Most Popular Cybersecurity APIs for 2020

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The latest technology has turned the world upside down, and of course, for good reasons. Speaking of Application Programming Interfaces, API – it is a standard method of improving, integrating, and sharing data through online services.

API services have entirely changed and evolved how the digital world works. From digital coins to payment wallets to e-commerce websites, and social networks – APIs are available for anything. Moreover, there are two teams of APIs – the red team and blue team – which are responsible for boosting the cybersecurity market. 

Following are the best API services available for cybersecurity in 2020. 

Google Safe Browsing API 

Safe Browsing is Google’s highly respected cybersecurity program that helps protect users from accessing phishing domains, challenging sites, and web pages infected with malware/virus.

You can automatically test pages against the Safe Browsing database by using the Safe Browsing API, allowing you to detect the type of threat affecting a Web page. This is useful to warn users before moving on to any dangerous website and to avoid the sharing of infected links within your own company.

Features: 

Lookup API – It is useful for instantly checking the status of a URL

Update API – It permits client apps to download Safe Browsing lists for local client-side URL checks

Local Databases – It enables downloading and using local URL databases in initial checking.  

Caching – A useful tool to prevent unwanted questions and to speed up your final response to requests from clients.

Compression – It lets you reserve bandwidth while generating queries against the SafeBrowsing API. 

Metadata – It helps in identifying threat types. It also allows to set up several forms of edifying warnings whenever a malicious URL is found. 

Quttera API 

Quttera is among the most popular malware scanners online around the world. This offers a simpler and faster way of finding out whether your website is infected with random malware or viruses. 

Using their API, you can integrate their powerful ability to scan and monitor malware into your application layer.

Features: 

  • Full-in-depth scan results 
  • Proactive monitoring and scanning 
  • Run and hosted in the Cloud
  • Ability to check for other sites URL in the Quttera database 
  • Built-in multithreading for faster scan speed
  • Integrations: REST API returning XML, JSON, and YAML based-responses 

GreyNoise API

We had published a candid and insightful interview with Andrew Morris a few weeks ago, the mind behind GreyNoise Intellect. Today we are excited to tell you more about the purpose of the business.

Security researchers, as well as private and public entities, use GreyNoise to analyze security-related data from the Internet. The system, developed by Morris himself, specializes in collecting and analyzing data from several scanners, including Shodan.io, and placed above several data centres in the world by their own network scanners.

Cloudflare API 

Bearing in mind Cloudflare’s tremendous influence on the cybersecurity sector, it is difficult to build a list of cybersecurity APIs without including theirs. As you might be aware, Cloudflare is a proxy-based service that allows you to improve your company’s site efficiency and device protection by simply altering your domain name servers.

Domain and DNS protection, SSL encryption, VPN for Chrome and successful anti-DDOS solutions concentrate on powerful high-end DNS and web application firewalls (WAF).

Features: 

  • Manage user accounts, roles, members, and subscriptions 
  • DNS firewall management 
  • Tweak AntiDDoS settings 
  • SSL management 
  • Adjust the account security level 
  • Rate limit configuration 
  • WAF rule configuration 
  • Set custom filters 

AlienVault API

AlienVault is one of today’s most relied-on threat intelligence firms used by security researchers. Their API service provides direct access from their OTX to all critical threat intelligence, so you can integrate all of its features into your online applications.

The AlienVault OTX API is part of the AlienVault project and allows you to identify threats that threaten your environment with regular threat indicators modified.

Features: 

  • Support for old-fashioned HTTP API requests, such as using curl) 
  • Support for Direct Connect Agents 
  • Easily identifies compromised endpoints 
  • DirectConnect SDKs (Python, Java, Go)
  • Thousands of live API usage examples 
  • Entrees over 19 million threat indicators
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