Securing SAP Systems, Your Company’s ‘Tree of Souls’

A few weeks ago, the hit 2009 science fiction movie “Avatar” was playing on TV and I found myself immersed in the story of the “Tree of Souls.” In the film, the tree acts as a centralized system that keeps the ecosystem in perfect equilibrium through a neuro network. The Na’vi people of Pandora could connect with the system to store the planet’s crown jewels at a central location. The threat — in this case, humans — attacked the tree to disrupt these operations and rule the land.

Now imagine the same concept in the context of securing your SAP systems. Your security analysts need tools to help them detect, protect and respond to threats targeting your organization’s figurative Tree of Souls — the SAP systems. IBM Security QRadar SIEM recognized this need and partnered with Onapsis to launch the Onapsis Security Platform (OSP) on the IBM Security App Exchange.

Guarding the Tree of Souls

The Tree of Souls connected with the Na’vi people through a neuro network, enabling them to communicate with each other and store lots of important information — the Na’vi equivalent of personally identifiable information (PII), if you will. Similarly, with SAP systems, information security is paramount. Safeguarding the mission-critical data from all types of attacks, whether it is stored on-premises or in the cloud, is the key to information security. Security analysts must be able to proactively detect, prevent and correct threats.

Just like Jake, the film’s protagonist who understood human behavior and defended Pandora against the attack, the Onapsis Security Platform can be the hero in the fight to protect your SAP systems. It is the first SAP cybersecurity solution that combines vulnerability, compliance, detection and response capabilities that traditional security solutions do not provide. The app on IBM Security App Exchange delivers a preventative, detective and corrective approach for securing SAP systems and applications in near-real time.

Securing SAP Systems

The OSP provides context-aware insight across SAP NetWeaver, ABAP, J2EE, HANA and mobile platforms. It also integrates with network security, security management, security information and event management (SIEM) solutions and leading cloud providers.

Nowadays, complying with regulations is one of the biggest challenges for security teams. The OSP app can present the compliance and vulnerabilities found in SAP systems, along with indicators of attacks against identified SAP systems. This creates a centralized repository of SAP information and generates dashboards, statistics and historical reports on the organization’s security and compliance posture with regard to its SAP assets. SAP incidents and alerts sent by OSP offer visibility on threats and attacks.

Additionally, the app generates graphical topology maps to illustrate the relationships between systems and applications, identifies vulnerabilities to asses risk and monitors threats against the SAP infrastructure. It also spots compliance gaps and enforces policies accordingly. Finally, the OSP protects against SAP vulnerabilities that have yet to be patched.

Connect to the Tree of Souls

Users of the Onapsis Security Platform can now send events to IBM QRadar SIEM for increased visibility into network security. Alarm activity designated by the user is transferred in real time to QRadar for comparison with information gathered from other sources within the network. This includes information flows or traffic and data related to ports and protocols, asset context, events from third-party devices, feeds and other sources.

You can download the OSP for SAP app from the IBM Security App Exchange and integrate it with QRadar SIEM to create new reports and visualizations. To learn more, listen to the latest webinar, “IBM Security App Exchange Spotlight: Enhance Visibility for Critical Systems.”

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Sandeep Mukherjee

Portfolio Marketing Manager for Security Intelligence, IBM

Sandeep Mukherjee is the worldwide Product Marketing Manager for Security Intelligence solutions. Before joining...