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How to Prevent API Abuse

May 27, 2022

API abuse, when the API is used in an unexpected way, is a growing problem in software development and one of the leading attack vectors cybercriminals exploit. According to a recent security research report that surveyed more than 200 enterprise security professionals, there was a 21.32% growth in malicious API call volume between December 2020 and December 2021. The same study also established that 95% of respondents had suffered an API security incident in the past year. Read Full Story

How Can I Protect My Mobile API?

May 26, 2022

As any mobile developer knows, APIs are the foundation of any mobile app strategy. They allow developers to quickly and efficiently access the data and functionality they need to build amazing apps. This article outlines a 5 step checklist to make sure your mobile platform is adopting best practice security. Read Full Story

What Are the Most Common Types of Mobile Man-in-the-Middle Attacks?

May 18, 2022

A Man-in-the-Middle attack can come in multiple forms. This article describes these and how you can mitigate such attacks. Read Full Story

What Does Certificate Pinning Protect Against?

May 17, 2022

Certificate pinning is a security measure that mobile app developers can use to improve the security of their apps. It ensures that your app only connects with a backend API via TLS if the presented certificate chain includes at least one certificate public key that is known to be trusted. This means that the app is not simply reliant on the contents of the trust store on its device, but also requires an additional level of verification. Read Full Story

How is Certificate Pinning Done?

May 17, 2022

Certificate Pinning is a security technique that involves binding a cryptographic certificate to a specific host or domain. This ensures that the app and server communications are protected from man-in-the-middle attacks. Developers can use Certificate Pinning to safeguard against malicious certificates and ensure that only certificates issued by a trusted Certificate Authority (CA) are accepted. When used correctly, Certificate Pinning can be an effective security measure.  Read Full Story

Shielding APIs that Service Mobile Apps: Part 1 - Why?

February 8, 2022

In this series of articles, we are going to explore the why, what, how and when of shielding APIs that service mobile apps. Increasingly, mobile represents a special case when it comes to security and we will make the case for some explicit steps you should take if you are working within a company that relies on mobile apps to conduct its business. Read Full Story

What is Bank-Grade Security and is it Enough for 2022?

December 8, 2021

Many digital companies describe their platforms as being protected by ‘bank-grade security’. In this article, we will examine what is meant by this term and whether or not you should be comforted by it. Read Full Story

FHIR API Security Research - 3 Immediate Actions For Mobile Healthcare Companies

November 22, 2021

Considering the recent “Playing with FHIR” research report together with the earlier “All that We Let In” research report (which looked at the state of mHealth app/API security), it would be understandable if healthcare organizations were unsure of what immediate actions they should take. In this article we will focus on healthcare service companies who have patient or clinician mobile apps, for whom we will recommend 3 immediate steps which should be taken today. Read Full Story

How Certificate Pinning Helps Thwart Mobile MitM Attacks

November 9, 2021

Editor's note: This post was originally published in November 2021 in Cyber Defense Magazine. The massive deployment of mobile apps is presenting new attack surfaces to bad actors and the API channel between the apps and backend services is one of the 5 defined attack surfaces in the ecosystem. In this article we will explore the challenges of defending this channel and outline some practical steps you can take to put immediate protection in place. Read Full Story

Approov Dynamic Certificate Pinning

September 30, 2021

One of the key, if sometimes overlooked, features of Approov is its integrated support for dynamic certificate pinning. In this blog we explain how it works and its numerous advantages. Read Full Story