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API Penetration Testing Datasheet

Written By: Security Compass Advisory

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With an experienced, innovative team and an effective, streamlined approach to penetration testing, Security Compass helps you identify vulnerabilities without slowing down your business.

The Rise of APIs and Security Challenges

The application development landscape has completely changed since APIs became the industry standard. From basic ticket-booking
applications to highly-complex banking and instant message applications, implementing APIs is very common, whether its desktop,
web or mobile applications, internal, external, or backend applications.

The ubiquity of APIs across modern application environments means higher exposure and a larger attack surface for malicious
actors. Common attacks include manipulation and enumeration of object and session identifiers as well as taking advantage of weak
permissions and rate-limiting.

Since many APIs handle a high volume of sensitive data, such as PCI and PII, ensuring their safety through diligent testing is of the utmost importance.

Additionally, not all APIs are designed with the same level of end-user transparency. The varied availability of internal and external
documentation outlining expected data input and output may leave deprecated APIs, and or those reserved for debugging purposes, vulnerable to attack.

With an effective and streamlined penetration testing program, Security Compass can help organizations identify and address these security issues without slowing down their business.

Our Approach

Security Compass is an industry leader in penetration testing. Our expertise and credentials across multiple platforms and business categories make us your ideal partner in your journey toward API security.

Security Compass has a strong team of penetration testers who are highly experienced and innovative. We test hundreds of APIs and microservices every year for financial institutions, retail, cloud providers, telecommunications, and the entertainment industry.

We have a research department that very actively contributes to the industry to identify new security vulnerabilities.

Typically, our API penetration testing approach includes the activities outlined below:

  • Business logic analysis: Understanding how the application is designed to be used by the intended audience is crucial to understanding the end-to-end flow of the data and how the design may be misused.
  • Identifying the attack surface: Alongside business logic analysis, identifying the features and use-cases that may be abused for malicious purposes.
  • Threat modelling: Enumerating the available features and data workflows helps to identify and anticipate potential threats and generate potential countermeasures.
  • Technology-specific research and testing: APIs can be built on various frameworks using a wide variety of technologies. Our testing approach is tailored for the relevant components to ensure depth of coverage.

You Receive:

Preliminary report: A weekly report that outlines the nature of each vulnerability, its impact to your business and technical environment, and remediation recommendations.

Technical report: A final report outlined in a technical manner to provide security teams with the information required to address identified issues.

Executive summary: This report summarizes the results by outlining high-level risks to the business and provides key trends, strengths, systemic issues, and strategic recommendations

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