API Key management is a crucial aspect of ensuring security and controlled access in any web development agency. OSKY’s API Key management process involves defined procedures to create, monitor, and revoke API keys securely.
1. Request and Approval:
- Request Submission – Developers or relevant stakeholders submit a request for a new API key, specifying the intended use and scope.
- Review and Approval – A designated administrator reviews the request, ensuring alignment with security policies and business requirements, and approves or denies accordingly.
2. Key Generation:
- Automated Key Generation – Upon approval, an automated system generates a unique API key tied to the specified project or application.
- Access Controls – Implement access controls to define the level of permissions associated with each API key, restricting or allowing specific actions.
3. Documentation and Communication:
- Record Keeping – Maintain a centralised record of all generated API keys, including associated projects, permissions, and creation dates.
- Communication – Notify relevant stakeholders of the new API key, providing details on its usage, restrictions, and any other pertinent information.
4. Secure Distribution:
- Encrypted Delivery – If applicable, deliver API keys securely through encrypted channels, ensuring confidentiality during transmission.
- Access Controls: Restrict access to API keys only to authorised personnel, minimising the risk of unauthorised use.
5. Monitoring and Logging:
- Real-time Monitoring – Implement real-time monitoring of API key usage, tracking requests, and identifying any unusual or suspicious activities.
- Logging – Maintain comprehensive logs of API key usage, facilitating audits and investigations in case of security incidents.
6. Key Rotation:
- Scheduled Rotation: Establish a periodic key rotation schedule to enhance security by regularly replacing existing API keys.
- Communication: Notify relevant stakeholders in advance of key rotation to minimise disruption and ensure a smooth transition.
7. Revocation Process:
- Request for Revocation – Establish a process for developers or administrators to submit a request for API key revocation when it is no longer needed or in the event of a security concern.
- Immediate Revocation – In cases of security breaches or unauthorised usage, have a mechanism for immediate API key revocation.
8. Audit and Compliance:
- Regular Audits – Conduct regular audits of API key usage, permissions, and access logs to ensure compliance with security policies.
- Compliance Checks – Periodically review and update the API Key management process to align with industry standards and evolving security requirements.
By implementing this defined and managed API Key management process, OSKY ensures not only the security of its systems but also maintains control and transparency over API key usage. This process aims to prevent unauthorised access, track usage patterns, and swiftly respond to any security concerns, contributing to a robust and secure web development environment.