Secure your API with these 16 Practices with Apache APISIX

A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon this list of Secure your API with these 16 practices to secure your API:

  1. Authentication ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ๏ธ - Verifies the identity of users accessing APIs.
  2. Authorization ๐Ÿšฆ - Determines permissions of authenticated users.
  3. Data Redaction ๐Ÿ–๏ธ - Obscures sensitive data for protection.
  4. Encryption ๐Ÿ”’ - Encodes data so only authorized parties can decode it.
  5. Error Handling โŒ - Manages responses when things go wrong, avoiding revealing sensitive info.
  6. Input Validation & Data Sanitization ๐Ÿงน - Checks input data and removes harmful parts.
  7. Intrusion Detection Systems ๐Ÿ‘€ - Monitor networks for suspicious activities.
  8. IP Whitelisting ๐Ÿ“ - Permits API access only from trusted IP addresses.
  9. Logging and Monitoring ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ - Keeps detailed logs and regularly monitors APIs.
  10. Rate Limiting โฑ๏ธ - Limits user requests to prevent overload.
  11. Secure Dependencies ๐Ÿ“ฆ - Ensures third-party code is free from vulnerabilities.
  12. Security Headers ๐Ÿ“‹ - Enhances site security against types of attacks like XSS.
  13. Token Expiry โณ - Regularly expiring and renewing tokens prevents unauthorized access.
  14. Use of Security Standards and Frameworks ๐Ÿ“˜ - Guides your API security strategy.
  15. Web Application Firewall ๐Ÿ”ฅ - Protects your site from HTTP-specific attacks.
  16. API Versioning ๐Ÿ”„ - Maintains different versions of your API for seamless updates.

While it’s debatable whether some points relate to Security, e.g., versioning, I think the list is a good starting point anyway. In this series, I’d like to describe how we can implement each point with Apache APISXI (or not):

  • Part 1: Authentication, Authorization, Input Validation & Data Sanitization, IP Whitelisting, Logging and Monitoring, Rate Limiting
  • Part 2: Data Redaction, Encryption, Error Handling, Intrusion Detection Systems, Secure Dependencies, Token Expiry, Use of Security Standards and Frameworks, Web Application Firewall, API Versioning
Nicolas Frรคnkel

Nicolas Frรคnkel

Developer Advocate with 15+ years experience consulting for many different customers, in a wide range of contexts (such as telecoms, banking, insurances, large retail and public sector). Usually working on Java/Java EE and Spring technologies, but with focused interests like Rich Internet Applications, Testing, CI/CD and DevOps. Also double as a trainer and triples as a book author.

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