APIs are the digital fabric connecting companies, partners, and customers. But increased reliance on APIs also introduces new security risks. I recently spoke with Michelle McLean, VP of Marketing at API security provider Salt Security during Black Hat 2023 about the current challenges and future outlook for API security.

McLean says API awareness has grown due to high-profile breaches like the Optus leak in Australia. Such incidents underscore that APIs are an easy yet lucrative target. Attackers increasingly focus on APIs to steal valuable data, carry out fraud, and more.

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