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Featured in SAPinsider: How to Build Security using SAP Solution Manager

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Data breaches occur all too often and organizations are frequently left blindsided. As a result, cybersecurity has become a board-level issue across all industries. According to a recent survey of global business leaders, cyber risk is regarded as one of the most significant threats faced by corporations today, and is consistently rated higher than legislation, …
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How to Secure SAP Systems from Password Attacks

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Exploiting weak password hashes is one of the most common and successful attack scenarios used against SAP systems. The availability of open-source programs such as Hashcat and John the Ripper enables even novice hackers to perform attacks against SAP passwords. In fact, Hashcat is capable of breaking any SAP password encoded using the BCODE hash …
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FBI Director James Comey Speaks out on the Threat of Cybercrime

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During a candid discussion with host Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes at FBI headquarters in Washington DC, James Comey speaks out about the threat of cybercrime confronted by American citizens and corporations. Comey declares that cybercrime perpetrated by nation states, criminal syndicates and terrorist organizations has reached epidemic proportions and is directly costing the US …
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Three More Reasons for using Solution Manager to Secure SAP Systems from Cyber Attack

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Our recent article outlining the advantages of using SAP-delivered components versus third party software resonated strongly with customers seeking an effective and cost-efficient solution to address cyber threats impacting their SAP systems. The article examined the five key benefits of a Solution Manager-based strategy that included lower costs through the avoidance of licensing and maintenance …
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Cybersecurity Insurance: Is it Worth the Cost?

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According to the most recent annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study by the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of detecting and recovering from cyber crime for organizations in the United States is $5.4 million. Median costs have risen by almost 50 percent since the inaugural study in 2010. The finding masks the enormous variation of …
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M-Trends, Verizon DBIR & Symantec ISTR: Detecting and responding to cyber attacks has never been more important

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The release of three of the most important annual threat intelligence reports earlier this month confirmed that 2013 was an explosive year for cybersecurity. All three reports point to rising incidences of cyber attack, increasing sophistication of attack vectors and a growing diversity of threat actors and targets. The first of the reports is entitled …
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Trustwave Survey Reveals that IT Professionals are Feeling the Pressure of Board Level Scrutiny over Cyber Security

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The rise in the rate and sophistication of cyber attacks has predictably fuelled the pressure on security resources. However, the precise complexion and source of the pressure was largely unknown until the recent release of the Trustwave Security Pressures study. The study examines the threats most concerning to security professionals and the preferred responses. The …
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A First Look at the U.S Data Security and Breach Notification Act

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On January 30, members of the U.S Senate and House of Representatives introduced a new bill intended to enforce federal standards for securing personal information and notifying consumers in the event of a data breach. Sponsored by leaders of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Security and Breach Notification Act of 2014 would …
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Measuring the Risks of Cyber Attack

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Most studies that examine the impact of cyber attack tend to focus on a combination of direct and indirect costs. Directs costs include forensic investigations, financial penalties, legal fees, hardware and software upgrades, etc. The approach is typified by the annual Cost of Data Breach Study performed by the Ponemon Institute, now in its eighth …
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Monitoring Access to Sensitive Data using SAP RAL

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The disclosure of up to 200,000 classified documents belonging to the NSA by Edward Snowden in 2013, together with the release of over 750,000 U.S Army cables, reports and other sensitive information by Bradley Manning in 2010, has drawn attention to the need to control and monitor access to confidential data in corporate systems. For …
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New malware variant suggests cybercriminals are targeting SAP systems

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Security researchers at last week’s RSA Europe Conference in Amsterdam revealed the discovery of a new variant of a widespread Trojan program that has been modified to search for SAP systems. This form of reconnaissance is regarded by security experts as the preliminary phase of a planned attack against SAP systems orchestrated by cybercriminals. The …
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SAP HANA: The Challenges of In-Memory Computing

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This article is an extract from the forthcoming white paper entitled Security in SAP HANA by Layer Seven Security. The paper is scheduled for release in November 2013. Please follow this link to download the publication. According to research performed by the International Data Corporation (IDC), the volume of digital information in the world is …
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Layered Defenses in Oracle 12c: The New Benchmark for Database Security

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Oracle databases support more than two thirds of SAP deployments in mid to large size enterprises. Oracle’s domination of the SAP database market is due to a widely regarded performance edge in areas such as compression, availability and scalability. Oracle databases are also optimized for SAP technology as a result of a long-standing partnership between …
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Organisations are not effectively addressing IT security and compliance risks according to accounting professionals

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The results of the 2013 Top Technology Initiatives Survey revealed that securing IT environments against cyber attack and managing IT risks and compliance are rated as two of the three greatest challenges in technology by accounting professionals in North America. The survey was performed jointly by the AICPA and CPA, the largest accounting organisations in …
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Introducing the ABAP Test Cockpit: A New Level of ABAP Quality Assurance

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The ABAP Test Cockpit (ATC) is SAP’s new framework for Quality Assurance. It performs static and unit tests for custom ABAP programs and introduces Quality-Gates (Q-Gates) for transport requests. ATC was unveiled at last year’s SAP TechEd. The entire session including a live demo can be viewed below. Following a successful pilot, it was released …
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A Dangerous Flaw in the SAP User Information System (SUIM)

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Customers that have yet to implement Security Note 1844202 released by SAP on June 10 should do so immediately. The Note deals with a vulnerability that could be exploited to bypass monitoring controls designed to detect users with privileged access, including the SAP_ALL profile. This profile can be used to provide users with almost all …
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Exploring the SAP DIAG Protocol

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One of the most memorable events at last year’s BruCON in Belgium was Martin Gallo’s expose of the SAP DIAG protocol. The session can be viewed in its entirety below. DIAG (Dynamic Information and Action Gateway) is a proprietary protocol supporting client-server communication and links the presentation (SAP GUI) and application (NetWeaver) layer in SAP …
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Securing Your SAP Systems: How to Counter Every Current and Emerging Threat

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One of the highlights of the Sapphire conference earlier this month was the insightful session on SAP security delivered by Gordon Muehl, Senior Vice President of Product Security at SAP. A recording of the session can be viewed below. The session highlighted the threat presented to Internet-enabled SAP systems by external agents and stressed the …
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Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) 2013: ‘This isn’t a threat you can afford to ignore’

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The breadth and depth of the 2013 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) is unprecedented. Released this Monday, the reports brings together the investigations performed by nineteen law enforcement agencies, research institutions and private security firms that combat data breaches including the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), U.S Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security. …
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Countering the Threat of Corporate Espionage

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According to the results of a survey released by HBGary during the recent 2013 RSA Conference in San Francisco, more than 70 percent of American investors are interested in reviewing the cybersecurity practices of public companies and nearly 80 percent would not invest in companies with a history of cyberattacks. The survey of 405 U.S. …
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