

Get a Handle on API Security

According to Akamai, some 83% of Web traffic today is now API traffic. You can chalk that up to the fanatical adoption of microservices architectures among DevOps acolytes, who understand that when you create software out of interchangeable, repeatable small parts, it's much easier to build, fix, and improve applications a little at a time without breaking things irrevocably. A huge part of that architectural shift depends on APIs to glue everything together.

That has made for more swiftly delivered and resilient software, but it has also created new security headaches.

"What used to be an internal call between application components in the world of monolithic applications of the past is now an API call often made over a public network and susceptible to attacks," says Dmitry Sotnikov, vice president of cloud platform at 42Crunch, explaining that the speedy deployment of new microservices has greatly expanded software attack surfaces. "It's also a huge challenge because rapid agile iterations of hundreds, if not thousands, of APIs within a single company make it impossible for the security team to manually control and enforce security policies and best practices across all of them."

This will have security teams circling back to the automation goal to get a better handle on API security -- in discovery, testing, and remediation of vulnerabilities in code and configuration.

Image Source: Adobe (deepagopi2011)

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