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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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).Read more
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.Read more
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.
BY SEBASTIAN REIM, SAP DEVELOPMENT TEAM LEAD AT TRUMPF GMBH + CO. KG
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.Read more
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.Read more
Old school email phishing attacks just won't go away. Here's how to make sure your enterprise stays ready.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Here's how to make sure your employees have cyber security awareness and know to protect themselves and their company from vulnerabilities.Read more
Enterprise cloud providers are making a major push to get SAP applications on board, but are enterprise companies ready?Read more
Ever wondered why there's such a communication gap between the C-Suite and the IT department? Behavioral science has an explanation.Read more