Sean Leach

API Caching

Extending App Architecture Performance and Security

Date: This event took place live on February 02 2016

Presented by: Sean Leach

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes.

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The extensible reach of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) has enabled enterprises to transform countless business processes into web services with seemingly limitless scale and reach. Or has it? This talk will introduce unique API caching methods to address the common performance and scalability challenges experienced by providers of RESTful APIs, and also discuss how cached APIs can protect against the latest security threats to web infrastructure at scale.

By gleaning insights from Fastly's vast insight into the full range of web attacks against both its customers and itself, this talk will update on current web exploits and attacks, as well as analyze some of the latest attack profiles. It will also cover some of the latest improvements in Web PKI (SSL/TLS) that a website should absolutely be using for their web and API stack. Attendees will learn what online resources lack in detail about how to configure SSL/TLS amid continued turmoil around governments snooping on end user traffic, including the proper setup to make sure web application end users are protected.

The ability to cache whole APIs, is a relatively new way to extend and scale API-based app architecture, without without sacrificing performance or security. This talk will offer attendees a first opportunity to learn how to configure and automate API caching for maximum performance and broad protection.

About Sean Leach

Sean is VP of Product at Fastly, where he is in charge of product management, product marketing and strategy. He was previously VP, Technology for Verisign, where he provided strategic direction along with product and technical architecture and was a primary company spokesperson. Sean was previously CTO of, a top 15 domain registration and web hosting company as well as a Sr. Director at Neustar. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Delaware. His current research focus is on DNS, DDOS, Web / network performance, Internet infrastructure and combating the massive Internet security epidemic.