Salt Security Unveils First AI-Infused API Security Platform to Address Proliferation of GenAI Application Development

This week, Salt Security, a frontrunner in API security, have unveiled its groundbreaking API Security Protection Platform. This platform, powered by Pepper, Salt’s own Large Language Model (LLM) AI, represents a leap forward in API protection. By integrating AI across the entire API lifecycle, it simplifies and strengthens API discovery, posture management, and threat detection, leading to swifter risk mitigation.

Generative AI has enabled developers to create applications and APIs faster than ever before and at a vast scale. With the speed of API creation dramatically increasing, new risks are created that current technology is not equipped to keep pace with.

Nuno Teodoro, Vice President, Group Cybersecurity said: “Our business depends on securely and quickly delivering finance-related APIs for our partners and customers as we provide banking as a service. With the GenAI landscape evolving at a fast pace, especially targeting, directly or indirectly, software development of critical products, we must lean on core capabilities from our technological partners, especially where API security is considered. Salt’s AI-infused API security platform is a perfect example of supporting the delivery of secure APIs that adhere to our policies and best practices, thus giving us the confidence that cyber resilience is incorporated into the APIs security life-cycle.”

Leveraging generative AI, Salt’s platform protects organisations from the risks associated with the speed and scale of new application development. As APIs are the nucleus of current and future applications, with the launch of Salt’s new platform, the company is uniquely positioned to deliver the next phase of application security.

With the latest expansion to its offering, the Salt platform now delivers enhanced API continuous discovery, API posture assurance, and robust API behavioural threat protection.

Discovery: At the outset, Salt Security’s AI engine excels in the discovery phase by acting as an exhaustive investigator across the application landscape. It leverages machine learning to automatically detect all APIs, including those that are undocumented or embedded within microservices, ensuring comprehensive visibility over the network, leaving no API hidden and vulnerable. This level of comprehensive discovery is unparalleled in the industry, ensuring that no API remains unnoticed or vulnerable. While APIs are continuously created at speed by GenAI, the Salt Platform continually analyses the API ecosystem to ensure the inventory is up to date.

API Posture Assurance: Moving to the next phase, Salt Security employs its AI-driven Posture Governance to monitor and analyse API configurations proactively. This AI system is adept at identifying deviations from security best practices and highlighting insecure configurations. By maintaining continuous surveillance, Salt Security aids organisations in upholding a robust API security posture, thus preventing potential breaches.

Robust API Behavioural Threat Protection:   In the crucial phase of threat detection, Salt Security’s patented Behavioural Threat Protection comes into play. The AI system analyses API traffic in real-time, drawing from extensive datasets of known attack patterns. It is capable of detecting anomalies, suspicious activities, and potential zero-day exploits. Moreover, its adaptive learning algorithm, which evolves based on new data and past incidents, provides a dynamic and robust defence mechanism that is critical in today’s fast-paced threat environment.

And to bolster the risk reduction, the Salt Labs team continues to discover API security flaws that translate to functionality added to the product. A recent example is with the critical security flaws within ChatGPT plugins, which could have allowed unauthorised access to third-party accounts and sensitive user data. Salt now has advanced OAuth protection built into the platform.

According to the Salt Labs State of API Security Report, Q1 2023, 59% of respondents manage more than 100 APIs, and 25% manage more than 500. A further 27% also stated that they’ve more than doubled their API count over the past year. This number is only set to increase as organisations leverage generative AI within business operations, which can lower the timeline of code and API creation from days to minutes or even seconds. Traditional API security solutions, such as API gateways, web application firewalls (WAFs) and content delivery network (CDN) solutions, already struggle to keep pace with the expanding API attack surface and the introduction of generative AI further impedes their ability to deliver robust API protection.

With these enhancements, customers can now deliver an API-first model for modern applications to quickly and securely scale business operations, while simultaneously ensuring that they remain compliant with company as well as industry API policies and standards. Salt is the first security vendor to utilise AI throughout an API security platform. The new offering is available to organizations as a SaaS solution or managed security service delivered by Salt.

“Since founding the API security market, AI and ML have always been core components of our platform in order to provide organisations with the deep context and behavioral insights needed to mitigate the most sophisticated API security threats,” said Michael Nicosia, COO and co-founder, Salt Security. “The recent growth of utilising generative AI within business operations has not only expedited the volume of APIs, but also given attackers the means to launch more tactical attack campaigns. Leveraging generative AI for good, we have instilled our own LLM, Pepper, into our platform to help organisations solve the complex problems which generative AI creates in an easy to use and understand interface. With Pepper, organisations will experience enhanced API inventory management and documentation, streamlined threat and incident response, as well as robust API posture governance.”

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