For security experts, SAP technology can exist on its own separate island — disconnected and out of sight from the security operations center. But your IT Security team can’t fix what they can’t see, and the experience they bring to your other networks and systems simply doesn’t apply to the unique security challenges of SAP.
As a result, the common practices, tools, assumptions, application security procedures, or even the technical language your IT Security team uses to communicate threats and risk to other departments don’t work within SAP systems. These blind spots, knowledge gaps, and silos only become apparent when your IT Security team tries to include the SAP landscape within your organization’s security strategy. Without the required knowledge of SAP security, it’s impossible to successfully implement security measures to protect your SAP environment based on your security strategy.
Most organizations do not have the internal competencies to secure this software. Those that do know that the SAP security skills alone won’t cut it. Protecting your landscape and managing security risk takes the silo-free collaboration of SAP Operations, IT Security, and Audit departments.
With so many challenges facing your IT Security team, where do you even begin? The best way to start is by helping your IT Security team see what they’ve been missing. By training them on the security traits of SAP systems specifically — providing deep knowledge on the unique security challenges and risks — you can give them the tools necessary to break out of their silos and work with your other departments as a unified cyber-defense.