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3/26/2020
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Security Not a Priority for SAP Projects, Users Report

Nearly 70% of SAP users surveyed believe organizations lacked focus on IT security during previous SAP implementations.

A vast majority (68.8%) of SAP users believe their business placed inadequate focus on IT security during SAP implementations, researchers report in a new study on SAP security. More than half (53.4%) said it was "very common" to find SAP security flaws in the audit process. 

Turnkey Consulting researchers polled more than 100 SAP customers, all of whom were at the managerial level or above, across the UK, Europe, Asia, and the US. Their goal was to learn the cost and effects of SAP security remediation; to do this, they asked about participants' current security position, perceived costs to fix it, and plans for security in future SAP implementations.

Respondents expect SAP audit findings for at least 80% of companies, indicating a broad belief that auditors will focus on SAP as a business-critical system. But they are not confident in their SAP environments: one-fifth of SAP customers don't have the skills and tools to effectively protect their SAP applications and environments; 64.5% said they have "some" skills and tools.

Taking a closer look at specific areas of concern, 93.2% believe it's likely an SAP audit would reveal access management problems. Most (86.4%) think it's "common" or "very common" to have audit findings related to privileged or emergency access. This may indicate a broad lack of effective controls for privileged access management, or low confidence in current controls.

Overall, it seems these concerns are driving a stronger focus on security. Nearly 75% of respondents anticipate IT security will be a higher priority in future SAP deployments; 89.6% say security specialists should be recruited to support SAP S/4 HANA transformation initiatives.

Read the full report here.

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tdsan
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3/31/2020 | 8:08:36 AM
Re: For 99% it is not priority
One thing companys could do would be to incorporate their SecDevOps security practices in the very beginning of their SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle) models, this will help to alleviate some of the problems associated with security and it will help to reduce costs because the number devices and applications needed to secure an application could be reduce by bring in SecDevOps groups during the initial phases of the application development/implementation process.

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Dr.T,
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3/30/2020 | 10:11:38 PM
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Nearly 75% of respondents anticipate IT security will be a higher priority in future SAP deployments; One piece of good news hopefully it will come soon.
Dr.T
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3/30/2020 | 10:09:01 PM
Re: For 99% it is not priority
In that light, projects are viewed for their output and expediency not their security. Yes. Security is pure expense at the beginning.
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3/30/2020 | 10:06:56 PM
Re: For 99% it is not priority
most companies are looking at the upfront dollars of what their new product will net them instead of big picture Agree. Security is always seen at the expense part of the equation, so hard to convince people holding the money in the organization.
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3/30/2020 | 10:04:52 PM
Re: For 99% it is not priority
I guess for the most projects security is not priority. I guess this is right unfortunately.
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3/30/2020 | 10:04:00 PM
ERP
SAP users believe their business placed inadequate focus on IT security during SAP implementations, ERP system are falling behind the time obviously.
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3/30/2020 | 10:46:46 AM
Re: For 99% it is not priority
Unfortunately this is all too true most of the time. Best practice security needs to be ingrained in implementation but most companies are looking at the upfront dollars of what their new product will net them instead of big picture what could implementing this securely save us in the long run. In that light, projects are viewed for their output and expediency not their security. At least generally, not in all cases.
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3/26/2020 | 3:49:41 PM
For 99% it is not priority
I guess for the most projects security is not priority. It becaomes priority when projects start facing security issues
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