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If it’s true that the eye is the window to the soul, then the Application Programming Interface (API) is the window to the solution.

After all, an API is a way for products to communicate with each other through a well-documented (or not so well-documented) interface just as the eye perceives and communicates with the outside world. APIs allow companies to open up data to external third party developers, consume data from third-party product interfaces, and automate and orchestrate processes prone to human error.

An app developer can leverage a good API with ease and invoke it via a web browser, scripting language, or command line quickly.

These good APIs are a flexible way of extending a product’s capabilities to partners and customers alike.  An API is where a product interacts with other products and processes – if it is attractive to the intended consumer it “sells”.  It doesn’t matter whether that consumer ultimately pays a price for the API (In my opinion, they shouldn’t.) or for that matter whether internal or external to your organization. The point is that you want the API to be used because it is useful and creates value whether that be in reliable processing, lowered costs, faster time to value, or increased security.

When done right, APIs enable enterprises to innovate faster and reach new audiences, which is why I am writing about them today.

Tripwire has been investing in our APIs for longer than my decade with this company. I run technology alliances, so having an easy way to extend our products capabilities with third-party technologies is central to my role and more importantly to Tripwire’s ability to participate meaningfully in an ecosystem that protects our customer’s data.

For example, the Tripwire® Enterprise (TE) Commander is a cross-platform CLI for Tripwire Enterprise that allows unlimited integration and workflow possibilities.

It offers a consistent, flexible, and reliable way to retrieve rich information from the Tripwire Enterprise SOAP and REST APIs. Reference integrations exist for GRC, ITSM, IAM, Cloud Platforms, DevOps, and even data ingestion from ICS/SCADA devices.

If you would like to see these, I encourage you to check out Tripwire’s Technology Alliance Program. And if you are a Tripwire Enterprise customer or partner, you should take a look by logging into the Tripwire Customer Center to get a free copy.

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Another great example for organizations using Tripwire IP360 is Tripwire IP360 Commander, which is a powerful yet simple way to integrate and automate many of the complex systems and enterprise applications needed for business.

Tripwire IP360 Commander is a cross-platform command line interface (CLI) for Tripwire IP360 that allows unlimited integration and workflow possibilities. It also offers a consistent, flex­ible, and reliable way to retrieve rich information from Tripwire IP360. Reference integrations exists for GRC, ITSM, IAM, Cloud Platforms, and Asset Discovery. And it’s also free!

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At Tripwire, we believe our solution set is designed to provide the best foundation for your security and compliance program, but it is only one piece of a complex puzzle.

We know you have too few people running so many complex processes around IT Service Management, DevOps, Governance and Risk, Incident Response, Identity and Access Management, and on and on.

It’s critically important for Tripwire to be a good citizen within that ecosystem, and our ability to integrate and share information with other tools and applications is how we achieve that. Tripwire uses this col­laborative approach to align its solu­tions with your evolving IT ecosystem and has been doing this for a long time.

To learn more about how the Tripwire product portfolio can secure your business, click here.