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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.