API Basics

API identity: Why you need it


API identity: Why do you need it and is it necessary? To begin with, today there are so many APIs out in the world that their use and reuse can be exposed without an API identity in place.

With so many APIs and apps around, IT professionals have a complex set of problems that develop in dealing with API identity. Many things come into play as they are creating more apps which rely on more identity structures. That’s why it’s important to modernize your API strategy and “implement identity federation and a single sign-on at the infrastructure level to centralize management.”

API identity: One sign-in needed

It’s important to note that having too many sign-ins on your APIs can have an adverse effect on your API identity. Why? Because it puts your API identity at risk. It’s a common problem that many people have a bad habit of overusing their favorite password from one site to the next because it’s simply easy to remember. This truly poor practice of “same password syndrome” creates serious security issues for your API identity. Most websites recommend you change your password every three months. It’s necessary to have a strong password in place so no devious hacker can break your password code and compromise your API identity. That’s why the one sign-in model process is the best way to secure your API identity and enable better protection.

AMPLIFY API Management is such a program to support API identity standards. Solutions such as AMPLIFY help IT teams keep control over their overuse, as well as being compromised through API identity.

Time well spent

Having a strong API identity is a major necessity for securing your APIs. This concept is not to be taken lightly—it’s time well spent when a proper solution is in place. This ensures your data and services are protected.

Read more about API identity, check out this White Paper.