Akamai launched App & API Protector, the company’s next-generation API and Web Application Protection (WAAP) solution. It provides a holistic set of protections designed for today’s modern applications and APIs with smart automation and simplicity.
Last month, Akamai released its latest State of the Internet / Security report, âAPI: The Attack Surface That Connects Us All,â which highlighted the challenges organizations face in the evolving threat landscape, especially as APIs reported by Gartner will be the most common. online attack vector by 2022. In fact, by design, API calls are easier and faster to automate than other software terminals, making them an increasingly attractive target for cybercriminals.
With App & API Protector, Akamai customers have a unique integrated WAAP solution designed to deliver the best security outcomes without compromising on simplicity and ease of use. The main advantages include:
Automatic API discovery and security – Mitigate API risks and vulnerabilities through continuous discovery of known, unknown, and evolving APIs. API requests are automatically discovered and inspected for malicious code; and optional API security controls can be applied at the edge to enable positive API security models. Gartner’s 2021 Critical Capabilities Report ranked Akamai # 1 for the API Programmability and Security use case.
Adaptive and more precise detections – Detect up to twice as many attacks compared to traditional rule sets. Adaptive Threat-Based Detection uses a multidimensional threat assessment model that combines the intelligence of Akamai’s platform with data / metadata from every web and API request. This data is processed with decision-making logic that accurately identifies and stops stealth attacks with surgical-grade precision.
Continuous self-adjustment – Akamai’s Adaptive Security Engine not only keeps pace with rapidly evolving threats, but reduces false positives by up to five times to ease the effort required to maintain and adjust policies. Security triggers, whether real attacks or those mistakenly identified as attacks, are automatically and continuously analyzed with machine learning to provide very precise policy-by-policy tuning recommendations with an in-depth implementation. a click.
Integrated bot mitigation – Automatically detect and mitigate unwanted bots with built-in bot visibility and mitigation capabilities. Akamai’s bot technology offers a large repository of over 1,500 known bots and offers customers the ability to create and define bots to proactively monitor scans and prevent attacks. For more persistent and conflicting bot operators, Akamai offers its industry-leading Bot Manager solution to mitigate this threat.
Automatic updates – Activate a âhands offâ approach to WAAP with adaptive protections fully managed by Akamai. Our security researchers use machine learning and data mining techniques to continuously analyze over 303TB of daily attack data and automatically update protections against the latest threats. Customers can also opt for manual / evaluation mode of operation to minimize any unexpected impact from new updates.
Simplified DevOps integration – Easily integrate WAAP functionality using Akamai CLI, Terraform, or scripts in the CI / CD automation pipeline. Enable rapid application integration, ensure uniform management of security policies across large application and API portfolios, and centralize security enforcement across hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures.
âAs the online threat landscape continues to evolve, the need for a holistic and adaptive approach to web application and API security is clear. With the introduction of our new App & API Protector, Akamai customers now have a single, comprehensive solution that makes sophisticated protection extremely simple, âsaid Amol Mathur, vice president of product management at Akamai . âIt builds on Akamai’s proven security technologies, introducing new levels of sophisticated and automated intelligence to keep our customers ahead of cybercriminals.
In September, Akamai was named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Application and API Protection and ranked # 1 in Execution Ability among companies rated for their ability to protect web applications and APIs. In addition, Akamai also received the highest scores for three of the four use cases in the 2021 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Cloud Web Application and API Protection report, including the API security use case.