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SAP Security in the Age of Digitalization

September 11, 2017 | From Virtual Forge GmbH

Finger pointing on tablet pc, charts concept.jpegNo 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.

Top priority is that digitalization and data security have to be declared as management issues. The manager cannot simply focus on technical issues. Rather, they also have to build personal resources and specialist knowledge to be able to use the chances given by the digital transformation while minimizing its dangers.

It is of utmost importance to invest in IT specialists (e.g. through further training) in order to establish a competent in-house IT support. Furthermore, the employees of the other departments also need to be regularly informed about IT innovations and their security risks. Main safety hazards are Shadow IT and the use of private devices. Because it happens more and more often that malware enters the company's IT infrastructure via mobile devices, like smartphones or tablets. This is especially the case for SAP landscapes. Many consider their SAP landscape to be separate from their "regular" IT infrastructure but today's SAP systems are de facto just as connected – and due to that, vulnerable. 

In addition, management needs to explicitly name an IT contact person, whom other workers can call on and who is also in charge of communication with IT service providers. It is recommended to regularly work with external advisers to sensibly complement one's own IT competence.  

More useful tips about digital change without security risks can be found on cio.de (German only)

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