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Cequence Security was founded in 2015 focusing on bot mitigation and bot fraud prevention. Cequence repositioned itself as an API Security vendor with the introduction of API Sentinel and changed the name of its flagship product Bot Defense to API Spartan.
Traceable was purpose-built to secure application APIs, offering a security platform that helps organizations achieve API security in a cloud-first, API-driven world. Traceable is the leading intelligent and context-aware solution that powers complete API security – API discovery and posture management, API security testing, attack detection and threat hunting, and attack protection anywhere your APIs live. Traceable enables organizations to minimize risk and maximize the value that APIs bring their customers.
Consider the following points when evaluating Cequence
Having full visibility of an application’s API transactions (North-South, East-West, and encrypted) is crucial to effectively protect today’s evolving application architectures. As more applications rely on TLS for secure connections, this lack of visibility becomes even more problematic. The ability to see inside encrypted traffic without additional decryption/re-encryption points is a significant limitation, as it hampers organizations’ ability to identify potential threats, understand what needs protection, and determine how to safeguard applications and APIs.
Traceable provides the most broad and deep data collection capability and can not only see East-West traffic (and North-South) but also how the two connect, for an end-to-end visibility of all application API communications. Traceable provides eBPF and in-app agents enabling it to see inside encrypted traffic without invasive application infrastructure changes such as adding additional decryption points and certificate sharing.
3rd party API Tracking
In today’s modern cloud-based applications it has become common to connect to 3rd party APIs and send them data. This means it is critical to be able to track what data is being sent to where and to block outbound API traffic that does not comply with data protection policies. Traceable tracks 3rd party API use and the sensitive data being sent to those APIs. It can show you what services are calling which 3rd party APIs, as well as block traffic to 3rd party APIs according to data protection policies which can be set based on data/data sets, target 3rd party API, and many other factors.
API Security Data Lake
Historical data about all API transactions is crucial for security teams to improve their security posture over time, as it enables deeper analysis of attack traffic, especially over long periods (days, weeks, months). Since Traceable AI captures every trace of every request/transaction, it provides a very detailed data lake that can be used to search for potential threats and stay ahead of attackers. Traceable AI enables admins to search through the API Security Data Lake of stored traces for potential threats, track suspicious user activity, and perform post-mortem analysis.
Understanding of Business Logic
APIs expose business logic, and attackers often exploit your business logic to abuse your APIs.
Understanding API context and transaction/data flows is crucial to detecting and defending against business logic attacks. This requires building machine models of API application business logic, not just bad bot behaviors. Traceable was purpose-built to detect and block sophisticated business logic attacks by collecting all transactions across an application and building out sophisticated models to understand the expected behaviors of each application, its APIs, and its users.
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