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How RISE and SAP Impact Security and Compliance

SAP has been moving businesses into cloud-based computing and storage ever since the launch of S4/HANA. The future of global industries is inside the cloud, but how secure is a cloud installation? There have been numerous reports of leaks from AWS and Azure servers, with valuable information from business databases simply being dumped into the open internet for anyone to find. With the adoption of cloud services comes a whole other level of security. Naturally, with cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon AWS, the security of the cloud framework is guaranteed, but the security of your own business data and applications is the company’s responsibility. RISE seeks to offer SAP users a method of implementing security on the cloud that works alongside SAP’s functionality, increasing compliance across the company’s online operations.

Intelligent Transformation with RISE

When moving businesses into the cloud, this digital transformation understands that many of the company’s security systems will need to be revamped. Business process re-design with RISE will affect the company’s security compliance as a result. To ensure compliance is maintained, the business must revisit security protocols and compliance regularly. Part of this re-design must consider the guidelines in place to ensure the security of the entire framework. Elements such as automated distribution, multi-factor authentication of secure single-user sign-on, and strong intelligent asset management (IAM) will help ensure this compliance persists.

Technical System Transformation with RISE

Aside from the digital transformation of the business, the company’s technical change will also need to be considered when designing security systems. SAP S4/HANA already has much functionality for security systems, such as IAM and GUI-based authentication for SAP and Fiori-based apps. However, because of the extensions that the cloud framework offers, these existing methodologies would need to be shored up. RISE provides that boost and is available on the SAP Business Technology Platform as a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution. With this package, businesses get access to user authentication packages and authorization methods to further enhance the security and compliance of the system.

What Happens After Going Live?

After a proper implementation of the Secure Operations Map (SOM) designed to utilize RISE for SAP, maintenance is the key to continued security compliance. Elements such as custom code need to be thoroughly checked for security inconsistencies, and any found should be addressed before release. Security monitoring using SAP’s Early Watch Alert Management tools can inform a business of issues in its security before exploits start cropping up. SAP also offers the Enterprise Threat Detection Cloud designed to work with the SAP Cloud Application Services as a managed security add-on.

The Intelligent Enterprise Needs Security

Any business investing in upgrading its operations to cloud-based applications needs to be constantly aware of its security compliance. Whether you’re a small online vape shop selling the volcano hybrid direct to consumers or a sophisticated multi-national corporation, securing your business data is a crucial part of operations. RISE with SAP makes compliance a lot easier than it has been in the past. Simplification of complex security issues makes implementation more accessible to businesses. With the cloud being such a significant part of businesses these days, staying ahead of security concerns with cloud-based applications is a priority.


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