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How to Secure the SAP Business Technology Platform

SAP business technology platform (BTP) has taken over numerous businesses worldwide. It is known for its fast connectivity, easy accessibility of data, and perfect predictive insights. It is based on platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and provided by SAP to help in creating applications in the secure cloud environment. The digital world requires companies to operate within the competitive digital world. Therefore, it is leverage to providing a cloud computing environment that a company can manage without a hitch.

The SAP Business Technology Platform helps integrate data and all business processes while using SAP HANA in-memory capabilities. The SAP HANA data management system has numerous advantages for businesses operating in the cloud. It can take large amounts of unlimited data. All cloud-native technologies also have the leverage to extend to on-premise software seamlessly.

Such a lucrative platform must have an appropriate security measure to keep data safe and ensure all the business processes flow according to order. The customer or user platform also needs to have security measures that ensure the customer data is safe at all times. SAP Businesses Technology Platform offers tools and security management to provide a secure and private cloud to all users. You will enjoy all personal information and all activities within the cloud under one management restricted for the linked devices only.

Handling On-Premise Security and Cloud Security

Business operation in using secure SAP systems requires top security measures. They depend on the cloud to keep their data insights for their future projects and analyze their daily activities. Security is a vital aspect of all processes that will take place within the business and requires all measures to be put in place. Unsecure SAP systems can lead to massive losses for any business. You risk losing your data that can be stolen o held for ransom by hackers and intruders.

The ability to have Cybersecurity solutions when operating on the cloud is essential whenever a company wants to move from on-premise to cloud systems. The cloud data storage world is very different from on-premise solutions, and slight mistakes can result in the company crashing down when data leaks out to the outside world. First, they lose reputation, and customers will no longer trust their services. Also, competitors will now have a chance to increase their processes unmatched by your company processes when a hacker holds data for ransom. The on-premise world has servers where data are physically stored on your business property. You have complete control of the data and the responsibility to take care of the security measures when you have on-premise data solutions.

On the other hand, the cloud world provides you a third party offers, in this case, SAP, which hosts your servers in a secure location. The data and responsibilities for all security measures fall on the shoulders of SAP. They ensure the platform is secure and, therefore, keep all your data safe. Furthermore, it would help if you got a trustworthy provider who will put proper security control into place, and the cloud provider will adhere to your needs as a company.

Data Centers and Physical Security

The SAP Business Technology Platform operates on SAP-owned data centers. It also uses infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud providers existing around the globe to ensure its operations are strict to regulations as required. Such relationships make SAP popular among companies worldwide and have led to its rapid growth as one of the best cloud providers. The company also leverages its existing infrastructure to the trusted partner instead of starting from scratch and forming another infrastructure to work for their businesses.

Data centers meet level three of the SAP data center in the level rating. Therefore, SAP data centers are used for high industry standards and perform in the highest standards required to manage all security and information systems. There are several security standards that data centers are subject to provide to a company. They include:

  • SAP is restricted to the company only. It does not transfer customer data to any third party or any devices out of the predefined range.
  • The colocation provider has no access to the SAP cloud servers and cannot perform any administrative duties.
  • The cloud providers focus on providing promises only.
  • All sap data centers are regulated with real-time video and security personal to offer optimal security.

The Security Architecture for Businesses

Organizations operating in the cloud are vulnerable to various threats that can lead to the closure of their businesses. The use of SAP applications doesn’t render them immune to such threats. The number of pieces that move during the transfer of data is easily affected during processes such as operations, infrastructure, and applications. SAP, therefore, has to maintain a rock-solid security strategy that is focused on the following basic cornerstones to keep their activities off from intruders:

  • Secure products: Security incorporated for all applications that will deliver ultimate protection to the business contact and all financial transactions
  • Secure operations: offers end-to-end secure cloud operations that help defend customer data and business operations in case of any security threat.
  • Secure company: ensure the staff are aware of security threats and organize end-to-end physical security of the SAPs assets with a comprehensive business continuity framework.

With these features, SAP can remain secure and ensure all business operations operate under a protected platform. Also, the platform architecture is effective for isolating consumer data, and the customer systems form all services that are applied in the process of utilizing it. This effectively ensures no underlying factors that may lead to uneven data distribution and lower security threats.

The application network is further managed through a process known as sandboxing. There are two ways of sandboxing:

Application sandboxing: it is the restriction and management of every application’s functionalities in the container where an application is running.

Network sandboxing: it is used to restrict and manage access to any other linked systems in the same network landscape.

Sandboxing is used in various ways since it prevents the applications or any other system from gaining unlimited access to other customer fata and system resources that possess security risks. The segregation is practical and essential for the SAP Business Technology Platform used to execute the custom code.

Security Services for SAP Business Technology Platform

The SAP Business Technology Platform has three services for its security procedures for all users of SAP. These services are geared to authenticate and provide users with privilege across all the SAP cloud applications and manage their activities from a governance perspective. Therefore, businesses leverage how to operate their system on the cloud and customize their security details as they want.

SAP Cloud Identity Authentication Service

The SAP Cloud identity authentication services allow users to offer their employees, partners, and customers a cloud-based aces to all their enterprise processes. Therefore, they have real-time access to the application and the data they need through a secure system. The authentication mechanism like the sign-on functionality, self-service options, and the on-premise integration are built-in features for all the SAP cloud applications.

Furthermore, it operates as open security and replaces the person’s username and password with tokens. All clients can securely access the company data and use the server resources on behalf of the resource owner. It is, therefore, a method that is used for the protection of application APIs and resources.

SAP Cloud Identity Provisioning Service

The SAP Cloud Identity Provisioning Service is an automating lifecycle process for businesses. Users can offer identities and their authorizations for multiple clouds and on-premise businesses applications. It will improve IT security and also the compliance costs that are needed to keep your business secure. All users gave accounts and permissions that are automated.

Further features of this service include the ability for users to provide appropriate user permissions for the SAP cloud application whenever there are any deployments in processes. The process is effective by defining the access policies before the deployment process, and it will ensure it provides a map to all user groups and offer them leading roles in the cloud.

SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance

The SAP Cloud Access Governance services provide various access to management capabilities that businesses require to operate seamlessly with customers and partners. It will provide self-service access requests for both on-premise and cloud applications. You can also access risk analysis, role designs, and all business requests quickly. All these services come with SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance that will work independently or directly combined with another.

Every business requires security services to ensure they operate their application both on-premise and on a cloud. SAP provides all these activities for their customers without a hitch. You can find the payments for the security options you require for your business by finding the security details from the SAP website.

Businesses are also allowed to create up to 10 VPN connections to and from the SAP Commerce Cloud Environments. All these selected private networks use the cloud portal and effectively offer maximum security to data and business processes. The VPN provides functionalities such as the ability to access all SAP commerce Cloud endpoint and provide communication capabilities to private hosted systems.

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  • I'm a beginner to intermediate level in many of these topics, but I am a bit confused in my current understanding.

    I understand the BTP Neo offerings to be SAP datacenters.

    But I understand the BTP CF offerings to be hyperscaler datacenters.

    Can you clarify the datacenter topic a bit further?

    Thanks, Wallace