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Guardians of the Gateway: Unveiling API Security Secrets

February 15, 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST


February 15, 2024 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm EST

The National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s (NMFTA) cybersecurity webinar series Guardians of the Gateway: Unveiling API Security Secrets was held from 1:00-2:00 pm ET on Thursday, February 15, 2024.


APIs play a central role in today’s economy, powering the exchange of data and services between applications and businesses. However, with great power comes great responsibility, and API security is more critical than ever. In this session, we discussed the OWASP API Security Top 10, a comprehensive guide to the most critical API security risks which first release in 2019 and updated in 2023. We then dove into real-world examples of API security issues found on well-known solutions powered by APIs, providing a detailed analysis of the vulnerabilities and the impact they could have had on the affected organizations. Attendees now have a better understanding of the importance of API security and the steps they could take to protect their organization’s APIs from attacks.

Meet Your Speakers

Paulo Silva is a security practitioner with a solid background in software development, who has spent the last decade focused on identifying critical vulnerabilities and breaking software. Paulo is a long-time OWASP volunteer and co-leader of the OWASP API Security Project, where he advocates for secure API practices and contributes significantly to mitigating security risks in the API landscape.

Erez Yalon is the VP of Security Research at Checkmarx. He oversees Checkmarx’s research team of analysts, pen testers, security engineers, and bug bounty hunters. He brings vast experience to his role and his efforts to empower today’s developers and organizations to deliver more secure applications. He is the Founder of the DEF CON AppSec Village and co-leads the OWASP API Security Project. Yalon has spoken RSAC, Black Hat, DEF CON, and OWASP’s global conferences, and featured in news outlets such as Fortune, Forbes, Wired, TechCrunch, and Dark Reading.

Antwan Banks is an accomplished cybersecurity professional with extensive experience in various high-profile roles. He is the director of enterprise security for the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), and plays a pivotal role in educating the trucking and supply chain industry about the intricate security risks associated with truck and enterprise networks. He serves as a key liaison between vendors, engineers, and NMFTA members to enhance the industry’s overall security posture.


For questions regarding the webinar, contact NMFTA’s Director of Programs and Events, Erin Carter, at erin.carter@nmfta.org.