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Security for S/4 Hana migrations

One of the biggest tasks currently facing SAP managers is the upcoming migration to S/4 Hana. In the process, the issues of SAP security and compliance are often completely ignored.
E-3 Magazine
November 25, 2019
Security for S/4 Hana migrations
This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

"This is grossly negligent"

says Bodo Kahl, CEO Sast Solutions of Akquinet.

"S/4 Hana is completely new software and legacy systems open the door to hackers. The switch to S/4 is an opportunity to improve the security of SAP systems enormously."

Three aspects should be considered as part of a secure S/4 Hana migration, for example, technical security. After a security audit, hardening of the target systems takes place, followed by continuous real-time monitoring for critical incidents.

The adaptation of the authorization concept is also crucial. During migration, the existing authorization concept cannot be adopted one-to-one.

On this occasion, it is therefore more than sensible to check existing roles for critical authorizations and SoD conflicts and to transfer them without disruptions.

Finally, companies should clean up their Abap code. Experience shows that up to 70 percent of the customer's own code is obsolete and does not need to be migrated. Cleaned up in this way, S/4 Hana systems are then optimally protected against threats.

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This gives the Competence Center strategic importance for existing SAP customers. Regardless of the S/4 Hana operating model, topics such as Automation, Monitoring, Security, Application Lifecycle Management and Data Management the basis for S/4 operations.

For the second time, E3 magazine is organizing a summit for the SAP community in Salzburg to provide comprehensive information on all aspects of S/4 Hana groundwork. All information about the event can be found here:

SAP Competence Center Summit 2024


Event Room, FourSide Hotel Salzburg,
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June 5 and 6, 2024

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Event Room, Hotel Hilton Heidelberg,
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28 and 29 February 2024


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