STARWEST 2021 Concurrent Session : APIs – Security & Performance – How to Avoid Getting in the News!


Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

APIs – Security & Performance – How to Avoid Getting in the News!

We all know that Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are critical in the modern economy, however, if you don't pay attention to the security or performance aspects of APIs, the results can be catastrophic. From large scale data-breaches, major system-wide outages and executives being hauled in front of Congress, failure to adequately plan and carry out API performance and security testing will definitely make the front-page news.... not in a good way. This session will discuss the present a comprehensive strategy for performance and security testing of your APIs, it will include best practices for security testing and vulnerability assessment, as well as approaches for adequately testing the performance and scaleability of your APIs. It will include some real-world case studies of cases where organizations failed to test the security or performance of their APIs, what happened, and what they could have done differently. Presentation takeaways include learning about how you should plan to test the security of your API endpoints and gaining a comprehensive understanding of the factors that can lead to poor performance and security of your APIs.


Adam Sandman was a programmer from the age of 10 and has been working in the IT industry for the past 20 years in areas such as architecture, agile development, testing and project management. Currently Adam is a Director of Technology at Inflectra Corporation, where he is interested in technology, business and enabling people to follow their passions. At Inflectra, Adam has been responsible for researching the tools, technologies and processes in the software testing and quality assurance space. Adam is a frequent speaker at STAR conferences around the world.