SAP Access Control


What is SAP Access Control?

Improper access is a major security threat to SAP and other enterprise systems. The issue only gets worse as employees increasingly access their relevant applications remotely and on varying, often personal, devices. The goal of SAP Access Control is to ensure the right people are using the right software from the right device. It also helps track access information in case it needs to be reported later for compliance purposes or assessed for risk.

SAP Access Control’s key functions include:

  • Risk analysis
  • User provisioning
  • Monitoring privileges
  • Certifying authorizations
  • Integration with enterprise systems
  • Role definition and maintenance

Key SAP Access Control Considerations for SAPinsiders

What is SAP Access Control?

Improper access is a major security threat to SAP and other enterprise systems. The issue only gets worse as employees increasingly access their relevant applications remotely and on varying, often personal, devices. The goal of SAP Access Control is to ensure the right people are using the right software from the right device. It also helps track access information in case it needs to be reported later for compliance purposes or assessed for risk.

SAP Access Control’s key functions include:

  • Risk analysis
  • User provisioning
  • Monitoring privileges
  • Certifying authorizations
  • Integration with enterprise systems
  • Role definition and maintenance

Key SAP Access Control Considerations for SAPinsiders

  • Quantify how improving user access and identity management impacts the bottom line. Most governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) organizations surveyed for our recent User Access and Identity Management for SAP S/4HANA report are facing budget constraints. That can make it hard to invest in software like SAP Access Control, but you can build the business case by finding those areas where unauthorized access can be costly. Added costs can come from cyberattacks, fraud, compliance-related fines, and rework to address audit issues. The cybersecurity threats are real — over a quarter of respondents noted having an access-related security breach in our April 2021 Securing the SAP Landscape Against Cyber Threats report.
  • Audit your user access landscape. First, gain an understanding of which users are accessing which systems and why. Then, survey your users and identify which roles need which systems. These steps can help you be more efficient in integrating your access across your technology footprint.
  • Integrate user access and identity management across your technology stack as part of your migration. Respondents to our latest User Access and Identity Management survey who worked for leading organizations were much more likely to integrate user access and identity management as part of digital transformation and integrate identity management across their heterogeneous application landscapes. These actions can help you optimize investment in software like SAP Access Control and create a holistic user access and identity management strategy.
  • Centralize user access and identity processes to maximize your next technology investment. Centralizing user access and identity management can provide benefits that reduce risk, enable compliance, and make securing your systems easier. However, you must first unify the process by which you identify users and grant access to systems, no matter the business area or solution. That will make any technological investment more valuable when implemented.

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    Role Assignment Automation: Finding the Balance of Technology and Process

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    Role assignment is fundamental to access control. How can technology and automation help reduce risk and manual effort?
  2. GRC

    Building More Effective Access Control Through Business-Centric GRC

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    Companies can significantly reduce access risk and access overallocation through greater business involvement in access control. We spoke with Soterion Managing Director and Co-Founder Dudley Cartwright to discuss how organizations are creating business-centric GRC and access control. In this technology insight, we cover: - How business-centric access control engages business users in the access risk…
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    Centralizing User Access Management

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    A global tools and storage company that generates $14.5B in annual revenue and employs more than 10,000 workers worldwide had more than 100 enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems to handle. To get a grip on this sprawl, the company decided to optimize its IT environment with a plan that included a migration of its financial…
  4. Video: Sanofi Streamlines Thousands of New Business Roles in User Access Management Update

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    At the same time that Sanofi was working on COVID-19 vaccines, it was also migrating from SAP ERP Central Component System to SAP S/4HANA. This was an ambitious undertaking considering the unique economic environment, the firm’s multinational reach, and the heavily regulated nature of the pharmaceutical industry. As part of this effort, the company updated…
  5. Sanofi Leverages SAP Access Control to Help Secure SAP S/4HANA Migration During COVID-19 Vaccine Response

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    At the same time that Sanofi was working on COVID-19 vaccines, it was also working with Accenture and KPMG to migrate from SAP ERP Central Component System to SAP S/4HANA and consolidate and optimize its IT environment. This was an ambitious undertaking considering the unique economic environment, the firm’s multinational reach, and the heavily regulated…
  6. How you can Transform Access Governance and Control Testing with SAP Access Violation Management

    The direction is clear from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada: a proactive approach to managing risk is one of the best steps organizations can take to mitigate exposure to errors, irregularities, and fraud. But how can you be proactive if your controls over multiple applications are still mostly manual? Join this session…
  7. User Access and Identity Management for SAP S/4HANA Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: Access management often comes about through necessity rather than planning. Organizations today use a portfolio of systems that not all employees are authorized to use, so proper access management is critical. With cloud systems and remote work on the rise and increasing threats that seek to steal employee access, a more comprehensive…...…
  8. Saviynt Identity Management

    Build Effective Identity Management in Hybrid and Cloud Environments

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    As more employees work remotely, and organizations shift to hybrid and cloud software and technology environments, identity management has become a more important piece of the access and security landscape. Critical assets no longer sit behind traditional firewalls, with employees accessing important corporate data from outside a single place of work. Automation can help companies…
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    Cutting IT Support Costs Through Redesign

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    Imperial Brands, one of the largest tobacco products companies in the world, saw an opportunity to reduce fraud risk and third-party IT costs by closing a gap in its segregation of duties (SoD) compliance. The gap become apparent when its auditors reported discrepancies between the company’s SoD audits and the SoD results coming from external…
  10. The Usual Suspects: Catching the culprits of SAP access risk

    The world is changing, and SAP ecosystems are changing with it, as more organizations migrate to the SAP S/4HANA platform. Whether you are on the latest version of SAP S/4HANA or still thinking about making the move from ECC, monitoring and managing access risk can be challenging. How can you be sure you are fundamentally…