APIs (Application Programming Interface) have become an increasingly important tool in IT. As businesses have become more reliant on connecting their business applications with each other and third-party tools a weak point has emerged in IT infrastructure.

An increasingly important issue is that of API availability. Applications have become very modular and this has allowed the application ecosystem to become diverse and interdependent. All these applications rely on API to respond to call and communicate between the various levels. As cloud applications have become more popular and widely uses this dependence has become more of an issue.

  • January 2015: Facebook and Instagram servers went down for about an hour taking down Facebook and Instagram and impacting several well-known websites including Tinder and HipChat.
  • September 2015: Amazon Web Services experienced a brief disruption that caused an increase in faults for the EC2 Auto Scaling APIs.
  • January 2016: Twitter API experienced a worldwide outage that lasted more than an hour, impacting thousands of website and apps.

Testing APIs has become a very important exercise. Redhat has developed and maintained tools for testing your APIs. The below blog talks about how one might utilize Ansible to test a Rest API:

Testing REST APIs with REST Assured

Cody Jackson

Security Architect at Aquila
Cody Jackson is a leader in the management and design of secure wired and wireless networks. He performs engineering assessments for a variety of commercial solutions. He helps CISOs, IT Specialists, and Security Analysts secure network and enterprise data.

Cody's engineering networking and security expertise broaden AQUILA’s ability to service organizations. Before AQUILA, Cody was a Computer and Information Security Specialist on the Los Alamos National Laboratory Security Architecture and Application Development team. He also worked as an IT Specialist at Western New Mexico University.

Cody earned a Master of Science in Information Systems & Assurance from UNM. He received an MBA and a B.S. in History and Math from Western New Mexico University.
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