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7 Ways to Defend Mobile Apps and APIs from Cyberattacks

September 6, 2021

Editor's note: This post was originally published in September 2021 in Threatpost. There are two essential elements driving progress in today's digital-first economy: Mobile applications and APIs. An API (Application Programming Interface) is software that allows applications to communicate and exchange data with each other.  Read Full Story

API-First Strategies Require API-First Security

August 3, 2021

Editor's note: This post was originally published in July 2021 in ToolBox. Back in 2017, Gartner predicted that API abuse would be the most frequent attack vector for data breaches by 2022. Two years later, when exposed APIs already made up 40% of the attack surface for web-enabled applications, the research and advisory company estimated that figure to soar to 90% by 2021.  Read Full Story

The Mobile Attack Pyramid

July 13, 2021

Editor's note: This post was originally published in July 2021 in Cyber Defense Magazine. A regular pyramid has 5 surfaces, 4 sloping ones and another as its base. In this article we will walk through the mobile attack pyramid, discussing each of the 5 attack surfaces and recommending best practice for protecting them. Read Full Story

Guest Blog: Alissa Knight on ‘Playing with FHIR’

June 2, 2021

We are delighted to be hosting some unique content from our friend and recovering hacker Alissa Knight. This is the third blog in a series about the security risks exposed by the push to adopt FHIR APIs in US healthcare. Read Full Story

Clubhouse Needs A Bouncer

February 26, 2021

Even if you only have a vague interest in app security I’m sure the recent furore around Clubhouse hasn’t escaped your attention. There is significant buzz around this invite-only iOS app. Enabling live audio chat rooms between participants, it sets the expectation that these interactions are somewhat private and certainly not recorded.  With big celebrity names such as Elon Musk, Kanye West and Oprah Winfrey as users there is a significant demand for a coveted invite. Read Full Story

Balancing Mobile App and API Protection

January 18, 2021

A common discussion that comes up with customers is how they should consider the security requirements of their mobile apps and of the APIs that service them. A recent incident involving Nissan provides a reminder of how easily best laid protections can unravel. Read Full Story

Man-in-the-Middle: Myths and Legends

January 6, 2021

Man-in-the-Middle (MitM), or more correctly Person-in-the-Middle, is the technique of inserting yourself into API traffic to observe or manipulate requests and transactions as they pass by. In this article we’ll look at how it’s done and what you should do to prevent it, exploding a few misapprehensions on the way. Read Full Story

App and API Level Security for Connected Car Platforms

December 9, 2020

In 2009, the app economy officially kicked off with the Apple trademarked refrain “There’s an app for that.” A decade later, the mobile app is the center of gravity of the digital economy, transforming how we shop, bank, read, commute, socialize, work, travel, manage our health, and much more. Today, it seems, if there’s no app for that, then it’s probably not a fully digital experience. Read Full Story

Securing API Keys for Robust Mobile API Security

December 4, 2020

It’s been nearly half a decade since Gartner declared the API economy open, hailing it the enabler that could transform businesses into platforms. Since then, APIs have significantly evolved beyond their rather simple origins as middleware integration tools. Read Full Story

Root and Jailbreak - To Ban or Not to Ban?

November 4, 2020

Rooting Android phones and jailbreaking Apple phones are generally considered to be bad things to do and strong indicators of evil intent. In this article we will explore this position a little deeper and dig into the topic. We’ll discover that the truth is much more nuanced than that and one size does indeed not fit all. Finally we will propose the methodology you should consider when setting your security policies. Read Full Story