Cool Vendor in API Security

Gartner thinks Salt Security is Cool

Explosive demand for APIs requires an effective API strategy for security

APIs are a core component of every SaaS, web, mobile, microservices and IoT application and are a critical component of digital transformation. As one of only three companies named in the API Strategy space, Salt Security has been named as a Cool Vendor in API Strategy in 2020.

So what makes Salt Security a Cool Vendor in API Security?

  • Our focus on identifying attackers early during the "reconnaissance" phase to stop potential API attacks before they result in a breach.
  • Our ability to protect against the vulnerabilities in the OWASP API Security Top 10 by combining traditional protocol analysis with behavior analytics.
  • Our approach to that requires no manual configuration and provides protection before a breach unlike other API Security solutions that take action only after an attack has already been mounted — which is too late.

Why Salt Security Stands Apart From the Crowd

  • "[Salt Security's] approach is intended to provide early detection of attack attempts and to discover API vulnerabilities in the reconnaissance phase of API security. In this way, potential attackers can be detected as they probe the API for weaknesses."
  • [Salt Security's approach is in] contrasts with many other API management solutions that require manual configuration, such as API throttling limits, thus providing protection of APIs only after an attack has already been mounted — which is too late.
  • "[Salt Security has an] edge because WAAP solutions focus on generalizing protection of APIs from protection of web applications, often using a signature-based approach, and API gateways typically rely on hardcoded API security rules and basic traffic throttling."

Highlights from Gartner 2020 Cool Vendors in API Strategy (ID G00720429)

Salt Security's focus on the "reconnaissance" phase of API security is designed to detect potential attacks on APIs before they result in a breach."

Mark O'Neill
VP Analyst covering API strategy, integration, and ecosystems, Gartner


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Gartner, Cool Vendors in API Strategy, Shameen Pillai, Paolo Malinverno, Mark O'Neill, Jeremy D'Hoinne, 18 May 2020.

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