Choosing appropriate API security options will help you gain developer trust, increase API adoption, and build an effective API ecosystem. While APIs are the ‘coolest’ and most effective mechanism to expose business functionalities out towards the outside world and inward to other teams, API security requires learning new technologies (i.e. OAuth, MAC token profiles, and JSON Web Token [JWT]) and retrofitting existing identity management architecture with token chaining and identity brokering.
Many mobile application developers and architects find API security and identity options are arcane, jargon-filled, and confusing. They frequently ask whether selecting one choice over another is appropriate – and you need to cautiously identify and isolate tradeoffs. A robust API security platform can help guide you in the right direction.
API Security Basics
Security is not an afterthought. Incorporate security as an integral part of any application development project. The same approach applies to API development as well. API security has evolved significantly in the past five years. The recent standards growth has been exponential. OAuth and bearer tokens are the most widely adopted standard, and are possibly now the de-facto standard for API security.
What API security decisions should you consider?