API

What Are Microservices?

Microservices architecture, also known simply as “microservices,” is an approach to building software with modular services that are distinct and independent from each other.  In recent years, microservices have become a popular choice for designing and deploying applications. They allow apps to be broken into smaller and loosely coupled pieces …

Use Okta to Access Microsoft Powershell on-Prem? Yes, You Can.

Since its beginnings, the vision for Okta has been to enable any company to use any technology—that promise includes use of the ubiquitous Powershell code in enterprise environments through the Okta platform.  Microsoft Powershell is commonly used as part of the Joiner, Mover, Leaver identity-centric business processes to manage Microsoft…

5 Principles for Building Scalable Apps That Delight Customers

Designing and deploying an app is rarely simple. Customer needs are constantly evolving and your app probably looks and functions much differently today than when it was first released. The success of any modern application relies on how well it can adapt and grow along with customer needs—which requires your developers having the ability to…

What Is an API?

API is an acronym that stands for “application programming interface,” and it allows apps to send information between each other. While there are numerous protocols and technologies involved, the underlying purpose of APIs is always the same: to let one piece of software communicate with another.  APIs (sometimes described as web services) work in…

5 Reasons You Want an Out-of-the-Box Identity Service

Whether you’re building a new app or migrating a legacy app to the cloud, you face a choice: build everything in-house or selectively use out-of-the-box services to make the job easier and faster. Out-of-the-box services like Twilio, for messaging, and Braintree, for payments, have gained popularity because they help lean dev teams remain agile…

API Security Threats in the Real World

When we think of compromised API security, we typically see an image of a hoodie-wearing hacker toiling away in a darkened room, targeting a bank’s server. We can imagine them compiling a custom tool, launching it against the system, and celebrating as your 401k becomes theirs. Alternatively, we may even picture armies of hackers using…

Building Consumer Trust: 4 Challenges to Offering Secure User Authentication

No brand can be successful without customer trust. But as organizations handle and store more customer data than ever—data that’s increasingly targeted by cyber criminals—that trust is harder to earn and even harder to keep. In my previous post, I discussed the various stages of the customer journey that are crucial to building and retaining user…

4 Steps to Building Consumer Trust

As cyber criminals become more refined in their exploits, customers and their personal information are being increasingly targeted—and that poses a growing threat to organizations. Today, according to the Ponemon Institute, the cost of a data breach is $3.92 million, including non-operational factors like reduced brand engagement and compromised…

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