Cybersecurity for enterprises is even more important now than it was in the past. Several sources note that the average malicious user can spend up to 200 days embedded in a system before security systems even realize that they’re inside. There isn’t a question about if a malicious user will make it into your enterprise network, according to Bill Oliver, the founder of the Oliver Advisory group. The consideration today is how long hackers will take to gain access to your systems.
SAP Becoming a More Prominent Target
with more enterprise-level users adopting SAP to power their systems, the platform has become quite a popular target for malicious users. Oliver noted that the most high-profile of these include an attack on the Greek Ministry of Finance and no less than thirty-six (36) separate breaches to SAP-based systems outlined in a report produced by the US Department of Homeland Security.
SAP surprisingly foresaw the future intrusions into their system and provided a tool in the initial implementations of the system designed to help security teams spot and neutralize threats. The utility is included within every SAP install, even though many security teams don’t utilize it nearly enough. The Security Audit Log in SAP logs every single security issue or potential intrusion, allowing the cybersecurity team to peruse it at their leisure.
A Significant Aid in Curbing Intrusions
Oliver noted in his speech at the SAPinsider 2020 conference in Las Vegas that several high-profile companies running SAP were wholly unprotected from the potential exploits that could come their way. Security updates do come from the company and can be applied. Still, if a malicious user has already utilized the exploit, then they are already within the system and have access to the company records. Implementing the Security Audit Log gives companies, such as Skylark senior day care, a chance to secure their databases and software by providing a running commentary on intrusion attempts and unauthorized connections. Breaking down the log allows security teams to be more alert about potential intrusions from external sources and follow telltale signs of intrusion to uncover threats that may have already entered the system.
Notable Events Should be Considered
Oliver’s speech was critical in helping attendees of the conference realize the inherent power of the Security Audit Log. In his delivery, he outlined the most important events that cybersecurity teams should focus on, as well as advising them of warning signs of possible intrusion. By describing where those threats are likely to come from, Oliver helped cybersecurity teams to be better aware of how to deal with potential risks coming into the SAP system.
No Additional Software Needed
With cybersecurity, it can be dangerous to cut corners in cost. Being cheap with your cybersecurity solutions leads to issues later down the line. The exception to the rule is the SAP Security Audit Log. With proper delineation of what constitutes a threat and what events need to be explored further, the audit log takes cybersecurity from a reactive to a proactive approach. There’s no need to have contingency measures in place when an intrusion is detected. Now by careful monitoring of connections, cybersecurity teams can have the edge in figuring out whether their system is compromised or not.
Significant investments aren’t necessary to prepare a business to deal with potential cybersecurity breaches. Using technology that is built into SAP systems, a cybersecurity team can be aware of potential threats before they materialize. Hackers have been working on exploits for potentially all of their lives. Knowing about an imminent threat allows the company to distribute its resources better to deal with it. The adage, “prevention is better than cure” is the best descriptor for utilizing the SAP Security Audit Log. Forewarned is forearmed.