March 7, 2023
API attacks jump over 197% in 2022, while API-related vulnerabilities grew more than 78% and average time-to-exploit worsens.
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wallarm, the end-to-end API security company, today released its 2022 Year-End API ThreatStats™ Report, providing in-depth analysis into published API vulnerabilities, exploits, and attack data for the year.
After combing through 350,000 reports to find 650 API-specific vulnerabilities from 337 different vendors and tracking 115 published exploits impacting these vulnerabilities, the results clearly illustrate that the API threat landscape is becoming more dangerous. The Wallarm Research Team came to this conclusion based on the 2022 data, and specifically these three trends:
“It's obvious from recent news about mega breaches involving APIs, such as Optus and T-Mobile, that the API threat landscape is becoming more dangerous,” said Ivan Novikov, CEO and co-founder of Wallarm. “In this report, our research team provides API security practitioners and executives with data-driven insights into how to improve their API security posture in 2023. Briefly, we found that API threats tripled in 2022 with exploits available before we even know about the vulnerability, that the current OWASP API Security Top-10 list does not accurately reflect reality where Injections are the primary attack vector, and that open-source software, especially DevOps and cloud-native tools used to build new companies and technologies, is a growing target. Overall, the traditional approaches to protecting your APIs need to adapt to these new realities.”
Based on the research, the research team has concluded that API portfolios will be at greater risk in 2023 as organizations struggle to improve API security, both during the development cycle and in production. The full report also examines the most prevalent types of threat vectors, the most vulnerable types of APIs, and much more. API security and DevOps teams can leverage these data-driven insights to update their remediation policies for 2023.
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