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Effectively address security blind spots by managing shadow APIs.
Suppose an API appears in the production environment but is absent in the documentation. This 'shadow API' scenario poses several challenges:
- 1.Incomplete Security Assessments: The API may not undergo necessary security assessments, leading to incomplete security coverage and potential vulnerabilities going unnoticed.
- 2.Limited Visibility: The absence of documentation restricts visibility, making it challenging to monitor and manage the complete API landscape.
- 3.Risk of Undetected Changes: Without comprehensive coverage, changes made to the API in the production environment may go unnoticed, posing a risk of undetected alterations.
- 4.Operational Challenges: Incomplete documentation hinders efficient operation, as developers may lack crucial information required for successful integration.
- 5.Compliance Risks: The presence of 'shadow APIs' may impact regulatory compliance efforts, as documentation completeness is crucial for assessments.
Managing Implications: Conduct thorough audits, document shadow APIs, and implement governance to align production with intended API landscapes.