Flat-out, traditional IAM practices are insufficient to secure a modern enterprise that relies on such diverse endpoints and connected devices. But API management can play a strong complementary role, says Jay Thorne of CA Technologies, a Broadcom company.
Many security professionals feel they have a challenge in keeping their valuable business assets safe while still ensuring a seamless user experience for customers. However, these goals are not in conflict, and security can instead be a competitive advantage.
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Mobile applications and the Internet of Things will continue to transform the way users interact with the business - but how will we secure this access? For example, even as mobile payments have grown exponentially in the past 12-18 months, payment fraud from mobile devices has grown even faster.
McDonald's home food delivery app in India leaked sensitive personal information relating to 2.2 million users. But the restaurant giant only addressed the insecure API after a researcher went public one month after informing McDonald's about the problem.
In an application-driven economy, security is not just about deploying controls for protection. It's about being a business enabler, says Steve Firestone, general manager of the security business at CA Technologies.