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Do you have a bad feeling that a hacker could target your company in the future? Are you interested in learning about new ways to prevent cyber attacks? Have you come to the conclusion that there is no better time than now to take action?

Let’s face it: preventing cyber attacks is easier said than done. Even if you have been successful in avoiding trouble in the past, there is no guarantee that this will remain the case in the future.

You need to stay one step ahead of hackers, as you never know what they’re going to do next. If you become stagnant, believing that the system you have in place is good enough, you could become a potential target in the future.

According to Stickman, there are many cybersecurity threats that small businesses need to prepare for in 2018. Stickman also makes it clear that the number of companies experiencing attacks is on the rise. Check out this excerpt:

The Ponemon Institute’s 2017 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium-Sized Businesses report also found that the number of organisations experiencing an attack or data breach is on the rise. The number of organisations who experienced a cyber attack grew from 55 percent in 2016 to 61 percent in 2017. In terms of data breaches, it went from 50 percent in 2016 to 54 percent in 2017.”

This alone should be enough to throw fear into your heart. If hackers have targeted so many other companies, there’s always a chance that yours could be next.

With all this in mind, you need to take action. You need to decide once and for all what you can do to improve your company’s overall level of security.

This brings us to the use of SAP tools.

While you may be familiar with using antivirus software, you may not know the first thing about SAP tools and what these can do for your company from a safety and security point of view.

Let’s examine three SAP tools that can help you prevent cyber attacks and better understand your business as a whole:

  1. SAP IT Operations Analytics

Here’s how SAP describes this tool:

“Built on the SAP HANA in-memory platform, our ITOA software breaks down information silos and gives you clear visibility into your network and devices. Collect, process, and analyze massive volumes of streaming data from any source – and resolve IT issues in real time.”

As you know, it’s imperative to keep a close eye on your network and devices at all times. Neglecting to do so increases the likelihood of a hacker gaining access without you finding out in a timely manner.

With the SAP IT Operations Analytics tool, you’ll always have an overview and clear visibility of what’s going on – and there is nothing more important than that.


Do you require a data warehousing solution geared toward “real-time transactional and analytical processing environments.”

If so, SAP BW/4HANA is the answer to all your questions. There’s a good chance that you can find many ways to use this from a security perspective, so you’ll want to take a closer look in the near future.

  1. Business Intelligence Reporting

Business intelligence and security go together hand in hand. This SAP tool is one of the most powerful, with the company sharing the following:

“Create a better enterprise reporting system to guide your overall business intelligence strategy.”

If your current business intelligence strategy is lacking, you need to make immediate changes. This could be holding you back in regards to your security strategy, which is a mistake that could cost you time and money in the future.


With so many SAP tools to consider, you need to learn more about the finer details of each one. By focusing on those that can help prevent cyber attacks, you’ll find yourself in better position to run your business with a clear mind.

What are your thoughts on the use of SAP tools to prevent cyber attacks? Are you already using these to your advantage? Do you use any in particular that have helped you reach your goals? Share your thoughts on this approach in the comment section below.

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  1. Juan Pablo Perez Etchegoyen

    Hi David. It’s good to see growing interest in Cyber Security for SAP Applications. I would complement your post with two references:

    1- You have mentioned the Ponemon Institute and it actually released a research study about SAP Cyber Security in late 2015, which shows some very interesting numbers

    2- The US-CERT issued an alert about attacks to SAP Applications last year, which further proves the need to implement Cyber Security controls in SAP Applications

    I would love to hear more about it.


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