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.
SAP systems contain numerous transactions that enable applications to be accessed quickly. However, transactions can also be used to access sensitive business processes and confidential information. This is why events relevant to security have to be filtered out of a sea of data and placed in the proper context. This means that in order to evaluate and analyze conspicuous events, intelligent management is required.
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The Security Audit Log allows users with extensive authorizations to be monitored. This is particularly useful for ensuring compliance with both internal security policies and external legal requirements. The SAP standard tool gives an overview of critical activities relevant to security and logs them.
To secure and encrypt customer networks, SAP offers the SNC (Secure Network Communications) interface with which users can log in to SAP systems without having to enter a user name or password. In the standard system, SAP login credentials are transmitted in clear text. The SNC interface routes calls through the SAP Cryptographic Library, to encrypt all communications between the SAP GUI and the SAP server. This enables secure individual logins for SAP.
To achieve the most comprehensive protection possible against potential attacks in SAP environments (and deal with those that do occur), encryption mechanisms and up-to-date cryptography libraries are required using TLS.
The Gateway is a central communication component of an SAP system. As such, it is an attractive target for hacker attacks – and should receive corresponding protections. If the Gateway protections fall short, hacking it becomes child’s play. Despite this, system interfaces are often left out when securing IT systems. Should a cyberattack occur, this will give the perpetrators direct access to your sensitive SAP systems.
A password is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that it permits relatively secure authentication. The curse is that because the complex passwords required for secure login are often too hard to remember, even for those with good memories. A forgotten password is annoying for users. It also costs a lot of money. Read more to learn just how high the costs can be and how you can avoid them.
Many 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.
Minol stored millions of sensitive information of private and business customers in its complex SAP system landscape. Therefore it was important for Minol to prevent unrequested downloads and to protect the data from possible data theft.