SAP Security: five ways to make sure you’ll be hacked

Hacker attacks threaten SAP security: All alarmist nonsense?(A guide of the less serious sort.)
Let’s be honest right off the bat: There’s a lot of hype in the media about IT security in general and SAP security in special these days. But is there really anything behind it? Those headlines about millions of data records going missing always affect someone else – whether it’s Equifax across the pond or the big tech companies that have been infiltrated by organized groups of Chinese hackers. It’s all alarmist nonsense!

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SAP Security & Compliance: “Customers need Solution Providers.”

SAST SOLUTIONS from AKQUINET honored with Softshell Vendor Award in GoldStarted with two modules in 2006, the SAST SOLUTIONS portfolio now comprises a comprehensive combination of software, consulting and service, and offers a holistic solution for safeguarding SAP systems. In this interview, Managing Director Bodo Kahl talks about the topics that concern himself as well as the entire industry, and describes the qualities that characterize a good service provider for SAP security and compliance today.

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SAP Security & Compliance: Challenges in the Context of S/4HANA, Code Security, and the Cloud

SAST DAYSThey say that major events cast a shadow that portends their arrival. In SAP environments, this applies in particular to the transition to S/4HANA, which companies will need to make before maintenance for SAP ERP expires in 2025.

As we covered this pending migration from various perspectives at our SAST DAYS 2019 event, interest in the topics of authorizations and code security was especially high. Let’s take a look back at those exciting days, which presented a balanced mix of current challenges and assorted solutions.

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Self-Adjusting Authorizations: SAST SOLUTIONS’s new tool intelligently slims down SAP roles

SAST-SUITE_Self-Adjusting AuthorizationsCompanies find themselves challenged again and again by the immense effort required to keep employee SAP authorizations up to date during day to day business. Our new SAST SUITE module, Self-Adjusting Authorizations, takes an intelligent approach to solving the most frequent problems: It removes unused transactions automatically, increasing both compliance security and protection against data misuse, in turn reducing administrative effort.

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Code injection by logical databases

SAST Code Security AdvisorLogical databases were once very popular. Complex selections were relatively easy to portray and effort-intensive reports were unnecessary. Users also appreciated the way dynamic selection worked, which encouraged developers to use the technique more and more. Starting from Version 7.50, SAP has now declared logical databases obsolete. Consequently, it advised against creating new logical databases, but allowed the old ones to continue as if nothing had happened. This, however, is a security risk that could impact any report.

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An example from practice: A holistic, professional approach to safeguarding SAP landscapes

SAST SOLUTIONSMany companies work with internal solutions to safeguard their SAP landscapes. However, operating systems, databases and SAP systems, especially those at large companies or even international groups, can have very complex IT landscapes – and are often insufficiently protected against unauthorized attempts to access these landscapes. This used to be the situation at a leading global automotive supplier. Now, the company relies on SAST SUITE from AKQUINET to safeguard its SAP landscapes.

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SAST Security Policies: Automation and more transparency thanks to new update features

SAST Security PolicySecurity policies allow companies to ensure compliance with data integrity, secrecy, availability and authenticity. Such policies are constantly being updated and scaled to keep up with changes to ongoing operations. When additional policies are added in compliance with guidelines – for example a software update or a DSAG audit, the policy must be compared. To date, this has required checks by hand. Since the Release 5.0 SAST SUITE offers solution, providing automatic identification and adoption of deltas where policies differ.

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