Navigating an SAP Security Audit

An SAP security audit often is unwelcome news; however, in a three-part series, itelligence’s Tracy Levine outlines a few core aspects to not only navigate an SAP security audit, but also use this opportunity to enhance networks to ensure long-term stability and scalability. We will highlight some key points from this series to provide users with the tools for SAP security success and longevity.

Part One: Where are we now?

  • When examining the existing SAP security measures, it’s important to look first at how the organization arrived there. Focus on the evolution of the security network from the SAP’s pre-configured basic security features to the desired level of security controls for the end-user. Identify inefficiencies and risky shortcuts in addition to what worked and sustainable features.
  • With an understanding of the current status of network security capabilities, an organization then can outline steps to create a comprehensive, regulated and uniform security process with an implementation timeline that is both manageable for short term needs and scalable for future growth.
  • The primary challenge faced when gearing up for an SAP audit relates to the organizations’ ability to articulate the existing security processes in place. Delineating potential pain-points and weaknesses demonstrates an ownership of the SAP security network and points to adequate oversight of these issues moving forward, especially as the network grows.

Part Two: Putting a Plan in Place

  • Weaknesses have been identified, so now it’s time to create a plan moving forward that will satisfy the needs of the organization and the concerns of the auditors. A number of modifications will need to be implemented to streamline processes, and greater collaboration between business and IT will ensure cohesiveness in the updated SAP security ecosystem.
  • Efforts taken in the planning stage should ladder back to the overarching SAP goals of the organization to promote long term stability and ongoing security.

Part Three: Securing Security for the Future

  • With the security audit complete and a plan in place to manage ‘unavoidable risks’ through proper administration based on appropriate channels of business, the main item left on the checklist is to look ahead.
  • Ensure the SAP security plan is viable for long term growth, business dynamics, and evolution of the organization. Use a central repository for seamless management and make sure information is received in real time to safeguard a proactive approach to ongoing security risks.
  • Lastly, take ownership of SAP security. A risk management plan assuages concerns about ongoing security and positions an organization as prepared and proactive about potential challenges.

For more on Tracy’s SAP Security series, visit her blog at Post Grad SAP or follow her on Twitter at @PostGradSAP.


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