SAP AuditIt’s easy to think of your SAP auditor as the bad guy. An SAP security audit can feel like just another battle in an endless war against an unbeatable opponent. From documentation issues to Segregation of Duties (SOD) conflicts, to inadequate compensating controls, there’s always some new gap in your defenses for them to attack.

 

And no matter how much you budget, or how carefully you construct your SAP audit checklist, you know you’ll emerge every bit as bruised and battered from the next round.

 

Automated Access Control Is the Only Way to Catch Up

 

It doesn’t have to be like this. The auditor isn’t there to hurt you, they’re there to prepare you to battle the real bad guys — malicious or incompetent insiders who could do real damage to your business. The problem is, you haven’t invested in the right weapons to win the battle.

 

While the cloud processes your transactions at the speed of light, you’re using document-centric review processes and manual remediation to monitor and defend your landscape. It takes months just to sample your audit logs, and months more to sort through missing or poorly-updated change logs just to decipher your own security model.

 

Add in the hassle of gathering approvals, the inscrutability of regulatory regimes like SAP GRC SOX compliance, and the hunt for missing or poorly-updated documentation and you end up with an unwinnable situation — and that’s before your SAP audit even begins!

 

Automated access control shifts all the tracking, monitoring and number crunching to your backend, drastically reducing the time, cost and work that goes into preparing for an SAP audit. ControlPanelGRC® SAP Access Control Suite continuously monitors your SAP landscape, detecting SOD conflicts and other issues in real time. SAP audit reports are executed automatically and routed to the proper authorities for review and approval. Instead of spending months sampling transaction logs, you can have the benefit of complete, instantaneous visibility.

 

Be Always Audit Ready™

 

When you’re prepared, an SAP audit is an opportunity, not a threat. ControlPanelGRC SAP GRC software allows companies to shift to a new paradigm of continuous improvement, where auditors are allies in finding and remediating risks. The software automatically flags Issues like excessive user privileges, and facilitates day-to-day SAP security administration, ensuring that the big problems are already out of the way long before the SAP audit. Approvals are tracked and compiled as you go, so you don’t have to waste time digging up old emails and forms.

 

And when it’s time to review your SAP audit program, your auditor will have all the information at their fingertips, in a user-friendly interface that lets them drill down from broad summary to deep insight. They can quickly identify risks, and implement new controls almost instantly. You and your auditor may never be the best of friends, but with ControlPanelGRC, at least you’ll always know you’re on the same side.

 

To learn more, check out our GRC 20/20 ControlPanelGRC case study, Enabling 360° Control in SAP Environments.

About Ben Uher, Client Manager of Security & Controls

Ben Uher manages the SAP Security and Controls Practice at Symmetry where he leads a team of permanent Consultants in delivering SAP Security and GRC offerings to global organizations. His deep knowledge in everything SAP Security and GRC related has come from the opportunity to work with over 150 Organizations running SAP throughout various cycles of their implementations. Variation in industry, sector and size has provided a breadth of opportunity and experience in almost every facet of SAP technology spanning HANA, Fiori, ERP, BW/BI, HCM and SCM amongst others. Most importantly, Ben is driven based on results and continually strives to provide exceptional support for the organizations that rely on him and his team as trusted advisers for SAP Security and GRC support.