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Boost Your SAP Business Suite Performance

Boost Your SAP Business Suite Performance | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

"Boost Your SAP Business Suite Performance Performance is a critical success factor for all business application projects."

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Gartner Analyst Derek Prior recommends 3 Best Practices to Optimize SAP Business Suite Application Performance

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What infosec can learn from the Greek elections

What infosec can learn from the Greek elections | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it
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We can learn from every situation, even from the Greek elections.

Author Kai Roer describes with reference to the elections in Greece, a group dynamic that could be dangerous for ensuring security - or could be of use.

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If you got bugs, you’ll get pwned

If you got bugs, you’ll get pwned | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it
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Author Jim Bird shares a few good and easy-to-follow tips on how you can dramatically increase the security of software.

 

Next: The Business Impact of Custom Code Quality (Infographic) - on SlideShare http://slidesha.re/1yA71Ws

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Do we need regular IT security fire drills?

Do we need regular IT security fire drills? | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it
IT security ‘fire drills’, supported by executive management and the risk committee should be conducted regularly in organizations, in order...
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"For many years, organizations typically bought multiple security products from different vendors. While this helped create ‘defense in depth’, it also introduced complexity and potential risk. After all, 95% of successful attacks may be attributed to human error, rather than technology."

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Mandiant CEO Calls Sony Data Breach 'Unprecedented'

Mandiant CEO Calls Sony Data Breach 'Unprecedented' | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

Was the Sony hack really unprecedented or easily avoidable? Experts weigh in.

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"[Digital Guardian CEO Ken] Levine said the breach clearly indicates that Sony needs to change its perspective on security. 'Like so many organizations, they need to stop focusing exclusively on the network and start defense from the inside out,' he said."

 

Read on: http://bit.ly/1qS1Raz

 

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Don't be fooled by these 6 data breach myths

Don't be fooled by these 6 data breach myths | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it
Do you think hackers target only large retailers? Or that smart-chip cards will be our security salvation? Think again.
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"While a large organization may spend tens of millions of dollars to fix a specific vulnerability that allowed a breach, there is never only a single bug in a large complex system. Many other security holes inevitably remain after the most urgent repairs are made."

 

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Sony Pictures hack gets uglier; North Korea won’t deny responsibility

Sony Pictures hack gets uglier; North Korea won’t deny responsibility | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

"From a psychological perspective, this attack is invoking emotions that may apply to employees of Sony as well."

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The more details come to the public, the more likely it is that there were also insider involved in the data breach at Sony Pictures. One obvious reason: revenge for the mass layoffs earlier this year.

 

Read on: http://bit.ly/1rTiNOV

 

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The Cloud, The Elephant And The Blind Men

The Cloud, The Elephant And The Blind Men | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

Transition to cloud will change the corporate culture - for ever!

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... and Cloud won't be an uncertain journey, believes SAP columnist Paul Taylor. With this short parable of the elephant and the 6 blind men he gives us a good example how we can obtain a simpler view of Cloud complexity.

 

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Why Aren’t More Companies Purchasing Cyber Insurance?

Why Aren’t More Companies Purchasing Cyber Insurance? | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

Despite the fact that most states now require companies notify their customers in the event of a breach, there aren't so many businesses purchasing cyber insurance policies.

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"So, what is driving companies to not invest in cyber risk protection? Here are a few factors that may at least be partially responsible."


via TripWire: http://bit.ly/1zoHwsX


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For a Cloud-First Strategy, Start With a Cloud Security-First Plan

For a Cloud-First Strategy, Start With a Cloud Security-First Plan | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

"It’s clear that more security risks will be created in cloud deployments without revamped and relevant security technology, training and practices." - Dan Wolff

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Dan Wolff suggests enterprises should take a cloud security-first strategy approach and focus on 13 key areas.


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Encrypt, Mask, Purge: A 3-Step Approach To SAP Security

Encrypt, Mask, Purge: A 3-Step Approach To SAP Security | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it
Dolphin takes a three-step approach to SAP security: encrypt, mask, and purge. Not only does this approach help to improve SAP security, it also helps to remain compliant.
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New regulations at all levels require organizations to take measures to better protect privacy. In certain situations, such as during a merger, acquisition or spinoff Dolphin suggests a 3-step approach to address compliance requirements.

 

Full article: http://bit.ly/1upe98K

 

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Source Code: The Last Frontier of Security Threats

Source Code: The Last Frontier of Security Threats | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

John Linkous on why we need more source code analysis, not less.

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"When entire applications are largely cobbled together with libraries from a range of different authors and organizations—each with their own coding styles and assumptions—ensuring security consistency across the combined jigsaw code base is critical."

 

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US-Banks adopting a new tool called 'Soltra Edge' to fight hackers

US-Banks adopting a new tool called 'Soltra Edge' to fight hackers | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it
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16 US financial institutions will start a new Cyber cooperation program. The goal is to quickly analyze and share information about cyber attacks among the members in order to improve the response times for cyber-security incidents.

 

Read on: http://bit.ly/1utO3oa

 

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The SAP® Business Suite 4 SAP HANA® (SAP S4/HANA) FAQ

The SAP® Business Suite 4 SAP HANA® (SAP S4/HANA) FAQ | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it
The SAP® Business Suite 4 SAP HANA® (SAP S4/HANA) FAQ
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SAP today released its next generation ERP platform S4/HANA to the public. You may have wondering what’s the difference to the existing Business Suite powered by SAP HANA or how long SAP will still support customers who are reluctant to upgrade their existing systems.

 

John Appleby has put a good FAQ together answering the most urgent questions.

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Security on the Shelf Hardly Protects

Security on the Shelf Hardly Protects | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it
Enabling The Security Protections We Pay For
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A new report finds that many companies invest heavily in security software, but often to no avail:

 

„Examples of underutilized technologies include firewalls that are installed but not configured with the up-to-date settings, database monitoring tools and SIEM platforms logging alerts no one has time to look at, and data leak prevention software with no rules defining what data to block.“

 

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Is SAP HANA really multitenant?

Is SAP HANA really multitenant? | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

The latest release of SAP HANA has introduced multi-tenancy and thus potentially the ability to run multiple clients on the same HANA installation.

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This article by Tomas Krojzl describes the new feature and the SAP HANA approach to multi-tenancy from a security perspective.

 

At the end, Tomas Krojzl remains skeptical:

 

"Bottom line – I am seeing all options [described] only as obstacles which are making it more difficult for attacker to breach into database containers belonging to other tenants. And honestly at this point I do not know what is the best infrastructure architecture to securely deploy SAP HANA used by different customers."

 

Next: Is It Worth Migrating To SAP HANA? - Virtual Forge Blog http://bit.ly/WjrJi4

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5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015

5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015 | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

Adam Levin shares his 5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015.

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Privacy will play a greater role in the sales pitch, says Adam Levin. Adding that consumers will presumably be more cautious in 2015. But he also predicts:

 

"There will be more Sony-style attacks targeting a single company for a particular reason in 2015. Another trend will be boiler room-style operations aimed at collecting information to game the stock market,as we saw recently in the biotech industry."

 

This article is also covered in the SAP Security Magazine on Flipboard. Get it here: http://flip.it/7pFRJ

 

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Cyber Security: SAP Enterprise Threat Detection Helps Companies with Cyber Defense

Cyber Security: SAP Enterprise Threat Detection Helps Companies with Cyber Defense | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it
Advanced cyber-attacks remain unnoticed for a long time. Attackers have much time to steal critical data and inflict an enormous amount of financial damage to companies. With SAP Enterprise Threat Detection, SAP now offers its customers a solution to detect cyber-attacks faster and with more reliability.
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Read on: http://bit.ly/1zzE4Ok

 

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A look ahead Security experts share forecasts on 2015

A look ahead Security experts share forecasts on 2015 | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

"The biggest class of threats were complacency and distraction, as they have been for years, and will be for years to come. We all tend to ignore threats once we understand them, and get distracted by the latest security horror story" (JACK DANIEL, Tenable Network Security)

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What were the major security concerns this year? What security concerns can we expect in 2015. 2 questions, answered by 5 security experts.

 

Read on: http://bit.ly/1zIsfU9

 

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Challenges of SAP Mobility: How to protect your SAP systems properly - SAP Security, Compliance and Quality

Challenges of SAP Mobility: How to protect your SAP systems properly - SAP Security, Compliance and Quality | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

"Even though many SAP systems are still isolated from other IT systems – opening up the SAP systems for mobile devices automatically brings this isolation to an end. Making it even more important to secure the SAP systems adequately." (Patrick Boch, Virtual Forge)

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Patrick Boch gives some useful, easy-to-follow rules at hand to ensure a good SAP security in complex SAP system landscapes.

 

Read on: http://bit.ly/12rL7fV

 

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Security is a class of its own

Security is a class of its own | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

"Sorry SAP but you are not simple. You can strive for simple all you like. However, having worked on a few “complex” landscapes now my perception is every time SAP makes things simple they complicate it further for Technical areas, especially for security." (- Colleen Lee, SAP Security Consultant and SAP Mentor)

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A brilliant blog post by Colleen Lee on why she doesn't think security belongs to SAP Basis anymore and should be in a class of its own.

 

Read on: http://bit.ly/1ykXxSc

 

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Where Will the next Generation of Security Professionals Come From?

Where Will the next Generation of Security Professionals Come From? | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it
There are a lack of students joining the security profession and with an increase in vullnerabilities, threats and attacks, what will happen?
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Martin McKeay (@mckeay), Security Advocate at Akamai, predicts a shortage of 2 million IT Security Professionals within the next 2 years. But "we may be underestimating the number really needed by a factor of 50-100%". What can we do making it work?

 

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10 security mistakes that will get you fired

10 security mistakes that will get you fired | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

"But fall prey to one of the following mistakes, and you’ll be looking for new work" - Roger A. Grimes

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Roger A. Grimes shares his impressive list of colossal security mistakes which will get you fired from an IT security job. Including real-life examples and lessons learned of each mistake. Enjoy!

 

Full article: http://bit.ly/1AbJDE5

 

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Nico Sell of Wickr Says She Is "Properly Paranoid" (Full Video)

Nico Sell of Wickr Says She Is "Properly Paranoid" (Full Video) | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it

"Security needs to be built from the ground up." - Nico Sell

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A remarkable interview with Nico Sell, CEO of private messaging app Wickr, on privacy, application and health care security.

 

Article and video on Recode: http://on.recode.net/1q11UB0

 

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The Staggering Complexity of Application Security

The Staggering Complexity of Application Security | SAP Security and Quality | Scoop.it
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Remarkable article by Jeff Williams suggesting to overcome security exceptionalism and start securing applications through the entire software development process and in even production. Leveraging new tools to "gathering security information in real time as applications are built, integrated, tested, and deployed. Most importantly, these tools, like continuous integration and continuous delivery tools, don’t disrupt the normal software delivery process."


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