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Instagram API Security – Too Little Too Late

By | Date posted: September 1, 2017

The Instagram API vulnerability was exposed via a REST API used by the Instagram Mobile App to perform a password reset.  By capturing the format that the Instagram App used to make the password reset, a brute force attack was then created to iterate permutations on this API to extract information about other users returned back in JSON format.

This attack was exposed because of the lack of API security mechanisms protecting the API. An Instagram spokesman told Fox News. “We fixed the bug swiftly and are running a thorough investigation.” Guess what, too little too late! With API breaches, the damage is done.

This is precisely why API Security should not be left solely in the hands of API developers. Developing secure APIs is certainly the right intent and approach, but there is simply no way that developers should be tasked with understanding and protecting against all of the security threat vectors that exist in the API realm. This would be akin to foregoing a corporate firewall, and instead just relying on your developers to prevent network attacks.

API breaches represent the continuing saga of cloud and mobile applications being exposed by API development toolkits that do not have inherent API security capabilities enabled. This is largely because API developers are not security specialists and API toolkits and API Management platforms are not security platforms. This increasing trend of API vulnerabilities will continue until the industry recognizes the need for API Security Gateway technology to protect their APIs. If you have a Web Application, you use a Web Application Firewall (WAF) to protect it, you don’t rely on your developers to protect the application. If you have an API, you use an API Security Gateway to protect it, you don’t rely on your developers for this.

The API Security wake-up call is growing louder each day, breach by breach.

Cloud(ed) Judgment: OneLogin’s Breach Continues to Fuel the Security Debate

By | Date posted: June 26, 2017
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When it comes to the next big data breach, it’s never a matter of if, but a discussion of when.

This time, the target was identity and access management firm OneLogin, which recently shut down its U.S. data center due to compromised Amazon Web Services (AWS) keys. With the company serving more than 2,000 enterprises across 44 countries, the incident has been referred to as a “massive leak” and once again raised questions about cloud security.

As we continue to learn, everything that the cloud represents is great… until it’s not.
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The President’s New EO Gets the Gist of NIST

By | Date posted: June 8, 2017

President Trump introduced his long-awaited Cybersecurity Executive Order last month. While some focused on its similarities to EO 13636 issued by the Obama administration more than four years earlier, we were more concerned with, and quite frankly, excited by, the fact that it (rightly) cast a renewed spotlight on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework.

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Trust, but Verify: The Missing Link in IAM

By | Date posted: May 18, 2017
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Identity and Access Management (IAM) is well-entrenched in enterprise and government infrastructures.

However, in our API-driven world, merely establishing a “trusted user” – e.g., a device or a person – and granting them access to information provides an incomplete security profile. Lacking the ability to inspect the bidirectional flow of data traversing our modern computing architectures, IAM technologies cannot answer the two most critical questions about trusted users:

What information are they bringing into the network?

What information are they removing from the network?

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PSD2: An Open Concept in Banking Mandating the Use of APIs

By | Date posted: April 25, 2017
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A revolution is occurring in European banking and APIs are leading the way.

Adopted in 2007, the Payment Services Directive (PSD) “provides the legal foundation for an EU single market for payments, to establish safer and more innovative payment services across the EU.” Legislated by the European Commission, the objective of the PSD “is to make cross-border payments as easy, efficient and secure as ‘national’ payments within a Member State.”

To accommodate the rapid rise of new online payment providers – third-party payment providers (TPPs) – the European Commission proposed a revision in 2013. Building on the PSD’s key principles, PSD2 was ‘born’ to make payments safer and more secure, enhance consumer protection, foster innovation and promote competition while ensuring a level playing field for all payment service providers.

In force since 2016, EU Member States must implement PSD2 by January 2018.

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(Cloud)Flare Up: What you Need to Know about Ticketbleed

By | Date posted: March 2, 2017
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As you’ve likely seen, last month, Cloudflare Engineer and crypto expert Filippo Valsorda discovered a software bug in F5 appliances. Named “Ticketbleed,” since it leaks SSL session identities like the famed Heartbleed, the vulnerability is in the transport layer security (TLS) stack of certain F5 products that allows a remote attacker to extract up to 31 bytes of uninitialized memory at a time. F5 has since issued a patch for the vulnerability, cataloged as CVE-2016-9244, but we decided to take a closer look.
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Protecting Against OAuth Hacks

By | Date posted: November 18, 2016
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In this latest reported OAuth 2.0 hack entitled “One OAuth 2.0 hack, 1 Billion Android App Accounts potentially exposed“, it has been discovered that:

“…A remote simple hack devised by a group of security researchers threatens an amazing number of Android and iOS apps. An attacker can use the technique to sign into any victim’s mobile app account without any knowledge of the legitimate user…”

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Why API Management Caught Google’s Eye

By | Date posted: October 27, 2016
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Anytime one of the world’s largest and most innovative brands puts more than a half-billion dollars into an M&A deal, the market sits up and takes notice. But, when the deal involves one of the key players in the API Management space, well, it takes on an added significance.

It has been a little more than a month since Apigee announced its acquisition by Google for $625 million. What does the event mean to the broader industry – for us here at Forum Systems?

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OPM Breach Proves Einstein Cybersecurity Not Enough

By | Date posted: June 8, 2015
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It should come as no surprise to anyone that a major breach has occurred at OPM and took many months to detect. For far too long the cybersecurity industry has focused attempts at trying to understand a network through heuristics and analytics without the capability to enforce what the systems in the network are actually meant to do, and what information they are meant to receive and send. Read more