Fortifying the Fortress: Do’s and Don’ts of Strengthening SAP Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity is more crucial than ever, particularly for enterprise applications running the SAP platform. The focus on SAP platforms is justified because they are used by 99 of the Fortune 100 companies and have over 280 million cloud subscribers globally. Many companies run SAP ERP, SAP SRM, and SAP HCM environments while moving SAP implementations to the cloud. Due to the significant scaling of SAP systems, organizations are losing track of their vulnerability as hyperscalers, SaaS models, on-prem, and cloud-based systems continue to expand the attack surface.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) to help IT departments understand the ever-increasing, porous nature of their vital business systems. The NIST CSF is a generic framework that offers five core functions for effectively managing cybersecurity risks:

  1. Identify an organization’s cybersecurity risks and inventory the systems, assets, data, and capabilities that need protection.
  2. Implement safeguards and controls to ensure that critical systems and data are secure.
  3. Implement processes and tools to detect cybersecurity events and security-critical activities.
  4. Develop and implement an incident response plan to manage cybersecurity events.
  5. Establish processes and procedures within the recovery function to restore systems and data after a cybersecurity event.

However, NIST is only a framework or guideline to help IT personnel better understand cybersecurity risks. Many organizations do not realize that native SAP security (out-of-the-box) cannot offer the in-depth protection needed to thwart hacking attempts.

Realize What You Don’t Know

Although servers, security logs, and system communications help secure data, it’s still essential to monitor and track every movement within SAP systems. Out-of-the-box SAP tools do not allow for efficient monitoring, and a complete approach is necessary to harden all attack vectors. The native SAP Solution Manager and the integrated configuration validation tools are only a starting point.

The Attack Most Don’t See Coming

The SAP information disclosure vulnerability is an often overlooked cybersecurity gap. An SAP information disclosure vulnerability is a security flaw that enables unauthorized access to sensitive data in SAP systems. This can pose a serious risk to businesses that depend on SAP systems to store and manage sensitive data.

Stopping Disclosure Vulnerabilities—A Multi-Layered Approach

Preventing information disclosure vulnerabilities in SAP systems requires a multi-layered approach involving a combination of technical controls, policies and procedures, and user awareness. Security platforms are available that offer solutions to help organizations improve the security of their SAP systems. These cybersecurity solutions provide advanced features such as Vulnerability Management and Real-Time Threat Detection.

Conclusion

As the adoption of SAP continues to rise globally, the risk of hackers penetrating valuable data also increases. IT personnel must approach SAP security thoughtfully and avoid reliance on out-of-the-box cybersecurity remedies as their primary frontline defense. The best protection against hackers is a well-orchestrated offense, leveraging real-time—and trusted—alerts from platforms intricately designed as a companion to the main application.

Remember, security measures in native applications often only cover the basics, and today’s well-funded and organized hackers are far from basic.

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