API security is now its own category, and Gartner just created the category.

The API Security Tipping Point Has Arrived

Gartner’s decision to create a new reference architecture for PaaS security that includes API protection as one of three pillars signals a major shift in how organizations are securing their platform services. This change will have far-reaching implications on how APIs are secured, what tools are used, and who provides these services. It also reinforces the fact that this technology has reached critical mass – it’s no longer an emerging market but rather an essential component of modern IT infrastructure

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