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For over 10 years we help companies around the world to optimize the security and stability of their SAP landscapes. On the Virtual Forge Blog, our experts provide relevant content ready to help you to better understand and mitigate your IT risks.


Dangers in SAP Transport Management Part 1: Circumventing AUTHORITY CHECKS

October 11, 2017 From Thomas Fritsch, Virtual Forge GmbH

The opinions on the SAP® authorization concept diverge widely. Surely, a certain complexity and the related maintenance effort cannot be denied. Yet, the most important requirement, the gapless protection of all read and write accesses within a program, can be realized quite well – at least in theory. In practice, there are several options to circumvent authorization checks.

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If you have heard of the SAP Gateway, you should read this.

October 4, 2017 From Virtual Forge GmbH

It's amazing that this vulnerability was published as late as 2012, considering the fact that the SAP gateway is a standard interface for every SAP system. And specifically interfaces should be secured by all means. Eventually it was SAP themselves, which had drawn attention to the SAP Gateway Exploit. One of the most dangerous weaknesses of each SAP system is thus recognized - but still not secured at many SAP customers.

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SAP Security Is Gaining Ground

September 28, 2017 From Caroline Neuber, Virtual Forge GmbH

Two independent studies have shown that the awareness regarding  SAP security has tightened up over the past 12 months SAP users of the DACH countries as well as the SAP user group United Kingdom and Ireland see the necessity to spring into action and better protect their systems.

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Take the First Step towards Higher Security with SAP® Penetration Tests

September 25, 2017 From Peter Maier-Borst, Virtual Forge GmbH

If you want to check if the doors of a house are securely locked, it is best to try it yourself. The resident has an advantage over an intruder: he knows all doors and windows which can be used or misused as entry points. The same holds true for SAP systems: a penetration test is far more effective if an external attack (black box pen-testing) is combined with an analysis of possible vulnerabilities from within (white box pen-testing).

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DevSecOps – Same Subject, Different Day

September 21, 2017 From Virtual Forge GmbH

It sometimes seems like new trends aren't even that new. This is especially hard to notice, if the trend has even gotten a new new. This is the case with DevOps or DevSecOps if security is being included.

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Tracking Risks in Custom Code

September 13, 2017 From Virtual Forge GmbH

At TRUMPF, an interruption to its SAP system could have serious consequences. This is why the mechanical engineering company, located in southwestern Germany, takes a targeted approach to ensuring seamless system operations. One approach is to use the Virtual Forge CodeProfiler, which identifies risks in custom ABAP code. 


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Small solution – big impact

September 12, 2017 From Virtual Forge GmbH

Just like in life, small things can have a big impact on SAP development. For example, the quality of the customer’s code naturally depends on several factors, like the correct interception of exceptions, the use of sufficient comments, and making sure that database access does not unnecessarily waste any resources. But if one takes a closer look at customers’ development guidelines, one often finds a passage dictating naming conventions. Applying these naming conventions to all objects is not an easy task though.

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SAP Security in the Age of Digitalization

September 11, 2017 From Virtual Forge GmbH

No matter if Industry 4.0, SAP HANA, Cloud or Blockchains: if you want to survive on the global market, you cannot afford to shut yourself off to recent IT trends. This is also shown by the relevant offers of SAP. But the progressing digitalization means higher demands on security.

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3 Ways to Minimize Email Phishing Attacks in Your Organization

August 29, 2017 From Virtual Forge GmbH

Old school email phishing attacks just won't go away.  Here's how to make sure your enterprise stays ready.

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Healthcare Enterprise Systems Need a Major Cybersecurity Overhaul

August 23, 2017 From Virtual Forge GmbH

As hospitals increasingly utilize connected medical devices, healthcare enterprise systems are struggling to keep up with the new security measures that these devices require to keep them (and their patients) safe from hackers.

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A Focus on Digitalization Might Mean More Investment in Cybersecurity

August 3, 2017 From Virtual Forge GmbH

As CEOs sit up and take notice of IT infrastructure by shifting investment dollars towards digitalization, CIOs see an opportunity for a larger cybersecurity investment.

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Cybersecurity Named 1 of 4 Core IT Skills Necessary for the Next Gen of Enterprise IT

July 26, 2017 From Virtual Forge GmbH

The role of the IT professional has changed more in the last 5 years than most jobs. Cybersecurity is now one of four core IT skills that CIOs say will be necessary for the next generation of IT professionals.

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How to Improve Cyber Security Awareness in Your Workplace

July 11, 2017 From Virtual Forge GmbH

Here's how to make sure your employees have cyber security awareness and know to protect themselves and their company from vulnerabilities.

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Enterprise Cloud Services Try to Woo SAP App Clients

July 4, 2017 From Virtual Forge GmbH

Enterprise cloud providers are making a major push to get SAP applications on board, but are enterprise companies ready?

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The Reason for Executives' Underinvestment in Cybersecurity is Rooted in Science

June 20, 2017 From Virtual Forge GmbH

Ever wondered why there's such a communication gap between the C-Suite and the IT department? Behavioral science has an explanation.

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