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Protecting API Keys for Cloud Services

My colleague Hugh Carroll has a good piece in Business Review Canada today about protecting API keys. Be sure to check it out. API keys are just as important to protect as other keys (e.g. SSL keys) but have not got nearly the same amount of awareness from security folks. How long before there is a major publicized API key breach?

In effect, easily accessed API keys means potentially anyone could use them to run up bills, this is akin to having access to someone's credit card and making unauthorized purchases. Yet despite this, API keys are often emailed around an organization without due regard to their sensitivity, or stored on file servers accessed by many people.  --Hugh Caroll

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