Applying Artificial Intelligence to API Management Posted in Strategy Adrian Johansen July 16, 2020 Like APIs, Artificial Intelligence (AI) stands to streamline processes and make our lives and business that much easier. With the burgeoning reality of AI in API management, API systems will become increasingly fluid and intelligent, allowing consumers access to more specific and relevant information. AI has the potential to transform the API industry. By increasing security and improving efficiency at levels never before possible, this technology can reduce the human effort associated with API management while providing higher levels of precision. Here’s a look at how AI is changing the management stages of APIs, and a preview of the inevitable developments to come. AI’s Place in API Management APIs are a central component of everyday consumer activity, accessing vast databases of information to return relevant data. In business, these interfaces make it possible for system communication, cutting down on extensive work that would otherwise have to be done to implement these databases in every individual application. APIs save time for users, developers, and consumers, but what if more time could be saved on the management end as well? From the creation, control, and finally, the consumption stage of managing an API’s lifecycle, the integration of artificial intelligence is improving the process fundamentally. AI in API Creation AI and deep learning techniques are relevant and useful from the beginning of the API creation and provision process. This technology can think with a near-human analytical process but can apply that level of analysis to amounts of data no human could ever comprehend. This means an API design process is improved from the start. In the beginning stages, modeling and documentation are fundamental to a successful API, and AI can help with both. A wide variety of tools already exist that help intelligently automate these aspects of API management, assisting developers in writing both functions and the documentation to assist users in the smooth integration of the interface. AI Gives API Managers Better Control APIs are a vitally useful tool for data communication through applications, but their usefulness and popularity also make them vulnerable to all kinds of digital attacks. As API use continues to become more prevalent, those looking to infiltrate these interfaces to their advantage will also step up their attack strategies. Luckily, AI can help APIs on the defensive side as well. Artificial intelligence-powered cybersecurity is a must for organizations using and managing API systems. Here are just a few security measures AI can enhance to better protect APIs: Authentication measures Throttling capabilities Static security checks Authentication serves to validate the individual users of an API to maintain authorized use, and AI security solutions can check for authorization through certificates, OAuth 2.0, web tokens, and even Extensible Access Control Markup Language. Similarly, AI security tools enhance the potential of API security to catch and throttle high-volume cyber-attacks. With its ability to make dynamic checks to rapidly changing data, artificial intelligence can pick up on the unauthorized access of information and prevent the intruder from accessing a significant range of it. These tools block the API calls that put information in danger, keeping the system and its users safer. AI also enhances the ability of security programming to detect intrusion through static security checks that examine access patterns and scan payloads. By validating requests and scanning for harmful content patterns within API calls and messages, static security checks powered by AI have the potential to catch much more than simple rules and gateways. Among the many ways AI is changing modern business is how it’s changing ways in which managers and their teams improve API security measures to catch and prevent more cyberattacks than ever before possible. API developers can maximize security by experimenting with AI integration into security and efficiency strategies that are constantly self-improving. Improving Scalability and Efficiency Continued experimentation and integration of AI into the API space stands to improve the efficiency of these systems at large. From self-correcting to increasing the scalability of APIs, new and innovative technology represents a fast and powerful future of interface communication. From initialization, AI tools learn the interface and begin to monitor their vital metrics. Then, any issues that start to arise in the environment can be sorted out by the AI before they create larger problems for the API’s relationships and code. This saves API managers time and increases the efficiency of the process by preventing bugs and slowdowns. In a future of API predominance, the need for efficient API management at scale is an absolute necessity. While interfaces are designed for human use and experience, an assortment of tasks associated with the management of these systems may be automated by AI to reduce human labor on specification documentation, design, and developer experience assistance. This would allow APIs to be created and maintained at a larger scale, accommodating a broader API ecosystem. To attain this level of efficiency, developers must experiment with AI technology. Different applications of AI in API management have the potential to increase security and efficiency across the industry, taking API usage into the future. All it takes is the right combination of tech paired with the right API system. AI in the Consumption Stage of API Lifecycle Management Towards the end of the API lifecycle process comes the consumption stage in which developers need to publish and make their API discoverable to the many consumers who can use it. Here, too, AI has the potential to improve and alter the industry. Essential to any API is its discoverability and relevance to a consumer base in terms of providing relational data. AI and deep learning can largely automate these aspects of the interface by applying a wide range of data. No longer will API owners need to extensively catalog their interfaces manually, nor developers need to search hard for useful tools. AI can step in and automate these processes through large-scale data analysis and predictive software, getting better results for both providers and developers with less effort. Transforming an Industry The integration of artificial intelligence in everyday life is a reality that changes and disrupts a wide variety of industries. APIs are at the forefront of this change and stand to benefit substantially from AI’s increased security and efficiency. In the future, it may be possible for AI to build APIs from the ground up. For now, developers are experimenting with the tools to automate design, documentation, and maintenance processes so they can spend more time on the creation and implementation of APIs that fill a real human need. Through experimentation and integration of AI technology, the potential of APIs management is unimaginable.