Five Steps to Integrate SAP into Your Enterprise Defense Framework

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Existing Classification Framework

Incorporate SAP Data into an Existing Classification Framework

In the modern day enterprise, information is one of its most powerful assets. In order to preserve its value, organizations have to first identify what data is business-critical, sensitive, meant for internal eyes only, or accessible to the public. Having the same security controls over a document containing Social Security numbers of employees in North America and a customer-facing product presentation is extremely inefficient.

Organizations have to identify levels of sensitivity and establish different access policies and other security measures for each layer. Many companies have already implemented data classification tools that assist them in this process.  However, SAP data often gets left out of this process. This is especially true for any data that organizations routinely lose track of and that gets extracted from SAP.

By identifying and classifying data at the moment of its creation, enterprises can enable efficient management of sensitive data. Integrating SAP data in the overall classification framework is necessary for ensuring consistent data handling across the entire organization.

In an age where digitizing information is the norm, organizations large and small rely on a myriad of applications, systems, and tools to create, collaborate, analyze, and report large volumes of data critical to the success of their businesses.  One such tool, SAP, is used by a remarkable 282,000 customers around the world to run their businesses.

In addition to being an enterprise resource planning (ERP) tool, SAP is also a primary storage vault for a vast amount of sensitive and business-critical data. The data stored in SAP ranges from personally identifiable information (PII) such as Social Security numbers and financial metrics (such as unreleased quarterly results) to bill of material (BOM) information – often related to products that are subject to export control regulations (EAR and ITAR) and trade secrets.

SAP represents a mission-critical piece of IT infrastructure companies spend a lot of time and effort protecting, but many often fail to integrate SAP and its sensitive data into their overall data protection strategy. A comprehensive enterprise defense model is a key requirement in today’s age of digitized data, and ERP software should be an incremental part of that ecosystem. In this slideshow, SECUDE highlights five steps organizations should take to ensure SAP is integrated in their security framework.


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