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This blog is part of a series to help you pass the SAP Certified Technology Associate – SAP HANA 2.0 certification exam, C_HANATEC_13.

For an overview of the exam, see

For the sample questions, see

Topic Areas

There are 10 topic areas and you can expect about 8 questions for each topic.

In this blog, I will discuss the Security topic.

On the SAP Training website for C_HANATEC_13, the exam objective for this topic is stated:

Understand the SAP HANA authentication concepts, 
and set up encryption and auditing for SAP HANA.

Study Material

The study material for this topic is the training

The Security chapter in the HA200 guide covers the security infrastructure, encryption, and auditing (about 50 pages). Authentication is covered in the Maintaining Users and Authorization chapter.

The training guide for HA240 covers all of these topics in some more detail plus the material for the Users and Authorization topic area (300 pages).

You can download the index of both guides from the SAP Training website (see links above) in case you want to note the objectives of each unit.


For this topic, you need to understand how different implementations architecture (data mart, native applications, 3-tier application server) impact the security requirements and the tools you can use to monitor and configure security for SAP HANA. See,

What’s New?

The focus will be on the new SAP HANA 2.0 features, so if you are new to this version you might be interested to view the What’s New videos first:

Note that C_HANATEC_13 covers SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 00 only. C_HANATEC_14 will cover SPS 02.

SAP HANA cockpit – Overview: Security


For this topic, you need to understand

  • the different authentication methods (Kerberos, SAML, certificates)

For the concepts, see

There are also a number of tutorial videos about these topics on the SAP HANA Academy

For the full playlist, see


SAP HANA Academy – Documentation: Security – User Authentication and SSO


For this topic, you need to understand how encryption works for both secure communication (network) and persistence. What communication is encrypted out-of-the-box and what do you need to set up yourself? What role do certificates play and how are they configured? How can you configure data volumes, logs, and backups, and what role do SSFS keys have?

To see how you can manage SAP HANA encryption keys, see


SAP HANA Academy – SAP HANA Express: Setup – Managing Encryption Keys

SAP HANA Academy – Database Management: What’s New? – Security [2.0 SPS 00]

SAP HANA Academy – Documentation: Security – Data-at-rest Encryption Services

SAP HANA Academy – Documentation: Security – Certificate Management

SAP HANA Academy – Documentation: Security – Secure Internal Communication

For the documentation, see

SAP HANA Security Guide – Internal Communication

SAP HANA Security Guide – Secured Internal Communication Channels

SAP HANA Security Guide – SSFS and Persistence Encryption

SAP HANA Administration Guide – Encryption Configuration


For this topic, you need to understand how auditing works for SAP HANA, the events that can be audited (including mandatory audit events and unauditable events), how to configure auditing in cockpit, the audit trail targets and how to manage them, how to manage audit policies, the levels, and how to monitor auditing.

SAP HANA Academy – Documentation: Security – Auditing SAP HANA

For more information, see


SAP HANA Academy Playlists

SAP Blogs

SAP Help Portal (Documentation)

SAP Notes

SAP Education

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