Yearly Archives: 2015

As we near the end of the year, we would like to express our gratitude to the customers, partners and supporters that have contributed to another record year at Layer Seven Security. We look forward to relentlessly serving your cybersecurity needs in 2016 by securing your SAP assets and enabling you to maximize the value of your SAP licensing. Look out for our new white paper to discover how to integrate and monitor SAP log data with SIEM solutions and SAP ETD for real-time threat detection. ...
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It’s well known that licenses for SAP Solution Manager are included in SAP maintenance and support agreements. However, with the release of version 7.2 next year, SAP will take this a step further by providing free licenses for SAP HANA for use with SolMan 7.2. Customer’s will still have to pay for hardware costs but HW costs have been falling and there is the option for cloud services to avoid hardware costs altogether. Other improvements in SolMan 7.2 include a streamlined architecture ...
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One of the most telling statistics revealed at BlackHat USA earlier this year was the fact that 84 percent of InfoSec professionals regard unmanaged privileged credentials as the biggest cyber security vulnerability within their organizations. For SAP environments, the dangers posed by abusing user accounts with privileged access are well-known and can include shutting down SAP servers to interrupt the availability of services, reading or modifying sensitive information, and performing unauthor ...
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SAP Solution Manager (SolMan) includes a complete dashboard framework for visualizing data metrics and KPIs across a wide variety of areas. This includes areas such as availability, performance, service delivery, and crucially, system security. What’s more, the process for enabling and customizing dashboards is relatively quick and simple. This short guide walks through the steps to leverage the SAP-delivered dashboard apps in SolMan for security monitoring. The first step is creating a lin ...
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Earlier this month, the New York Stock Exchange released a definitive guide to cybersecurity targeted at directors and officers of public companies. Developed with Palo Alto Networks, the guide includes contributions from over thirty-five industry experts and contends with a wide range of questions including legal and regulatory issues, cyber insurance, supplier risks, and incident detection and response. It also discusses investor perspectives towards cybersecurity and cites a recent survey of ...
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How to Implement Advanced Security Monitoring Without Third-Party Software The fear and anxiety driven by the wave of cyber attacks in recent years has led many companies to bolster their security programs. It’s also led to a stream of software solutions from third-party developers offering to solve customers’ cyber security challenges. You may have heard the sales spin, watched the demos, and even considered the proposals. But before you launch the purchase order, ask yourself: Is t ...
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The need to monitor access to classified data in SAP systems has never been greater. End users are increasingly working with SAP data from outside the borders of corporate networks. Corporate information is also increasingly under threat from cyber criminals, hacktivists, cyber spies and terrorists that seek to exploit classified information for financial gain or to further ideological or national interests. Read Access Logging (RAL) empowers organizations to combat these threats by providing t ...
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Can you trust SAP with your system security? The question is worth pondering, not least since it is one of the key arguments used by third party software vendors to support the use of their security tools over SAP-delivered solutions. Although the argument is usually made in the context of vulnerability management for cybersecurity, the logical extension of this point of view is that SAP shouldn't be trusted for any security domain, including access control, identity management, program developm ...
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According to a recent study performed by the Center of Strategic and International Studies, the annual cost of cybercrime is more than $400 billion. This is equal to almost 1 percent of global income and higher than the national income of most countries. The report states that "The most important loss from cybercrime is in the theft of IP (intellectual property) and business confidential information, as this has the most significant economic implications". In fact, some estimates place the cost ...
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The fallout from the record-breaking breach disclosed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) earlier this month reached a low point at a Capitol Hill hearing on June 16. During the hearing, members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform scolded OPM officials and IT executives for their "complete and utter failure" to protect sensitive personal information stored in compromised systems. The breach is estimated to impact at least 3.2M federal employees and contractors. How ...
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