When attacks on business data grow more complex, the security features of legacy ERP applications are not able to keep up. Initially designed for easy access to data and business processes, Legacy ERP applications have created wide enforcement and security gaps that can lead to disastrous data breaches and millions lost to business policy violations. Outlined here are some approaches to meet the data security challenges successfully.
ERP Access Expansion
Users need mobile access, but sensitive exposure to data can lead organizations to feel apprehensive. Allowing mobile ERP access can pose unique challenges due to compromised user credentials, data exfiltration into unauthorized devices, privileged access management, management of internal governance policies, and many more.
In order to minimize risks, traditional network and system security is not enough when ERP access is ubiquitous. Fortunately, fine-grained solutions can be implemented, enabling enterprises to focus their security strategies on unique data elements. With data security solutions, you can improve user productivity without compromising ERP data security.
Preventing Phishing Attacks
Phishing attacks are a major cause of breaches and compromised passwords, leading to the theft of sensitive information such as social security and direct deposit numbers. Phishing attacks are a far higher threat if the hacker obtains a high-privilege credential.
Traditional ERP applications such as PeopleSoft depend primarily on a protection model involving username and password. Unfortunately, sophisticated phishing attacks are successful against that form of security model. Data security solutions using Multi-Factor Authentication and Single Sign-On solutions allow organizations to improve the identity and authentication process of PeopleSoft and provide better protection from phishing attacks.
Streamlining Reporting AndSoD Management
A cornerstone of compliance is rigorous Segregation of Duties (SoD) controls in ERP applications. Strong preventive governance policies are important for preventing disputes in high-value transactions. Data security solutions simplify SoD by providing complete visibility into user behavior, transaction use, and master data modifications.
Organizations can easily generate audit reports with information on actionable Segregation of Duties, speed up the audit process, improve the efficiency of their compliance operations, and eradicate false positives. It is necessary to filter out potential incidents and focus only on actual breaches of SAP Segregation of Duties as the amount and complexity of ERP data increases. Compliance officers, auditors, and data protection departments are equipped with the perfect security solution with the right amount of data to review during the audit process.
Implementing A Strong Access Policy
As access policy management grows in complexity, the conventional role-based access control (RBAC) is nearing its limits. One-off role derivations, introducing uncertainty and overhead to role provisioning and management, have created a role-explosion. Implementing access policy management checks beyond a user’s role, down to a field-value stage, in today’s ERP setting, which requires unscalable customization.
Organizations can simplify the implementation of governance policies compliant with global trade law, segregation of duties, or segregation of access between various business units by using an attribute-based access control layer (ABAC). The right kind of data protection solution will extend and modernize the current security model by implementing a fine-grain approach to user access control management by using contextual attributes.
Conventional ERP applications have not been created, keeping in mind the need to provide information on data access and use needed to comply with GDPR, CCPA, and other regulatory requirements. The ideal solution for data protection should provide layered data security, help companies conform to compliance guidelines, and provide the full scope of data access, along with the contextual details required to facilitate regulatory compliance.