Do you run multiple SAP systems in a hybrid landscape? Are you worried about how you can protect them in real time above and beyond the authorization level? A variety of challenges can arise in such situations, because the implementation of security-relevant measures is time and resource-intensive.
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”.
The procedure is well-known at SMEs and large companies: Every year, the auditor comes around for the IT audit, which is carried out as part of the annual overall review. The general objective is to ensure the security and integrity of the audited system (usually the SAP system used for accounting) and to identify potential risks. A management letter then describes follow-up measures to mitigate these risks in future. But does this approach still make sense today?
We are very pleased to be able to support the Swedish foundation TRR with our software solutions in the future! The company is planning to migrate their classic SAP ERP systems to SAP S/4HANA within a time frame of 6-12 months. Our SAST SUITE can be used for both the old and the new SAP landscapes.
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.
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.
Incorrect parameter settings in the SAP system, operating system, or database often result in serious security deficiencies. Numerous companies using a central auditing policy developed as a document are up against the same challenges. Typically, parameter values are compared manually with the target requirements, which of course is time consuming. This a lot of effort even just for one single system. As you might imagine, making the comparisons on system-landscape level is that much more complicated. By centralizing monitoring with an automated solution, you can use resources more efficiently while boosting your IT security.
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.