5 Bad Practices that Lead to Insecure APIs in Cloud Computing  

31 March 2021:

Public cloud APIs unlock numerous, productive possibilities for developers. These interfaces bring core features to applications and connect apps and programs to external services. Properly integrated APIs benefit all users and bolster a service's value proposition on the software market.

That said, insecure APIs in cloud computing can expose environments to malicious threats. Businesses have a responsibility to provide safe products, but sometimes mistakes lead to security issues. Here are just a few examples of oversights that can lead to trouble:

  • failure to vet APIs, or perform a thorough code review prior to implementation;
  • developers not configuring their APIs properly; and
  • a lack of obfuscation with business logic and endpoints.

These three cases hardly scratch the surface when evaluating common API vulnerabilities. Below, we will review common threats and poor practices to watch out for that create insecure APIs in cloud computing.

1. Unwanted exposure
A good API offers relevant functionality and end-user feedback, either when something goes awry or works as expected. An end user doesn't see what happens in the background. All inputs are supplied on the front end, via the GUI.

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Source: Search Cloud Computing

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