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Google Cloud Announces Advanced API Security through Apigee

Recently Google announced the public preview of Advanced API Security, a comprehensive set of API security capabilities built on Apigee, their API management platform. With the new capability, customers can detect security threats more efficiently.

The company acquired Apigee in 2016, integrating the startup’s cloud-based API creation and management platform into a service available for Google Cloud Platform customers. Subsequently, more capabilities and features were added to the service, such as monitoring capabilities and more security enhancements with the integration of Cloud Armor and Cloud Identity and Access management. The latest addition is Advanced API Security.

Vikas Anand, a director of product at Google Cloud, explains in a Google Cloud blog post:

Advanced API Security can make it easier for API teams to identify API proxies that do not conform to security standards. To help identify APIs that are misconfigured or experiencing abuse, Advanced API Security regularly assesses managed APIs and provides API teams with a recommended action when configuration issues are detected.


Advanced API Security capability in Apigee specializes in detecting bots and identifying API misconfigurations. When it detects configuration issues, the service assesses managed APIs and recommends actions, and it uses pre-configured rules to identify malicious bots within API traffic. Each rule represents a specific type of unusual traffic from a single IP address; if an API traffic pattern matches any of the rules, Advanced API Security flags it as a bot.

Google brings the Advanced API Security to respond to increasing API-driven attacks. According to a recent Cloudentity study, 44 percent of companies have experienced significant API authorization issues involving privacy, data leakage, and object property exposure with internal and external-facing APIs. Companies like LinkedIn, Peleton, Marriott, and Parler have fallen victim to API-driven attacks within the last few months. Gartner forecasts that APIs will be the most common point of attack this year.

In a LinkedIn blog post, tech influencer Evan Kristel wrote:

APIs are challenging to protect. Traditional solutions can’t handle the complexities of the API ecosystem. Attackers know this, which is why they focus on APIs.  

Furthermore, Google is also facing more competition in the API security segment with newly API-focused cybersecurity products such as Salt Security, Noname Security, and Neosec. At the same time, established vendors like Barracuda, Akamai, and Cloudflare have expanded their offerings.

Lastly, Advanced Security API is free of charge during the public preview.

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