CypherCon 2024

Why you should hack your own APIs

Dan Barahona


Learn why APIs have become the “most frequent attack vector” according to Gartner. In this session we’ll unpack real-world API breaches, review the 2023 edition of the OWASP API Top 10, and examine best practices to keep APIs secure.

Importance: APIs account for over 80% of all Internet traffic, and have become a primary target for attackers. Gartner states APIs are now the most frequent attack vector, and have resulted in many high profile breaches.

Dan Barahona


Dan Barahona is a 20+ year cybersecurity veteran, having held exec positions at companies including Qualys, ArcSight, Anomali and APIsec. He founded APIsec University in 2022 to offer free, non-vendor training on API security. The site has grown to over 50,000 students in its first 6 months.