An Application Programming Interface (API) is a set of programming codes that allows the seamless integration between various software applications, processes, and users. The machine-readable interface is fundamentally built to exchange data and functionality without modifying an existing application, enabling cross-platform consistency while reducing the manual overhead of developing and maintaining a tech stack. While APIs offer enormous benefits to modern application delivery, the interface is also susceptible to cyberattacks without security practices and tools. Therefore, paying attention to your API security and regularly testing APIs for vulnerabilities is especially important.
This guide discusses common vulnerabilities associated with Application Programming Interfaces, API attack types, and recommended best practices to prevent API attacks.