Standard SIEM monitoring is often insufficient to ensure SAP security, because the specific SAP logs and analyses can’t be interpreted and, consequently, attack patterns cannot be identified or recognized. Why this is the case, what companies can do to integrate SAP in their monitoring nonetheless, and why this end-to-end safeguarding can deliver additional benefits – our CTO Ralf Kempf explains it all in an article for it management magazine.
Sensitive enterprise data demands special protection. In addition to company-specific protection requirements, industry-specific specifications and legal regulations must also be observed. Minimizing the risk of losing critical data from SAP systems requires a variety of coordinated measures, collectively known as “data loss prevention”.
How should companies in the port and transportation logistics sector tackle cybersecurity? Can smaller and midmarket companies even protect themselves against the growing threats? Our CTO Ralf Kempf and his colleague Norbert Klettner, Managing Director of AKQUINET PORT CONSULTING, were interviewed on this subject by DVZ, a German transportation newspaper.
Companies that use SAP software, as well as the German-speaking SAP User Group (DSAG), are demanding security dashboards to provide for greater transparency and indicate necessary activities. The most critical risks, however, are those that arise as a combination of other events, which are not critical in and of themselves. After all, even the best dashboards aren’t able to display this kind of unidentified security incident.
Companies all over the world rely on SAP as their central enterprise software suite. That’s why it’s becoming ever more important for them to protect these SAP systems, along with the enterprise values they contain, with a professional cybersecurity and access governance strategy. Many international companies already trust the SAST SUITE to help them manage their international rollouts, and for good reason.
Companies have been sensitized to the risks: According to a recent report by consulting firm Ernst & Young, 97 percent of the surveyed executives expect that they will face an even greater risk of cyberattacks and data leaks in the future. And they also know that they can hardly keep up with the rapid advances. That’s why we recommend that you give thought to end-to-end protection of your SAP systems now – no matter whether you’re still using SAP ERP or have already migrated to SAP S/4HANA. The sooner you start with an end-to-end strategy, the better you’ll protect yourself against threats – both internal and external.
Information just now officially provided as part of the November SAP Patchday describes a new critical vulnerability: The SAP Security Note 2928635 (CVE-2020-6284) is a Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability (XSS) in SAP NetWeaver Knowledge Management. Act now to close the loophole!
The lack of SAP security management dashboards is discussed often by the Security & Vulnerability Working Group at DSAG, the German-speaking SAP User Group. The Working Group sees such tools an essential prerequisite for developing and monitoring the improved security concepts that are urgently needed. Yet a majority of companies has yet to implement the dashboard technology although now would be a particularly good time to implement this efficient tool for mitigating attacks in light of the increasing threat level posed by malware and ransomware.
In September 2020, the attack made headlines:
- Hackers responsible for IT disruption at Düsseldorf University Hospital.
- Hackers under investigation: Woman dead after attack on University Hospital.
- Hacker attack on Düsseldorf University Hospital: Investigation into involuntary homicide opened.
A hacker attack can be fatal. Data, goods and assets aren’t the only things to consider: Human lives are at stake where public spaces, in particular public health, is concerned.
The transition of the business world to SAP S/4HANA is picking up speed: that’s why every company should start preparing an end-to-end migration strategy for the new SAP system. It is essential that this strategy consider security aspects, as well, to avoid ending up sitting on millions in subsequent costs. The solution is Threat Intelligence.