General Data Protection Regulation – is your protection in place?

iStock-534223551The EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) takes effect on May 25, 2018, and hardly a day goes by without some news about it – and that’s the way it should be! As demonstrated by a DSAG member survey of SAP users just a few weeks ago, only just over half of all the companies (53%) have a roadmap. To say nothing of full implementation of the new requirements.

Michael Muellner, Head of Security & Compliance at AKQUINET, discusses helps to make this topic accessible to you by building a bridge from the statutory requirements to steps in operations and concrete tips.

 

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WITH HEADER LINE – it’s not simply obsolete; it’s a risk.

shutterstock_424352977_akqw_jpgThe addition “WITH HEADER LINE” has technically been unnecessary going back several SAP versions now. This is because the statement declares both internal tables and an additional data object – the header line.

There are a large number of notes that spread awareness that the use of this statement causes various content problems. Among other things, the use of the same name means that it is not immediately apparent as to whether you are working on a table or a header line.

However, what the notes typically do not warn you about is that this kind of programming goes hand in hand with security problems for your SAP systems.

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Is WannaCry possible for SAP systems?

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Last year, WannaCry brought some companies to the edge of absolute ruin. While the most common entry vectors are known, companies are still making it much too easy for hackers.

Officially, emails were to blame for the largest-scale cyberattack in recent years. If users clicked on the mail attachment, WannaCry implanted malware into the computers, propagated itself, and encrypted accessible data in the blink of an eye. In an alternative scenario, hackers had infiltrated the manufacturer of a subsystem and built the malware code into a software patch.
While unfamiliar emails can simply be deleted, the deployment of such a patch can undermine the in-house security system with breathtaking speed.

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Maximum access protection for your SAP tables and ABAP programs

AdobeStock_105300132w_jpgThe use of critical transactions is one of the most frequent items to be found on the lists of deficiencies prepared by auditors. And rightly so, since accessing SAP tables and ABAP programs with these kinds of transactions is unfortunately often associated with major security risks.

So how can you protect yourself from critical transaction accesses while ensuring your users have the permissions they need? Find out with our best practice tip.

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