Gartner Research

API Security Is a Fundamental Enabler of Digital Business

Published: 12 May 2016

ID: G00303186

Analyst(s): Mark O'Neill


Too many organizations see API management, and API security in particular, in purely defensive terms. Application leaders can use this research to learn instead how to leverage technologies such as OAuth to gain business advantage from APIs.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Adopt a Risk-Based Approach to Securing APIs
  • Apply a Bimodal Approach to API Security
  • Establish Responsibilities for API Security That Encompass Developers, Enterprise Security and Digital Business Stakeholders
    • Digital Business/Strategy Team
    • Developers and Application Architects
    • Operations
    • Identity Architect
    • Security Architect
    • Security and Compliance Team
    • Bringing All the Stakeholders Together
  • Understand the Role of API Security in All Contexts, Including Previews/Betas and Developer Hackathons
  • Bottom Line

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