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The Essential OAuth Primer: Understanding OAuth for Securing Cloud APIs

White Paper Published By: Ping Identity
Ping Identity
Published:  Feb 12, 2016
Type:  White Paper
Length:  10 pages

A key technical underpinning of the cloud and the Internet of Things are Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). APIs provide consistent methods for outside entities such as web services, clients and desktop applications to interface with services in the cloud. More and more, cloud data will move through APIs, but the security and scalability of APIs are currently threatened by a problem called the password anti-pattern. This is the need for API clients to collect and replay the password for a user at an API in order to access information on behalf of that user via that API. OAuth 2.0 defeats the password anti-pattern, creating a consistent, flexible identity and policy architecture for web applications, web services, devices and desktop clients attempting to communicate with cloud APIs.



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