Navigating through the noise of security tools ‘overload’
14 April 2023
Separate the signal from the noise
by Sapir Hajaj
Organizations invest in various security programs and tools to effectively manage security threats in today’s digital world. However, having too many tools can create a lot of noise and increase complexity, making it difficult to identify and respond to real threats. This is particularly evident in API security, where API context factors such as business function, API relationships, and data sensitivity make it very challenging to prioritize treatment optimally.
In this post, we examine how organizations struggling to manage issues from detection to recovery can find effective methods to separate the signal from the noise.
Integrating full API visibility and context into existing security workflows
Wib’s API security platform (Fusion) enables organizations to better understand their API context and by doing so, detect API security issues from the development phase all the way through to production. Wib seamlessly integrates and enriches the organization’s security programs by providing them with visibility into their API security blind spots, reducing noise for the entire organization’s security workflows.
Wib maps against the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to leverage reliable workflows that development and operations teams already use. The five functions of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework are:
Let’s look at how each of these can be optimized in practice using the Wib Fusion Platform.
The Wib Fusion Platform uses multiple API data sources such as continuous code scanning, traffic monitoring, and API testing to detect vulnerabilities. It unifies all data into a single source of truth for an automatically updated API inventory without prerequisite. By understanding each API’s business context and vulnerabilities, the Fusion Platform evaluates the security posture of each API. This can help organizations understand their API attack surface and prioritize their efforts.
- In practice, Wib alerts you when an API vulnerability is detected or/and your API security posture is dramatically changed via your day-to-day messaging channels.
After identifying vulnerabilities that make APIs exploitable, Wib’s Fusion Platform conducts both static and dynamic API testing to validate each detected vulnerability. This helps organizations focus on genuine security risks by reducing false positives and improving their overall posture.
- In practice, Wib validates the vulnerability and opens a ticket with all the necessary information directly to the API owner in charge of resolving it.
Based on the API security posture of each API, Wib creates a baseline for normal behavior. Any deviation from that baseline is detected and validated in order to increase the level of confidence and determine whether the deviation is an attack attempt or a false positive. Wib can identify the root cause of an incident, detect the exploited vulnerabilities, and understand the business impact of a successful attack.
- In practice, Wib validates an active attack and creates a full forensic report including the top actor, source device, affected asset, and attack scenario timeline. Wib notifies the organization’s SIEM solution and opens a ticket for the relevant security teams.
Based on an analysis of the vulnerability or threat, Wib will recommend an appropriate response. This could include restricting access to specific resources or/and deploying emergency patches. The Fusion Platform can perform these actions while integrating with various programs to further support the organization’s security workflow.
- In practice, Wib helps the SOC team mitigate the incident by creating a dedicated blocking rule in the organization’s WAF/s while updating the vulnerability management tool regarding the exploited vulnerability in production.
To complete the cycle, Wib’s Fusion Platform enables organizations to recover quickly by suggesting appropriate remediations or patches while also validating that the fix was properly implemented. This can assist organizations in closing the issue lifecycle with confidence and returning to normal operations as quickly as possible after a cybersecurity incident.
- In practice, Wib opens a ticket with the recommended remediation or creates a virtual patching rule for the organizational WAF. Wib continuously monitors the status of active vulnerabilities and detects when the fix was applied. The ticket resolution and vulnerability management tools are then updated by Wib.
Cut through the noise to cut off API threats
The growth of security tools has made it difficult to track and resolve security incidents and vulnerabilities. Wib follows the NIST Cybersecurity Framework as a guideline to reduce noise in each phase by integrating API security with existing organizational security workflows. With Wib, organizations can have confidence in their API security posture and detect threats and vulnerabilities knowing that they have a comprehensive and integrated solution in place to protect their valuable assets.