sap securityMost companies see SAP security through one of two lenses: paranoia and denial. Those in denial generally don’t fully understand what SAP security is or why it’s necessary. They assume the work they put into vetting employees obviates the need to watch them, and see security and compliance as a bunch of pointless hoops they have to jump through.

 

On the paranoid end of the spectrum, things aren’t much better. Boards see threat actors everywhere, and feel powerless to stop them. After all, if they can’t even keep up with SAP GRC SOX compliance auditors, what chance do they have to catch a malicious insider with access to everything?

 

But SAP security is neither an unnecessary auxiliary to good hiring practices, nor an unwinnable fight against infiltrators — it’s a control process to address certain business risks. As with any business risk, a little worry is a good thing because it motivates you to do something about the problem. But with the skills and perspective of an outside partner, there’s no reason SAP security should keep you up at night.

 

SAP Security is a Context Process For Almost Everyone

 

SAP security is the set of tools used to restrict what users can do inside an SAP landscape. Your SAP security team needs a complex combination of business, technical and compliance knowledge to do it well. Their job is to give each user just enough access, while maintaining strong SOD controls in accordance with your business’ SAP GRC rules.

 

Most businesses either lack some of the required skills, or have better things to do with them. Even if your developer is great at administering SAP security, from a core vs. context perspective, they’re probably just wasting time on processes that yield no competitive benefit.

 

Additionally, there are inherent risks to having your own IT team supervise its own access. Malicious insiders are rare, but when companies fall victim to them, they can be among the most damaging internal threats. Additionally, internal culture can blind your team to gaps in your SAP security controls.

 

A Managed SAP Security Partner Is Ideal

 

A reliable SAP security partner can reduce the risk of an insider attack, catch mistakes your internal team might miss, and allow you to use internal resources more efficiently. For all but the largest organizations, managed SAP security services also make the most sense from a cost perspective. A managed services provider can leverage a degree of automation and experience your business can’t provide in-house, and pass the savings onto your company.

 

Working with a company with experience in other areas of security and compliance can provide even more benefits. Skills like regulatory compliance are very difficult to find, and security services like 24/7/365 incident detection and response are generally prohibitively expensive for an internal team. By bundling these competencies together, you can decrease your vulnerabilities, and put all your security worries behind you.

 

To learn more, check out our Managed Cyber Security solution brief.

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.