SAP is an acronym for Systems, Applications, and Products. SAP cloud platforms allow the user to create new applications or adding on to existing applications in a safe cloud environment. What’s known as ‘cloud’ is a place where data is stored on physical or virtual servers. Therefore, users create and extend applications in an area reached via the Internet.
Cloud platforms have become increasingly popular through the years. Vendors must work hard to keep their platforms not only secure, but capable of handling large workloads. Users need a variety of things from their SAP provider. Businesses expect to have as little disruption as possible when using SAP cloud platforms. This means the provider must keep up with new technologies like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, analytics, blockchain, and IoT. Even in the midst of these new technologies, security must remain an upmost importance.
SAP providers realize they are open to potential cyberattacks. Because of this fact, the provider must be able to minimize damage. To do this they focus on their design, their user assignments, networking and communication transfer, and data storage.
The design, or architecture, is a system of paths along which networking and communication functions are delivered. The design will also include a way for data to be stored securely. A well-designed system will be able to effectively handle complex user tasks.
Users must be authenticated. This is a way to protect the system from outside, unauthorized use. The security administrator will be able to create roles for those who are authorized use of the system. User roles could include production operator, administrator, SAP support, site administrator, or any other roles deemed necessary by the business using the SAP platform service.
Network security and communication must be protected from attack. Some ways to ensure this is to ensure the use of firewalls, TCP port protocol filters, the use of TLS to prevent date from being intercepted, and password storage in safe, secure locations.
Data should be processed, then transferred to it’s destination. The system stores the connected information and metadata for storage. Certain data is encrypted. The keys are stored in a secure location and is only accessible by the security administrator. Saving data in specific file formats can also help protect data. The use of certificate storage is another common security measure taken when storing data on SAP cloud platforms.
The future of cloud platform use will undoubtedly expand. As it stands today, users at SAP Cloud Platform have access to a large selection of modern and up-to-date choices. DevOps, an ABAP environment, SAP conversational AI, SAP data intelligence, and SAP Leonardo ML Foundation are some examples of the selection that can be found at SAP Cloud Platform. Infusing your application with intelligence is a popular action that is now rapidly expanding. These new discoveries will necessitate even tighter security measures.
Overall, businesses will need to be prepared for the technology of the future. Looking at security integration is a complex issue which requires much attention.