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Monday, June 26 2023 - 16:00
IIJ Launches API Security Protection as Part of Its "Safous" Zero-Trust Security Service Suite
TOKYO, June 26, 2023 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --

- "Safous WAAP" Eliminates API Endpoint Vulnerabilities with Zero-Trust Access 
Technology -

Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (hereinafter "IIJ," TSE Prime:3774), one of 
Japan's leading internet access and network solutions providers, announced on 
June 26, 2023, the launch of its new application programming interface (API) 
security service, Safous WAAP ( ), as part 
of its zero-trust security service suite, Safous ( ).

Safous WAAP is the world's first API protection designed to eliminate 
vulnerabilities using zero-trust access technology. Its initial release will 
focus on securing API connections from mobile apps, and IIJ's ultimate goal for 
the service is to eliminate API endpoint vulnerabilities with complete 
protection against zero-day attacks that are inevitable with existing WAAPs. 

"We're thrilled to announce our first-of-its-kind security service, Safous 
WAAP," said Miki Tanaka, Global Service Director, IIJ. "The reliance on APIs 
for collaboration between workplace applications and devices has led to an 
uptick in API-based attacks targeting businesses every year, which causes 
damage such as data leakage and unauthorized application access. Safous WAAP 
combines our expertise in developing DDoS protection and WAF services with 
zero-trust access technology to protect customers' APIs in a way never seen 

APIs that substantially contribute to businesses' digital transformation are 
exposed to malicious parties, resulting in a 400% increase in attacks targeting 
APIs over the past six months (*). Many businesses have had to slow the rollout 
of new applications due to API security concerns, highlighting the need for 
developers to implement more robust application access controls and risk 
mitigation measures. 

Safous WAAP hides API endpoints from the public internet using an 
authentication-based, zero-trust access approach with DDoS protection and WAF 
functionality, freeing developers from vulnerability risks and zero-day attacks 
for less than half the price of a full WAAP from other companies.

IIJ plans to extend use cases to general-purpose API and IoT applications by 
providing a wide variety of SDKs and will also add general web application 
protection for complete WAAP coverage.

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About Internet Initiative Japan Inc.
Founded in 1992, IIJ is one of Japan's leading internet access and 
comprehensive network solutions providers. IIJ and its subsidiary companies 
provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate 
customers. IIJ's services include high-quality internet connectivity, system 
integration, cloud computing, security, and mobile services. IIJ has built one 
of the largest internet backbone networks in Japan that is connected to the 
United States, the United Kingdom, and Asia. IIJ was listed on the Prime Market 
of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2022. 
For more information about IIJ, visit the official website:

The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about 
IIJ's future plans that involve risk and uncertainty. These statements may 
differ materially from actual future events or results.

*All company, product, and service names used in this press release are the 
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Source: Internet Initiative Japan Inc.