Enterprises across the globe are seeing surging demand for digital experiences from their customers, employees, and partners. For many of these enterprises, hundreds of business applications are hosted in private or public clouds that interact with their users (customers, partners, and employees) spread across geographies, channels (web, mobile, APIs, VPNs, and cloud services), and time zones. As a consequence of this surge in demand, enterprises are also experiencing increased pressure to fortify their technical infrastructure against cyber attacks. The number of reported cyber attacks on U.S. companies rose 69% in 2020 from the previous year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Web and API attacks cannot be prevented but can be mitigated—a recent study showed that 55% of organizations experience a DDoS attack at least every month. While many enterprises are accelerating digital transformation to build omnichannel experiences, they need to keep security and privacy top of mind across all of these channels. This goal can only be supported by implementing a robust security architecture and organizational policy enforcement model that enables enterprises to prevent, detect, and react to newer threats, in near-real time. While it is easy to say, implementation of such a system can be extremely challenging. In this episode, Chris Hood is joined by Sai Saran Vaidyanathan and Sachin Kalra to break down the benefits and best practices for securing APIs for safer application development in the cloud.