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Mamoon Yunus

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API Security is complex. Vendors like Forum Systems, IBM, CA and Axway have invested almost two decades of engineering effort and significant capital in building API Security stacks to lockdown APIs. The API Security stack diagram shown below is a building block for rapidly locking down APIs. The four fundamental pillars of API Security - SSL, Identity, Content Validation and deployment architecture - are discussed in detail below. Here are four fundamental steps that an enterprise can take to ensure that their APIs attack surface area is significantly reduced. To implement API Security: Enable SSL: One can rapidly protect API traffic by enabling SSL and changing http to https. This is a good first step in protecting the traffic from an API consumer to an API producer, however, the following items should be considered in tightening secure API communication: Check X... (more)

API Security: OWASP 2017 RC1 Gets It Right | @CloudExpo #API #SOA #Microservices

API Security has finally entered our security zeitgeist. OWASP Top 10 2017 - RC1 recognized API Security as a first class citizen by adding it as number 10, or A-10 on its list of web application vulnerabilities. We believe this is just the start. The attack surface area offered by API is orders or magnitude larger than any other attack surface area. Consider the fact the APIs expose cloud services, internal databases, application and even legacy mainframes over the internet. What could go wrong? API Security has been added to OWASP Top 10 2017 - RC1. This is a commendable step... (more)

Why is a Cloud Gateway Required?

Gateway Sessions at Cloud Expo Security has been on the forefront of discussion in the technology community as being the primary concern gating enterprise adoption of cloud computing. Although this is a valid concern, most cloud providers, owing to the security demands of maintaining a multi-tenant infrastructure, provide strong security provisions, perhaps better than an enterprise's own data center. Legal, compliance and process issues become more significant rather than technical security concerns. Moving into 2010, reliability will be a higher concern for enterprises. Recent ou... (more)

The Guillotine Effect of Cloud Computing

David Linthicum wrote an intriguing article titled "Cloud Computing will kill these three technologies" in which he writes obituaries for: i) Design-Time Governance ii) Older and Smaller Clouds and iii) Tier 2 Enterprise Software Providers. Of these predictions, the one that resonates most is design-time governance. Design-Time Service Governance:  I am particularly happy to see this category listed on the chopping block (from David's perspective) and here is why. Over the last decade or so, we have seen significant run-time SOA Governance deployments at the edge of an enterprise ... (more)

Strategies for Securing Enterprise-to-Cloud Communication

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) published Version 2.1 of its Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing with a significant and comprehensive set of recommendations that enterprises should incorporate within their security best practices if they are to use cloud computing in a meaningful way. The Guidance provides broad recommendations for operational security concerns including application security, encryption & key management, and identity & access management. In this article, we will consider security implications of REST- and SOAP-based communication between co... (more)