What's the difference between a finding and an alert?

September 18, 2023
October 31, 2023

Findings are a framework used to provide you with details about issues or potential issues with your APIs. Findings are generated when an issue that corresponds with the OWASP top 10 API security issues is identified. Findings can be identified when an event occurs. An event occurs when a specification is uploaded to the FireTail platform or when a GitHub repository is scanned. When an event happens, the events processor scans the file or repository. If the criteria is met, a finding is created. A single event can result in the discovery of multiple findings. 

A finding is triggered and defined based on specific criteria, alerts on the other hand are activated through the filters and conditions that you configure for each alert. When the conditions are met, you receive an alert to your chosen notification method. For instance, you could elect to receive an alert when there are over 50 requests with a 200 response code within a two-hour timeframe.

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