A crucial component of the SAP framework, SAP security determines, within the SAP landscape, what data and processes can be accessed by users. It 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 device and its information (and, ultimately, your business) secure from a wide range of security threats while doing as little as possible to disrupt business operations. Users are normally only given adequate access to do their job.
The task of SAP security services is to ensure that each user only has access to the minimum necessary resources 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).
SAP Security: A Brief Overview
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 information 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 protection 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 analyses user capabilities in the system and sets policies that meet compliance requirements, SAP security routinely implements those policies by providing new users and detecting system gaps that do not comply with GRC. Similarly, while SAP security concentrates mainly on insider threats, cybersecurity is the focus of 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.
SAP Security vs. GRC
Governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) is not the same as SAP security. GRC audits user access to ascertain user privilege or behavior problems, then compiles a compliant provisioning program to implement it using SAP security tools.
SAP Security And 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, managers 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 own clients, to address customer credit limits. It allows advisors to do their work while minimizing the challenges to security they face.