What's New in API7 Enterprise 3.2.2: Audit Logging

March 4, 2024



APIs have become a critical component of enterprise data exchange and service integration in the digital age. With the increasing use of APIs, the demand for security and compliance in API management systems has also risen. The audit logging feature, as an essential part of API management, not only helps monitor and record user activities but also effectively identifies potential security threats and manages security risks. This article, based on the audit logging of API7 Enterprise, will elucidate its significant role in API management and provide practical guidance and recommendations for enterprises.

Audit Logging of API7 Enterprise

API7 Enterprise is a powerful API management platform designed to provide comprehensive API management solutions for enterprises. Among its core features, auditing plays a crucial role in monitoring, recording, and managing security risks.

Objectives and Value of Audit Logging

The core objectives and value of audit logging lie in providing enterprises with a transparent and traceable record of API usage. By recording all activities and operations of users on API7 Enterprise, audit logging helps enterprises meet compliance requirements, enhance system security, and provide data support for optimizing API usage and management.

Basic Concepts of Audit Logging

Audit logging, as the foundation of auditing, meticulously records all operation events of users on API7 Enterprise. Each audit log contains a series of information such as event ID, occurrence time, operator ID, and details of the corresponding response of request, collectively constituting the complete information of the log.

Log Auditing in API7 Enterprise

Log Retention Policy and Data Masking

By default, audit logs are retained for 180 days to meet the compliance requirements of most enterprises. To ensure the security and availability of audit logs, API7 Enterprise also establishes strict data masking mechanisms. For example, login operations undergo data masking for sensitive information such as passwords in requests.

Data Masking in API7 Enterprise

How to Use Audit Logging in API7 Enterprise

Firstly, all operations and activities of users are automatically recorded in corresponding audit logs without the need for additional configuration or intervention. These logs meticulously record information such as the type of operation, the object of operation, and the result of the operation.

When it comes to viewing or analyzing audit logs, users can access and query them through the interface or API interface provided by API7 Enterprise. Users can filter and sort logs based on event types, operators, resource IDs, and other criteria to quickly locate the required information. Additionally, users can choose specific time periods for filtering to meet different query requirements.

Tracking of Log Auditing

In addition to basic query and filtering functions, API7 Enterprise also supports exporting audit logs to JSON or CSV format files. These files can be further analyzed and processed locally, such as data mining and visualization using data analysis tools.

To meet higher-level audit requirements, API7 Enterprise also plans to support external notification channels in future versions. Through Webhook or email, audit logs can be pushed in real-time to specified external systems or services, enabling more granular and customized access and processing of audit data.

Roles of Audit Logging in Security Risk Management and Compliance

Audit logging plays a crucial role in identifying and managing security risks in security risk identification and management. By analyzing and monitoring audit logs, enterprises can promptly identify abnormal operations, potential security threats, and compliance risks. These findings provide valuable information and clues for enterprises to take corresponding security measures and response strategies.

Another important application scenario of auditing is compliance checks. Enterprises can utilize audit logs to demonstrate the compliance of their API management systems and meet the requirements of relevant regulations and standards. For example, in certain industries, enterprises need to retain API access records for a certain period for audits and inspections. With audit logging of API7 Enterprise, enterprises can easily meet these compliance requirements.

When using audit logging, enterprises also need to pay attention to some recommendations.

  • First, it is recommended to regularly review and analyze audit logs to promptly identify and address potential security issues.

  • Secondly, to ensure the integrity and availability of audit logs, it is recommended to backup and store logs.

  • Lastly, to protect user privacy and data security, enterprises should adhere to relevant privacy protection and data security standards when handling and analyzing audit logs.


API7 Enterprise provides a comprehensive and efficient API management solution by offering a robust and flexible audit logging feature for enterprises.

In the future, as technology continues to evolve and market demands change, API7 Enterprise will continue to innovate and improve to meet the growing security and compliance needs of enterprises. At the same time, we also recommend enterprises follow best practices and recommendations when using the audit function to ensure the security and compliance of their API management systems.

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