Posts tagged with security
Covering Your Assets: Data Encryption in API Management
In a world where APIs are quickly becoming the standard, most of us understand the importance of following best practices for API security. We authenticate, authorize and throttle requests. We encrypt the data that we share with other applications (hopefully!). But we often neglect one of the most essential components of the API layer: data storage.
Cover yourself up! Protecting your APIs with mutual auth
The last thing you want after carefully setting up your system with apiman is for someone to be able to call around the gateway and hit your APIs directly. The typical solution for this is to lock down your network so that the only publicly accessible part is the apiman gateway, whilst APIs are hidden in the private part of the network, which apiman can access, but not someone in the outside world. However, in some situations fine-grained network controls may not be available, such as the cloud; or, you may wish to have an additional layer of security to be reassured that no funny business is going on (such as imposters).
The class of solutions to this problem generally falls under the banner of mutual authentication. One such mutual auth offering apiman supports is Mutually Authenticated TLS.
Keycloak and dagger: Securing your APIs with OAuth2
One great advantage of API Management is centralising auth concerns, thereby avoiding burdensome reimplementation issues and streamlining your security processes. The good news is that you can easily configure apiman to handle many common auth use-cases, such as OAuth2 with our popular Keycloak OAuth2 policy which I’ll outline in this blogpost.
CORS? Of Course!
For those unfamiliar with CORS, it’s a way of precisely defining who and how a remote origin may invoke an API’s resources. Generally, due to the same-origin policy, a web browser will only allow the invocation of resources that reside on the same origin as the requesting page. This mitigates a range of malicious script attacks by preventing interaction with remote resources.
However, if we want our resource to be callable by some (or all) other origins, then we need to define a CORS policy which lets user agent know what’s allowed.
apiman Policy and Endpoint Security
In this, the fifth article in the series on apiman, JBoss’ new API Management framework, we’ll examine how apiman enables you to provide security for your managed APIs at the policy level, and at the endpoint level for its managed and unmanaged endpoints.