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Deploying Vital Cybersecurity Measures with the Shared Security Responsibility Model

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⇨ With the benefits that SAP systems bring through centralization comes security issue – companies need to ensure that they have measures prepared to protect their vulnerable data.

⇨ Although standard security by SAP is enough to address the foundational aspects of cloud deployment, it may not be sufficient to address the complexities of individual needs and circumstances for each company.

⇨ By deploying the shared security responsibility model provided by third-party companies like Fortinet, SAP users can scale their data protection measures and ensure a seamless cloud integration process for their SAP system.

SAP systems are aimed at better management of businesses’ complex processes and by centralizing data management across various business functions including finance, HR, customer service and more, companies can utilize technology to better navigate their time and speed-to-market rates. However, with centralization comes a security issue – the journey toward digital transformation, especially in the case of cloud migration, is a multiple-step process that requires a high level of caution due to the vulnerability of data that is being moved and transformed.

Failing to apply steps and measures that would ensure the security of applications can bring negative and even detrimental consequences, compromising sensitive data and the overall functions of the business. SAP reported that in recent years, enterprise cyberattacks skyrocketed in both volume and complexity, averaging a 300 percent increase in malware attacks in recent years with average cost of a data breach to an enterprise being 3.92 million dollars. Therefore, it is important to establish a system that is going to protect businesses’ SAP landscapes.

Although standard security by SAP is enough to address the foundational aspects of cloud deployment, it may not be sufficient to tackle the complexities of individual needs and circumstances for each company. To help build that fully sufficient security system, companies like Fortinet, a cybersecurity software provider, bring solutions that are compatible with the complex needs of SAP Cloud applications, including RISE with SAP.

Fortinet security solutions are designed to protect SAP landscapes and the data they contain, offering five steps in their process. These steps can be deployed individually or cumulatively to provide an end-to-end security fabric able to guard SAP deployments whether they are on-premise or in the cloud. The solutions include network security for enterprise landscapes, application security for SAP solutions, zero trust infrastructure for access control, operations centers for security management and visibility, and securing RISE with SAP.

The benefits that SAP users can witness by deploying the shared security responsibility model provided by a third party like Fortinet include an increase in security for SAP-specific applications, visibility and control over the system, security of custom web applications hosted in the RISE with SAP environment, the ability to identify and apply security and routing policies to ports used by SAP, protection of data across entire hybrid landscapes or infrastructure, and more.

To find out more on how the shared security responsibility model can assist organizations in securing their digital transformation and cloud migration journeys, SAP users can watch out for the Fortinet for SAP Summit in May 2024, as well as find them at the upcoming SAPinsider Vegas 2024 Conference.

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