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Secure your APIs with IBM API Connect

By Gabriel Marte Blanco posted Thu September 21, 2023 10:00 AM


In a world where APIs are becoming more relevant and widely used in everything around us, it makes sense to think about API security and how to best protect sensitive API data from potential vulnerabilities but how do we do that? There are many ways but IBM API Connect should be first on the list.

Protect sensitive API data from vulnerabilities

IBM API Connect offers a range of capabilities to secure, control, and mediate access to your APIs. Control access to APIs through authentication IBM API Connect offers a range of capabilities to secure, control, and mediate access to your APIs. Control access to APIs through authentication and authorization using OAuth, OpenID Connect, and third-party services. Deploy anywhere, from a DMZ to co-located with your cloud-native apps and microservices, protecting access at runtime, anywhere.

Secure to the core

IBM API Connect offers multiple layers of protection for your data and services through a signed, encrypted gateway and trusted API secuirty policies.

  • Open Authentication (OAth): Secure API access with OAuth, a token-based authorization protocol that alows third-party websites or applications to access user data without requiring the user to share personal information.

  • Transport Layer Security (TLS): Secure transmission of data over the network to better protect sensitive information against man-in-the-middle attacks like eavesdropping and data tampering.

  • User registry authentication: Enable authentication of users and securing APIs, including LDAP directory, Authentication URL and SCIM by supporting various enterprise user registry types.

Benefits of Securing Your APIs

  • Secure: IBM® DataPower® Gateway (included with IBM API Connect) is a trusted, security-hardened gateway designed for high performance and enterprise-grade security, with the highest level of assurance certification to protect your critical business applications.

  • Efficient: DataPower Gateway delivers enterprise-grade security and high performance without the need for multiple gateways.

  • Reliable: DataPower Gateway can achieve up to 30,000 TPS, and we publish performance data across both simple and robust policy use cases for full transparency.

Manage security in IBM API Connect

Use trusted technologies like TLS profiles, user registries and LTPA keys through API Manager to help manage protection of sensitive data from security risks. Learn how to secure your APIs.

  • Design View: Use the intuitive API Editor graphical user interface to manage your API security.

  • Source View: Easily switch to source code to manage your security needs with a simple toggle.

  • Policies editor: Help secure APIs using a visual drag-and-drop policy editor that offers a palette of API policies.

  • Authentication options: Choose your authentication — from basic with API keys to modern third-party OAuth.

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