Akana 2015 Survey Points to API Security Becoming a CXO Level Concern
Findings Reveal API Security Gaining Priority but Implementation and Maturity Disparities Continue
LAS VEGAS, April 4, 2015 – Akana, a leading provider of API Management, API Security and Cloud Integration solutions, today released the findings of its Global State of API Security Survey 2015 of over 250 security practitioners. Respondents include CSOs, CISOs, and security architects, with over 50% of the executives from large global organizations. Aimed at quantifying the maturity of API security practices among the leading digital enterprises, the survey results reveal that while the majority of respondents are taking steps to secure API access, only few had taken steps to ensure that sensitive data was being securely handled in the Apps that access their APIs.
This is the first survey conducted by Akana on API Security. They undertook the survey in light of APIs fast becoming a dominant channel of exchanging data between both external and internal audiences and services. Just as the emergence of Web brought web-based threats and resulting countermeasures to the forefront, the survey indicated universal recognition from security practitioners of increasing threats and vulnerabilities that are unique to the API channel.
Key Survey Findings:
The survey suggests an emerging digital divide as high-performing companies embrace core digital capabilities and APIs to move ahead. As APIs are gaining adoption, enterprises need to recognize and take steps to mitigate the additional threat vectors to their data and organizations.
"APIs are new enough in the enterprise that people want the latest on how industry peers are dealing with security threats," said Roberto Medrano, EVP at Akana. "We felt there was an opportunity to ask others to share their insights and worries. The survey report should be a helpful starting point for determining best practices in API security going forward."