API Security Fundamentals

This 90-minute course covers the core threats to APIs and how to prevent breaches. Learn the OWASP API Security Top 10, examine  real-world API attacks, and understand the 3 Pillars of API Security.

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Course Topics

Introduction to API Security

The Introduction covers why APIs have become the number one target for successful attacks and theft of millions of records.

Anatomy of Real-World API Breaches

Examine the anatomy of these real-world API breaches and how attackers exploited application vulnerabilities.

OWASP API Security Top 10

Review the OWASP API Security Top 10, updated in 2023, with examples, exposure risks, and how to prevent vulnerabilities.

The 3 Pillars of API Security

Securing APIs requires a solid foundation. This module explores the 3 Pillars of API Security: Governance, Testing, and Monitoring.

API Security Technology Landscape

Understand where different application security technologies fit, what protection they provide, and what gaps you may need to fill.

Conclusion and Best Practices

Wrap-up with a summary of API security best practices and a review of Do’s and Don’ts for Development, Operations, and Security teams.

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Dan Barahona

APIsec University Founder and Instructor

We created APIsec University to provide much-needed API security training - and to build a community for current, and aspiring, cyber professionals."


Meet the Instructor
Dan Barahona

Dan brings over 20 years of cybersecurity experience with executive leadership roles at APIsec, Qualys, Anomali, ArcSight and others. He’s led Product Development, Sales teams, and Marketing at startups and publicly traded companies. Dan co-founded APIsec University with Corey Ball in 2022 to help develop a new army of API security defenders. He earned engineering degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic and Cornell University, and an MBA from University of Michigan.

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Earn your APIsec University Certificate

  • Earn an APIsec University certificate and badge for completing any of our courses.

  • Post your badge on LinkedIn and share your accomplishments. You can even receive CPE credits for taking these courses.