SAP Risk Analysis


What Is Risk Analysis?

Risk analysis is the assessment of potential risks on the business or market and the likelihood of adverse effects from those events. In a supply chain context, for example, companies model various disruptions to determine their impact and apply risk mitigation strategies to avoid them.

According to Investopedia, risk analysis can be divided between two types: qualitative and quantitative.

Qualitative analysis: Qualitative analysis incorporates a definition of uncertainties, evaluation of the potential impacts, and risk mitigation measures. Examples include SWOT analysis and cause and effect diagrams.

Quantitative analysis: Quantitative analysis relies on statistical modeling and assigning numeric values to potential risks. Within a risk model, those values produce graphical outputs to help determine risk mitigation strategies.

Through both risk analysis approaches, companies can glean an holistic view of their risk profile.

What Is Risk Analysis?

Risk analysis is the assessment of potential risks on the business or market and the likelihood of adverse effects from those events. In a supply chain context, for example, companies model various disruptions to determine their impact and apply risk mitigation strategies to avoid them.

According to Investopedia, risk analysis can be divided between two types: qualitative and quantitative.

Qualitative analysis: Qualitative analysis incorporates a definition of uncertainties, evaluation of the potential impacts, and risk mitigation measures. Examples include SWOT analysis and cause and effect diagrams.

Quantitative analysis: Quantitative analysis relies on statistical modeling and assigning numeric values to potential risks. Within a risk model, those values produce graphical outputs to help determine risk mitigation strategies.

Through both risk analysis approaches, companies can glean an holistic view of their risk profile.

SAP and Risk Management

As more companies migrate to SAP S/4HANA, it’s critical that their risk strategies are integrated within the system. SAP provides risk management solutions that put governance, risk, and compliance at the forefront of business activities.

According to SAP, “stakeholders want to see evidence, on demand and in real time, that an organization which they are backing is managing their financial, social, and environmental activities efficiently, profitably, and responsibly … Any risk management measures must focus on the specific value drivers unique to the business, and these can be difficult for you to identify. Managers must look beyond financial line items to the activities and processes that are integral to the organization’s business model.”

Further Resources for SAPinsiders

Building More Effective Access Control Through Business-Centric GRC. In this article, learn how companies are utilizing access control solutions to identify risk within their user base. These solutions and processes are often technical and driven from audit and IT perspectives with very little input from business users who might find the technical GRC language hard to decipher. That’s where the idea of business-centric GRC comes into play for access control — providing the business with easier to understand, less technical language so that they can better interpret the data.

Application Security Imperiled by Attackers. Application security is being threatened by cyberattacks on the application layer, such as SAP S/4HANA systems, which target valuable resources organizations store there. In this article, learn about new security concepts necessary to protect the “crown jewels” stored in SAP systems. Companies need to deploy real-time detection and response to deal with the rise in attacks against the SAP application layer level.

Vendors that can help SAP customers with risk analysis include: Appsian Security, DXC Technology, EcoVadis, and Onapsis.

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  1. Modernizing SoD Risk Analysis

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    The introduction of SAP Fiori has been a game-changer for SAP applications. And with more organizations making the move to SAP S/4HANA, the SAP Fiori interface will continue to see increased adoption. However, understanding how to maintain access controls and segregation of duties (SoD) over SAP Fiori applications can be challenging. Read on to hear…