Cybercrime , Finance & Banking , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

API Security: Making Sense of the Market

Cequence CTO Mehta on API Security Concerns, Solutions
API Security: Making Sense of the Market
Shreyans Mehta, Cequence Security

APIs ubiquitous in the enterprise today, being exposed to customers, partners and applications. But because they are relied on so heavily, they also are targeted by cybercriminals. Shreyans Mehta, co-founder and CTO of Cequence Security, discusses the API security challenge.

"With our customer base today, we are seeing more attacks over APIs than on traditional web channels," Mehta says. "This is primarily because it's simply easier to attack these channels."

In an interview about API security, Mehta discusses:

  • The surge in API usage;
  • Corresponding surge in API exploits;
  • The Cequence approach to API security.

Mehta is an innovator in network security and holds several patents in the field. Before co-founding Cequence Security, he was architect and technical director at Symantec, where he led the development of one of the most advanced network security platforms and intrusion prevention technologies based on real-time packet inspection and cloud-based big data analytics. It's responsible for detecting more than half of the billions of threats that Symantec identifies every year. At Symantec, Shreyans started the Safeweb initiative for marking malicious sites in search results and played a key role in making it a successful standalone product. In partnership with VMware, he developed one of the first agentless IPS engines that transparently protect virtual machines.

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