Building a Multi-Layered Cybersecurity Strategy for SAP

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⇨ Companies are adopting a comprehensive, multi-layered cybersecurity approach.

⇨ This strategy combines two key pillars - preventative and detective controls.

⇨ One notable solution is Pathlock’s Cybersecurity Application Controls (CAC) product.

In the rapidly evolving landscape of digital transformation, businesses are continually seeking multi-layered solutions to streamline operations and enhance productivity. The integration of SAP systems has emerged as a cornerstone in this journey, facilitating operational efficiency and innovation.

Not only does demonstrating robust cybersecurity practices ensure compliance with a growing list of government and industry regulations, but it also builds trust among increasingly discerning customers, partners and stakeholders. To guarantee the integrity, confidentiality and availability of SAP applications and the valuable data they house, companies are adopting a comprehensive, multi-layered cybersecurity approach. This strategy combines two key pillars – preventative and detective controls.

Preventative controls play a pivotal role in ensuring the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of critical systems and sensitive data within the SAP environment. Measures such as Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC), Attribute-Based Access Controls (ABAC), Dynamic Data Masking, Data Scrambling and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) are essential components of this approach.

By implementing these controls, organizations can minimize the risk of unauthorized access, protect sensitive data and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements. On the other hand, detective controls actively monitor and secure the SAP environment, identifying vulnerabilities, securing custom-developed applications, regulating transports, detecting threats and analyzing session logs. Vulnerability Management, Code Scanning, Transport Control, Threat Detection & Response and Session Logging are critical elements of detective controls.

These controls enable organizations to stay ahead of evolving threats, address security vulnerabilities, and respond promptly to suspicious activities, thereby bolstering SAP cybersecurity. One notable solution that is helping to implement these strategies is Pathlock’s Cybersecurity Application Controls (CAC) product.

Unlike many SAP security vendors that specialize in only one area, Pathlock offers a holistic approach to cybersecurity, securing both the application and data layers. By leveraging preventative and detective controls through five integrated cybersecurity modules Pathlock empowers organizations to fortify their business-critical systems and safeguard sensitive data.

Utilizing solutions like this for SAP systems requires a collaborative effort across the entire organization, from IT departments and security teams to end-users and executives. By prioritizing cybersecurity and investing in robust preventative and detective controls, businesses can mitigate risks, protect sensitive data and uphold the resilience of their SAP infrastructure in the face of evolving cyber threats.

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