Scaling API Security for Telecoms

Scaling API Security for Telecoms

42C Industry Hero Telecoms Mobile v1

API-Driven Subscriber Services

The telecom industry was among the first industrial sectors to embrace APIs as an enabler of digital transformation initiatives. API programs enabled telecom providers to drive internal efficiencies but also to generate new sources of revenue by delivering new value-added services to their subscribers.  APIs are used to expose traditional carrier services (e.g. billing, account management and payments) but also to hook into the external API ecosystems of third party service providers (e.g. Netflix, Disney & Apple).

Telecoms: A High-Value Target

Telecom providers are high-value targets for cyber attacks  because their databases carry detailed information on millions of customers. A successful telecom data breach could expose contact details, dates of birth, social security numbers, driver’s license information and credit card details. The telecom industry was among the most frequently targeted industries by ransomware operators during the second quarter of 2021, according to research by McAfee Enterprise.

Mobile apps are the primary touchpoint for accessing these services and providing new business opportunities. Failure to properly secure APIs leads to system breaches, unauthorized access to private data, and ultimately loss of customers.

telecom body image AdobeStock_432749351 1920

API Security at Carrier Scale

Telecommunications networks, mobile and fixed, form the digital backbone of global business. Access to fast, reliable and secure networks is essential for businesses to succeed and this is mirrored in the requirements for APIs. Operators have invested heavily over the past decade in API management platforms to empower their global teams of developers to consume and build API-based services. Yet neither these API management platforms nor traditional application security tools are designed to automate or scale to the required levels of protection for APIs in the telecoms industry.

Only with a Developer-First API Security platform such as 42Crunch can development teams code in security at design time that lets you automate and scale security to complement your API development. Don’t undermine the advances achieved with an API-First approach by accepting a second-class approach to security.


How to Extend Protection of your Data from API to Mobile Application

Colin Domoney BW

Colin Domoney

Developer Advocate & API Security Researcher, 42Crunch

David Stewart

CEO, Approov

2 Speaker Telecoms Screenshot

Ready to Learn More?

Developer-first solution for delivering API security as code.