Protecting your data – the right transition from a bolted door to a secured door, with SAP

April 20, 2018

In the current disruptive economy, businesses cannot keep a bolted door when it comes to their data.
It’s the age of ubiquitous connectivity. How can you profit from this “anywhere, anytime” opportunity of meeting your clients’ requirements – from behind an enclosed system?
The answer is that you cannot. The only way to thrive in the IoT environments, while simultaneously protecting your data, as well as your clients’ is to choose the right tools. You need a secured door, instead of a bolted one.

SAP is cyber-security mindful, and customization completes the circle

You must have heard by now about software that comes rigged with security flaws. It is often the case of improvised software, of uncertain origins. It may attract customers with low prices, but it acts as a Trojan horse. Implementing such software in your organization is highly risky.
The situation often happens in industrial software. Cheaper IoT connected products come with same-range software and causes cyber-security gaps. But it is not uncommon for other types of businesses to make similar mistakes and trust their data into unsafe hands.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, big brand software involves meticulous testing. This process is performed by experts in the field. Continuous support in the form of updates makes sure that all vulnerabilities are gradually filtered out. As the malicious cyber entities are not static either, new types of vulnerabilities that emerge also need remedying.
SAP vouches for the initial degree of cyber-attack –proof safety in its code. It is a cyber-security mindful brand that continually works on keeping its clients on the safe side.


Your SAP partner, another important cyber-security actor

Whenever you install a new appliance in your house, the fittings are equally important, right? It’s the same with software implementation. Actually, not quite the same – it is tenfold more impactful, if not even higher.
This complex implementation process needs an experienced SAP partner. Each company, each SAP user has its own requirements, uniquely structured or mixed processes, and specific needs. These all count when it comes to actually seamlessly integrating an SAP system, which will act as a backbone of your processes.
For the operations that count on SAP, this system is similar to an operating system. It needs to be configured, functional, safe and also updated for safety. Depending on who will interact with it and how, there may be soft spots to reinforce, credential-protected areas to configure and so on.
In order to benefit from all the data protection mechanisms SAP designed, you need an SAP partner to set them up in a highly professional manner for your operations, and your operations only.


A third layer of protection

Of course, there are organizations who need even more reassurance their data is protected against any possible risks. Highly sensitive data is never over-protected. No measure is too much. That is why experts in data security for SAP systems exist.
In the light of the GDPR provisions, the companies that aim for standard malicious-proof software have to only readjust their policies. Your SAP partner comes in and does this – as requested by you. As SAP anticipated the GDPR-induced changes, it’s all in the code already. It just needs to be synchronized, configured and ultimately explained to the users.
For those who need the highest level of data protection, it comes separately in the form of cyber-security companies specializing in SAP.
*Our topic sprung from one online article signed by an SAP cyber-security expert, as you may see here. Even for the companies that do just fine with the easier to achieve, standard-level security, the article may prove interesting, as it proved for us.


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