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It was my great pleasure to join our inaugural #api360 event in Washington, DC, Sept 12.  The Newseum was an ideal venue, offering a stunning cityscape view including the Capitol building and, of course, the Canadian Embassy.  The day kicked off with Gray Brooks of 18F giving an insider’s view of the widespread API activities taking place in the US Federal government.  I was amazed at how much activity there is, but even more so by how refreshing their approach is. Next up, Irakli Nadareishvili from the API Academy gave insight into how APIs can be used as the best products a company or organization can have. Sanjay Motwani and Amit Malhotra gave us a look inside the work that the Advisory Board Company is doing to build a digital fabric for their industry-leading research and consulting services for healthcare.  We were privileged to have the API Evangelist himsel... (more)

“Mobile App Security: Always Keep the Back Door Locked” – Our Take

Today’s lead article on Ars Technica talks about the importance of protecting back-end resources in the context of mobile applications. The article rightly stresses the importance of this security, talks about the uptake in OAuth and cites API Gateway solutions as a popular option in this space. However, the article clearly misstates the capabilities of an API Management solution founded on an API Gateway. I am going to assume that the author only had exposure to API Gateways second hand or through a competitor of Layer 7. Here are the misconceptions propagated by the article, a... (more)

Security in the Frenetic Age

There has been a lot of talk about data leaks and data privacy lately, not naming any names. The articles and blog entries on this topic are filled with outrage and spoken with dropped jaws. I have to admit that the only shock I experience on this subject is at how shocked people are. As divisive as these issues are, fundamental questions remain. How much privacy should be expected? How many times a week are you prompted to accept a long block of terms and conditions in order to access online services? How many times do you read them? Isn’t that the scary part? The mobile revol... (more)

New API Academy Team Member: Irakli Nadareishvili

The API Academy team has a new member: Irakli Nadareishvili who has joined CA Layer 7 as Director of API Strategy. Before joining CA, Irakli served as Director of Engineering for Digital Media at NPR, which is noted for its leadership in API-oriented platform design. He has also participated in the creation of the Public Media Platform, worked with whitehouse.gov and helped a number of major media companies develop publishing solutions using open source software. I recently sat down with Irakli to discuss what he has in mind as he joins API Academy. MM: You once told me that yo... (more)

Big Data and API Management

The hottest IT trends of 2012 are shaping up to be Cloud, mobile and “big data”. The links between API management, Cloud and mobile are clear. The links between API management and big data – a concept that creates capabilities for capturing and analyzing previously unimaginable amounts of unstructured data – are less obvious but no less significant. I see two key areas of synergy… First of all, in the three-tier architecture of the Web, the line was typically blurry between the presentation and logic tiers and concrete between logic and data. Big data now blurs the line between ... (more)