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Top 10 Things Software Engineering Leaders Need to Know About APIs

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We are coming up on API’s 20th Anniversary and this warrants a top 10 list. Whether its mobile, cloud or modern application development, APIs are fueling today’s digital transformations in the enterprise. To what degree? Well, Google’s latest State of the API eBook stated that “56% of IT decision-makers view APIs as assets that help organizations build better digital experiences and products.” As APIs are heating up in the enterprise and proliferating across the digital economy, it is also catching the eyes of the bad actors and malicious nation states.

Gartner estimates that “By 2021, 90% of web-enabled applications will have more surface area for attack in the form of exposed APIs rather than the UI, up from 40% in 2019.” Gartner also predicts that “ by 2022, API abuses will move from an infrequent to the most-frequent attack vector, resulting in data breaches for enterprise web applications”. Meanwhile, COVID also accelerated many digital transformation projects in the enterprise. Read the latest top 10 list of API Insights from Gartner.

Key takeaways from this read:

  • How to build effective teams to support API rollout for maximum business impact
  • Latest on API evolution and types
  • Insights on API management, security and more

Gartner, API Security: What You Need to Do to Protect Your APIs, Shameen Pillai, Mark O'Neill, 27 May 2021