17 de January de 2023

2023, the year of Cybersecurity in SAP environments

If your company uses SAP systems, this must be the year of the definitive leap into cybersecurity.

Why? Because online crimes have not stopped growing since the beginning of the pandemic. The rapid digitalization process in recent years has paved the way for this type of criminal practice. More and more companies, large and small, are seeing their business interrupted or their data breached by cybercrime.

In fact, according to the Spanish Computer Crime Observatory, 305,477 cybercrimes were recorded in 2021 (the latest year for which official data is available), 17,514 more than in 2020 and 87,175 more than in 2019, according to the Ministry of the Interior. This figure represents 15.6% of the total number of criminal offenses committed that year. Computer fraud together with threats and coercion were the most numerous offenses.

SAP systems: monitor your security 24 hours a day

Until now, there have been many companies that have shirked their responsibilities and even their obligations in terms of cybersecurity. However, the level of awareness in our country is increasing. It does so if only because of the fear of a computer attack that could wipe out the company’s operating systems or expose the confidential data of thousands of customers.

Reviewing the SAP systems in place for potential vulnerabilities and designing ongoing security protocols and tools is the first step to avoid major scares.

In addition to the implementation of security systems, monitoring and support services by specialized companies are essential. As well as specific cybersecurity services for industrial environments if your company has embraced a 4.0 environment.

There are steps you can take to increase the security of your SAP environment and protect sensitive data and applications from attacks and unauthorized access. These include designing an appropriate ITS architecture, adopting basic security measures in network infrastructure and web applications, increasing access controls, implementing various authentication systems and cryptographic libraries, or employing AI.

To all these measures we should add the training of workers in cybersecurity. Contrary to popular belief, this is a vital factor in terms of corporate security. The fact is that employees’ end devices are often a “sieve” for cyber threats such as phishing . Attacking this problem is simple, all it takes is the right training and properly updated technological equipment.

Comprehensive and cross-cutting solutions for SAP systems

Enterprise cybersecurity solutions are not unique. There is a whole series of actions at different levels that together achieve a high level of protection for the entire business environment.

We refer to layers of security that act on IT and management applications, cloud systems, networks, employee devices, whether desktops or cell phones, critical infrastructure, confidential information and data, etc.

To implement all of them optimally in a company, it is necessary to invest not only in the right tools, but also in personnel experienced in IT security. If your organization does not have the capacity to hire the necessary human resources, turn to the service provided by companies specialized in cybersecurity.

Security Audit Service in SAP systems

At i3s we have a Cybersecurity Service specialized in protecting SAP management systems. We have more than 20 years of experience in the implementation of SAP projects, and we are aware of those aspects that are more critical and require special attention to avoid cyber-attacks.

We provide this service in collaboration with Secure IT, a company also part of the LKS Next Group, which is a market leader in cybersecurity and regulatory compliance in the field of ICT.

SAP is one of the most powerful ERP systems on the market, which is why it processes a greater amount of information. Consequently, it is vital to ensure their proper functioning and reduce the inherent risks.

The objective of the SAP Security audit is to detect opportunities for improvement, determine an action plan to reduce or mitigate deficiencies and ensure security levels that allow the normal operation of the company’s activity.


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