Earlier this week, the United States Treasury issued an Executive Order to prohibit U.S organizations from engaging with ERPScan, a subsidiary of Digital Security and a provider of security software and services for SAP systems. According to a press release issued by the Treasury, Digital Security “provided material and technological support to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB)” and contributed to efforts to “increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities for the Russian Intelligence Services”. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stated that the Executive Order is driven by the need to “counter the constantly evolving threats emanating from Russia”.
ERPScan has denied any link with the FSB in an official statement. Further, it stated that “it is unfortunate that American companies will not have a competitive market in the ERP Security field, turning our main US competitor into a monopolist without any incentive to innovate.”
There are several competitors in the ERP security market within the United States. Therefore, the withdrawal of ERPScan is unlikely to lead to a monopoly in the market. Furthermore, the solution providers in the market have demonstrated a universal commitment to innovation including advances such as Data Loss Prevention using SAP Solution Manager recently announced by Layer Seven Security. There is no reason to believe that the Executive Order will diminish the level of innovation in the market.
However, the Executive Order has highlighted the risk to SAP customers arising from the dependence on third party security tools for SAP security monitoring. Layer Seven Security is the only solution provider in the market that eliminates this risk by leveraging SAP Solution Manager to protect SAP systems from cyber threats. Solution Manager is supported and maintained directly by SAP. Contact Layer Seven Security to discuss these and other benefits of SAP cybersecurity monitoring with Solution Manager.