By Vitus Stenhøj Schiøtz, Marketing Assistant

What is ERP Security?

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Security is an initiative against infiltration with malicious intent inside your ERP systems. The purpose of an ERP System is to gather administrative assets within one application.This allows organizations to centralize and better manage their main business processes.

But having all your eggs in one basket in terms of critical data and essential business information can cause a threat to the organization. If the system is compromised by a hacker, they will then have access to the organization’s most valuable assets across various departments. This amount of exposed critical and sensitive data entails that ERP Security is an essential countermeasure to ensure safety in your organization.

ERP Security has various aspects, such as infrastructure security, network security, operating system security, and database security. A secure set up of ERP systems is essential. It covers the secure configuration of servers, enablement of security logging, security in system communication, and data security. Users and authorizations are no less critical. Overall, it is essential to guarantee system compliance with continuous monitoring, audits, and the establishment of emergency concepts.

Why are hackers targeting your ERP Security?

Essential and critical ERP security is often a blindspot. While companies spend time and resources on costly ERP systems and management, they often overlook or fail to invest in adequate cybersecurity.

An attack on ERP systems can have a devastating impact on the business’s operations, resulting in financial and reputational losses. Organizations must protect these systems against internal and external cyber threats to maintain confidentiality, availability, and integrity. Despite this, many organizations keep them out of scope for security teams or rely on the ERP vendor tools alone. ERP security is challenging to monitor and maintain. This means that many ERP systems are unpatched for years, and the necessary security knowledge is often lacking.

ERP security can be unique and complicated because of the difficulty in maintaining it. It requires discipline to protect and monitor ERP security effectively. First of all, ERP systems are substantial and complex applications. For users to perform actions in the application, there are hundreds of authorization objects in the systems. Authorizations, system settings, and customization parameters allow for a very flexible but complex system configuration.

ERP systems are interconnected so that a single breach can compromise an entire business operation. Having a large attack area combined with lacking general ERP security and knowledge increases the risk of attacks and makes ERP systems, such as SAP, a prime target for adversaries.

On top of that, there’s a shortage of ERP Security staff knowledgeable enough to run and practice safety within the organization’s systems. So, while the vendor provides an ERP security solution, it often does not integrate with its central cybersecurity monitoring due to a lack of resources. This creates a blind spot for the security team and increases the cyber threat from internal and external actors.

LogPoint for SAP infographic - ERP Security

ERP Security best practices to secure your ERP software

To keep your ERP protected and secure, it’s critical to establish appropriate controls by implementing ERP security solutions and integrating them with the rest of the security operations.

To keep yourself one step in front of potential threats, it’s essential to be well informed and stay current on community issues. Cybersecurity threats evolve and develop fast. Therefore, your organization could involve everyone from the executives to the daily users in ERP Security – depending on the severity of the threats.

Safe and adequate password hygiene

Practicing safe and adequate password hygiene and employees’ training is essential considering the internal security risk posed by insufficient security knowledge within an organization. Breaches can often be traced back to an internal compromise such as phishing attacks. The organization could have prevented a superuser’s compromise by educating employees, having two-step verification, or more frequent software and security updates.

Keep everyone in the loop

It’s essential to keep everyone in the loop to run an appropriately informed and well-updated organization. Being strict and precise is precisely what can keep intruders out of sensitive data.

Stay secure from external risks

Beyond internal risks, it’s important to stay secure from external adversaries, and the best way to do so is by using an ERP Security solution that can:

  • detect exploitation and fraud
  • ensure data integrity,
  • identify unauthorized access
  • provide continuous and automated audits
  • detect data leaks
  • centralize security monitoring.

ERP security solutions can monitor system settings, patch/authorization management, or RFC communication.

Using an ERP Security solution will reduce an organization’s attack surface and harden company security worldwide. That is why integrating your ERP security monitoring to a centralized SIEM like LogPoint can significantly add value in the areas of cybersecurity, IT operations, and system compliance. Ideally, these platforms use UEBA (User Entity and Behavior Analytics) – to get behavioral insights in addition to rule-based monitoring.

Organizations must monitor ERP security continuously and automatically in SIEM solutions. Including ERP security in the organization’s central security operations, such as a Security Operations Center(SOC), to identify threats and respond immediately is necessary to ensure a sound security posture.

Benefits of combining your ERP solution with SIEM

Combining your ERP solution with SIEM gives near real-time monitoring of ERP events and information. So organizations know what’s happening with their ERP data. On top of that, ERP operation teams will save time and money with ready-to-use controls, reports, and more to automate ERP compliance and maintenance monitoring. By integrating an ERP system like SAP into SIEM, you will increase cybersecurity, centralize monitoring, and have automated audits so that organizations can track entire IT environments from Cloud applications to IT infrastructure.

LogPoint for SAP infographic - ERP Security

If you’re wondering how the systems integrate, the short answer is very well. Our customizable SAP security monitoring tools support special requirements and security policies.

Out-of-the-box, LogPoint has built more than 200 use cases and scenarios recommended for a fundamental SAP security baseline. These scenarios encompass all three of the core domains of an SAP implementation: application, users, and data.

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