Audit or Penetration testing? Find your vulnerabilities before you get hurt!

SAST-Blog_Audit-vs-Pentest_Abb_1804To answer the question of which Security & Compliance check is right for you, we must first remember that the term “vulnerabilities” can refer to very different levels of your system landscape and thus refer to a number of attack vectors.

This ranges from system-side levels (e.g. operating system and network security) to the underlying database including the current parameterization of your SAP systems down to the authorizations required for operations and applications, including any SoD conflicts.

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General Data Protection Regulation – is your protection in place?

iStock-534223551The EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) takes effect on May 25, 2018, and hardly a day goes by without some news about it – and that’s the way it should be! As demonstrated by a DSAG member survey of SAP users just a few weeks ago, only just over half of all the companies (53%) have a roadmap. To say nothing of full implementation of the new requirements.

Michael Muellner, Head of Security & Compliance at AKQUINET, discusses helps to make this topic accessible to you by building a bridge from the statutory requirements to steps in operations and concrete tips.

 

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WITH HEADER LINE – it’s not simply obsolete; it’s a risk.

shutterstock_424352977_akqw_jpgThe addition “WITH HEADER LINE” has technically been unnecessary going back several SAP versions now. This is because the statement declares both internal tables and an additional data object – the header line.

There are a large number of notes that spread awareness that the use of this statement causes various content problems. Among other things, the use of the same name means that it is not immediately apparent as to whether you are working on a table or a header line.

However, what the notes typically do not warn you about is that this kind of programming goes hand in hand with security problems for your SAP systems.

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Are your SAP licensing costs really optimized?

adobestock_90461526-akqw_jpg-e1521716775595.jpgPressure is rising steadily for companies to keep costs down and information technology has not escaped this. In the SAP environment, licensing costs make up a particularly sizeable share of the overall IT costs and they are now being reviewed once again by many companies.

Our tip today will show you how to take the first step to reducing licensing costs yourself.

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IT Trends explained easily: Machine Learning

SAST-Blog_IT-TrendsMachine learning, Internet of Things and Blockchain are some of the new concepts that SAP Leonardo is bringing to the SAP ecosystem to reduce TCO, optimize business processes, and add more value to companies. If these terms are unknown territory for you, our new blog series “IT trends explained easily” is just right for you.

Our first article is about Machine Learning algorithms and how they can be applied.

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Is WannaCry possible for SAP systems?

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Last year, WannaCry brought some companies to the edge of absolute ruin. While the most common entry vectors are known, companies are still making it much too easy for hackers.

Officially, emails were to blame for the largest-scale cyberattack in recent years. If users clicked on the mail attachment, WannaCry implanted malware into the computers, propagated itself, and encrypted accessible data in the blink of an eye. In an alternative scenario, hackers had infiltrated the manufacturer of a subsystem and built the malware code into a software patch.
While unfamiliar emails can simply be deleted, the deployment of such a patch can undermine the in-house security system with breathtaking speed.

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