The Virtual Incentives REST API utilizes a combination of Authorization, Authentication, and Encryption to secure its endpoints. Only pre-approved and qualified partners are permitted access to the REST API.

Authorization

The client must provide their IP address(es) from which the Virtual Incentives REST API will be accessed. If the client subsequently changes their IP address(es) from which it accesses the web service, the connection will be refused with a 403.6 error. Please notify Virtual Incentives at [email protected] in advance of changing your sending IP address(es).

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Multiple IP addresses are supported.

Authentication

Each client will be provided with a unique Username and Password that must be specified with each request. The REST API utilizes Basic Authentication over SSL.

Encryption

Any attempts to access the API without SSL will result in a 403.4 error.

Cloud Services

The Virtual Incentives Rest API is already compatible with some Cloud services. There are options available for each service to use the REST API, while still adhering to the whitelisting restriction.

Amazon AWS

Microsoft Azure

Azure Private IP Addresses: Microsoft Azure offers the use of private IP addresses, which are static public IP addresses that can be assigned to a virtual machine. The client can set a private IP to be static after creating a VM that will be making a call to the REST API and provide these addresses for whitelisting.

Resource: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-network/virtual-networks-static-private-ip-arm-pportal

Google Cloud

  • Static IP Addresses: Google cloud offers the use of static external IP addresses that can be assigned to a new VM instance. The client can reserve a new static external IP address and then assign the address to a new VM instance that will be making a call to the REST API and provide these addresses for whitelisting.

    Resource: https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/ip-addresses/reserve-static-external-ip-address

  • Cloud NAT Gateway/Instance: Google Cloud allows you to specify a NAT Gateway or NAT Instance. This functionality allows instances without external IP addresses and private Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) clusters to connect to the internet.

    Resource: https://cloud.google.com/nat/docs/overview