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Gartner Predicts 2022: APIs Demand Improved Security and Management

Predicts 2022: APIs Demand Improved Security and Management

Software engineering leaders are rapidly adopting APIs to improve connectivity and enable digitization, but face an increased challenge of securely managing API sprawl. Our predictions about the future of APIs enable software engineering leaders to plan for API management and security challenges.


Key Findings
  • Organizations are adopting diverse types of APIs — internal APIs to represent coarse- and fine-grained service interfaces, data elements, and private and public APIs — at an expedited rate. Software engineering leaders are thus tasked with managing the explosion of both known and shadow APIs.
  • API security challenges have emerged as a top concern for most software engineering leaders, as unmanaged and unsecured APIs create vulnerabilities that could accelerate multimillion dollar security incidents.
  • While APIs have tremendously improved access to applications and services in software architectures, the use of third-party APIs introduces dependencies and failure risks, especially for mission-critical applications.

1Gartner, Predicts 2022: APIs Demand Improved Security and Management, Shameen Pillai, Jeremy D'Hoinne, John Santoro, Mark O'Neill, Sham Gill, 6 December 2021 

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