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.
In most cases, enterprise networks are infected as a result of human error. Employees click on spoofed links, accidentally reveal their passwords to third parties, or open a file that contains unexpected malware. In attack vectors involving the SAP GUI, employees are often not to blame, because an incorrectly configured SAP system is enough to enable damage to the IT landscape.
On January 23, 2020, news broke on one of the biggest data leaks to date in Germany. Apparently, it was possible for anyone on the Internet to gain full access to the backup of the entire database of car rental company Buchbinder. The ramifications are difficult grasp.
Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Berlin’s water supply and wastewater disposal company, is a public institution and is therefore subject to special legal requirements. High security standards apply to both business processes and its IT operations. As a consequence, setting up transparent SAP authorization management company-wide to meet all of these requirements was one of the water company’s most critical tasks.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is both a blessing and a curse: While it offers tremendous potential benefits, it also fosters uncertainty when it comes to protecting these complex connections against unauthorized access. After all, as more things get connected to the Internet, the risk of hacker attacks also increases.
(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!
In spite of the hype surrounding the cloud, the on-premise model in which customers run their own SAP software is still the norm. However, that doesn’t rule out a service provider handling part of the operations; indeed, hosting is a widely used model, particularly among SMEs. While the roles at hand are usually clearly assigned in a hosting model like this, the same unfortunately doesn’t always apply to SAP system security.
(Partner blog post of SERPENTEQ GmbH)
On April 19, 2019, at the OPCDE Cyber Security conference in Dubai, security researchers Dmitry Chastuhin and Mathieu Geli gave a presentation called “SAP gateway to Heaven”. They re-visited two configuration issues (related to SAP Gateway and SAP Message Server) that have been known for many years and for which detailed security guidelines have been available for years. Now the researchers applied some admirably creative thinking to combine them.