SAP security defines, within the SAP landscape, what data and processes users can access. It is an environment that combines several distinct components of cybersecurity, ranging from access control to security at the level of application to data protection. SAP security services are focused on keeping the system and the data (in short, your business) secure from various security threats while doing as little as possible to disrupt business operations. Users usually are only given adequate access to do their job. That is to say, only as much access as they need to get their tasks done.
The task of SAP security services is to ensure that each user only has access to the minimum necessary access they are meant to have, preventing staff from inadvertently compromising information that they do not have access to or potentially creating a security issue should they compromise sensitive information.
A Basic Understanding Of SAP Security
SAP security involves all the resources, processes, and controls set up in a SAP environment to restrict what users can access. This helps ensure that only the features they need to do their job can be accessed by users. It should be forbidden for them to see or change data that they are not allowed to see. At the same time, the access controls must be seamless so people don’t get locked out of their workflows and waste productive time getting back to work.
Let’s get an understanding of three main areas: how SAP security operates with GRC, the difference between SAP security and cybersecurity, and how your company’s SAP security needs can be addressed by managed security services.
While GRC analyzes user capabilities in the system and sets policies that meet compliance requirements, SAP security routinely implements those policies by provisioning new users and detecting system gaps that do not comply with GRC. Similarly, while SAP security concentrates mainly on insider threats, cybersecurity has, as the focus, external threats. A managed security services partner will assist the IT team with the sheer spectrum of risks involved in the SAP security environment and help monitor, revamp, and resolve any security threats and findings.
Basics of SAP Security: Security vs. GRC
SAP governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) is not the same as SAP security. GRC audits user access to spot user privilege or behavior problems, then compiles a compliant provisioning program to implement it using SAP security tools.
Basics of SAP Security: Access Control
Roles are allocated to users by SAP security. Each function requires users to carry out certain transactions (processes within the SAP system). While running a transaction, the user gets permission to perform specific tasks.
Under SAP security best practices, admins create a standard function for a position, which can then be assigned to anyone holding that position. For instance, a company might establish a financial consultant role that requires each consultant to perform a series of credit limit-related transactions and other tasks covered by their work. Each consultant can receive SAP HANA security authorization, but only for their clients, to address customer credit limits. It allows advisors to do their work while minimizing the challenges to security they face. It thus improves the overall security posture of enterprises.