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10 Tips for Securing Your SAP Implementation

Without clear ownership of security for a critical business platform like SAP, it should come as no surprise that SAP cybersecurity continues to fall through the cracks among IT, admin, security and InfoSec teams.
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Tip 1: Recognize the Risk

SAP runs some of the most critical business apps imaginable. They, in turn, hold quite a few of your companys crown jewels.

As with most challenges we face in life, the first step to solving a problem is recognizing that we, in fact, have a problem. The world of information security is no different. And as you might deduce, the world of securing your SAP platform is also the same.

Before you can get buy-in from the business and the technical teams to solve the problem, you first need to accept that you have a risk or a deficient process in your SAP implementation. One way to obtain this level of risk recognition is to think through your current situation by asking the following questions:

  1. How quickly do I apply critical (CVSS 8 or higher) patches for my Windows systems?
  2. How quickly are critical patches applied to my SAP systems, according to my SLA?
  3. If the latter is longer than the former, why am I willing to live with severe risk in my SAP systems for longer periods (sometimes significantly longer) than my Windows systems?
  4. What business processes and critical information flow through my SAP systems?
  5. Is it acceptable for them to be exposed to this risk?

If you are fortunate enough to find your answers didnt send you into a full tailspin, a quick technical review at this point -- meaning, simply checking that each SAP system is running the latest service pack -- could change that perspective dramatically. Even if you have the latest service packs installed, its probably wise to keep flicking through these slides to make sure you have some other tips covered as well.

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