Are Your Data Privacy Strategies Ready?

    In line with the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), it is high time businesses reviewed their data privacy policies and strategies. Enterprises could be fined thousands of dollars for data breaches.

    Improving ERP CCPA Compliance: Some Strategies

    Organizations that use SAP ECC, PeopleSoft, S/4HANA, and Oracle EBS are likely to face additional compliance issues due to the inherent limitations of these legacy ERP systems. Let’s look at a few approaches to strengthen the ERP systems to boost CCPA compliance and develop capabilities to prepare for the uncertainty concerning data privacy.

    1: Increased Visibility into User Activity

    As per the CCPA, organizations should take adequate data security measures (especially personal data) and meet data subject access requests (DSARs). That means organizations need to know what personal data they have and the user behavior that is going on around them. However, traditional ERP systems do not provide such a degree of granularity, which is now required.

    Organizations need to broaden their native logging capabilities by implementing a policy that focuses on data access and usage in order to have detailed visibility into data usage. In other words, organizations must capture contextual information such as access date, User ID, IP address, device, access location, actions taken, etc.

    This knowledge is essential for monitoring enforcement and for understanding how data is being used within the organization.

    2: High Privilege Access Needs Highest Priority for Strengthening DLP

    The static rules regulating access can be restrictive when it comes to data security of ERP systems since roles and privileges are user-centric, not data-centric. User-centric roles suggest an individual (or group/community in most cases) may view something under all circumstances, whereas data-centric means the nature of the data determines the access. This is getting companies in trouble from a DLP viewpoint, many a time because high-privileged users often have the privilege to see more data than they need (to do their job). This makes non-compliance with CCPA the regular norm. Over-exposure of data is organizations’ worst enemy, and it creates an immense liability to control access by static rules (also known as ‘all or nothing access rules’).

    Implementing data-centered policies (typically via attribute-based access controls) guarantees that a user can access only essential and job-relevant data. This is because access is controlled by the data itself-not by a user function. Access to some high-risk transactions, for example, can be limited depending on the location of user-or access can be given, but with masked data fields. Attribute-based access controls will swivel and adapt accordingly for any context variation. Companies can minimize the risk of data leakage by reducing the threat area and minimizing damages caused due to compromised access.

    3: Real-Time Analytics and Data Visualization (SEIM): Expediting Incident Response Time 

    Integrated and real-time analytics, presented on dashboards, have always been a “nice-to-have” capability for security teams; however, with CCPA breach detection and reporting deadlines in mind, data visualization has become a must-have technology. These specialized dashboards provide security professionals with snapshots of data use in real-time. The drill-down capabilities allow improved data discovery and exploration to speed up the identification of and response to breaches, allowing organizations to remain in compliance with CCPA and other current and upcoming regulations.

    CCPA Compliance: A Must for Every Organization

    If you have not wrapped up your efforts to comply with CCPA by now, there is no better time to start (or proceed down that road) than the present one. You must put your compliance efforts on the fast track by improving visibility and implementing a data-centric ERP compliance system.

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