You don’t become one of the biggest software companies on the planet without having a few flaws, so I doubt you’ll hear anyone claim SAP to be perfect. Just like every other tool in the world, it’s the way you use it that makes the biggest difference to your organization.
Sadly, too many companies rely on the enterprise applications like a crutch. They close their eyes and ignore problems instead of dealing with them head-on. We’re going to look at a few simple issues companies would be able to resolve if they approached things differently in the first place.
When SAP Applications Are Breached
SAP has talked at length about security breaches in the past. If hackers can break into government websites you can guarantee they’ll be able to attack companies. Although it’s an extreme example hopefully it’s set the tone.
In a fairly recent survey carried out only a quarter of companies felt like they’d be able to notice SAP security breaches easily. Nearly double that amount said it’s possible they wouldn’t notice anything was wrong for over a month.
Software isn’t a magical thing with no faults whatsoever. Unfortunately, companies assume it’s impenetrable because they leave safety to anyone else except them. They don’t assume responsibility for their own business.
Research has proven there are very little organizations with a team or individual responsible solely for SAP security. If there was, it’s guaranteed any application breaches would be dealt with swiftly and nobody would even know what happened.
SAP Applications Are Always Buggy
Every application in the world is buggy and it’s just the way it works. Even the mighty Google has to deal with dns_probe_finished_nxdomain issues with Chrome alongside many others on a daily basis.
It’s not like SAP are completely oblivious to the problems. When they feel applications are buggy they’ll release patches. In fact, they’ve released hundreds and hundreds of high priority ones in the last few years.
The big drawback is companies refusing to apply those essential patches quickly enough. Although they have legitimate reasons to be cautious when running a business, being afraid of a little disruption could cause them more harm in the long term.
Some companies don’t even apply them at all. They’re happy to live in blissful ignorance, which seems strange for businesses dedicated to using enterprise applications. They’re happy to stick with functional upgrades maybe once or twice per year.
Attacks Will Increase Dramatically
Think about all the new advancements in technology we’re seeing. Almost everyone owns a smartphone these days. The Internet of Things is only going to get bigger and bigger. As technology improves people will want to find ways to exploit it for their ill-gotten gains.
Stick to the Basics at the Very Least
You don’t have to focus on everything related to software security, but please do stick to the basics at the very least. Everything we’ve covered today shouldn’t be a problem in the first place. If companies do their part giants like SAP will gladly do theirs and everyone will be a winner.