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Why you need a layered security approach for protecting your data in today’s threat landscape 

Data is the lifeblood of any organization, and thanks to digital transformation, data can be shared easily among many users within and across organizations. Organizations store as well as transmit large amounts of sensitive data and information. 

As more and more data exchange happens, risks and threats also increaseThe average cost of a data breach was $ 3.86 million and surprisingly the average time to identify and contain a breach was a staggering 280 days. This data clearly shows the severe lack of cybersecurity measures in organizations.

The Perimeter Security is quickly losing the steam

Traditionally, organizations have looked at their security controls only from a perimeter level in the belief that attacks happen only from the outside. However, once this perimeter is breached, security is also breached. Even the most hardened perimeter defense systems also fail.

Now, the threat is not only from external sources but also from internal actors that pose a threat. A disgruntled employee with access to sensitive data can cause a data breach or an employee may naively expose the data. Therefore, taking a perimeter-only approach can be deeply flawed.  

Cybercriminals design and use more sophisticated methods to hack into the systems. Organized cyber criminals have an opportunity to exploit an organization’s weak security measures.  Some common factors why organizations fall easy prey to such attacks: 

  • More browser-based applications – Web applications are easy to develop and use.  
  • More connections – higher bandwidth, new devices, geographic footprints ushers in more traffic 
  • More online transactions – The increase in online transactions has led to financial institutions succumbing to more attacks 
  • More connected devices – The proliferation of mobile devices and social media communication has enabled easy information sharing 

Relying on a single security layer is no longer prudent 

As the threat landscape is huge with a wide range of known and unknown threats, protecting digital assets using only the perimeter defense is difficult. 

Layered security or in-depth security on the other hand takes a holistic view of cyber defense. The goal of layered security is to prevent a single security vulnerability from compromising an entire system.  

For example, in a war, if an army concentrates all of its security forces in one spot, with no further defenses protecting the area behind, then if an enemy breaks through that spot, it stands exposed. Whereas if there are some fortifications kept further back, even if the front is breached, the troops behind will stop the enemy from advancing further.  

Therefore, organizations must take a layered approach when designing their security systems to protect their sensitive data. Such an approach must ensure the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of that data.

Protecting SAP data on Azure with a layered approach 

SAP applications are the basis of many enterprise operations and moving them to the cloud helps in increasing agility, flexibility, and security. 

Microsoft Azure is the popular cloud platform that more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies prefer for SAP workloads. Among the many solution providers, Wipro’s SAP on Azure helps to fast track and strengthen SAP on Azure adoption for the enterprise.

Its comprehensive security and compliance solution framework for Azure cloud ensures layered protection for SAP workloads. It brings a depth of hybrid cloud security and compliance expertise to secure SAP applications as well as the service workloads such as servers and DBs on Azure by leveraging native security controls, Wipro’s frameworks, and third-party security solutions.  

Wipro’s SAP on Azure also provides a comprehensive security and compliance through Wipro’s Common Control Framework and Azure Compliance solution. This offering is available to customers who are planning to move their SAP onto Azure and also to customers who have already migrated to SAP on Azure.   

SECUDE’s HALOCORE, Wipro’s partner product provides contextual-driven data protection to SAP exported out of the system by integration with Microsoft Information Protection services. This integration ensures the same level of SAP access control on data is continued even outside of the SAP system.

How HALOCORE helps in protecting the data layer in the SAP downloads 

SECUDE’s HALOCORE is an SAP data security software that protects intellectual property and other sensitive information extracted from SAP systems.

HALOCORE Protect

By integrating directly with SAP, HALOCORE protects data with automated classification, blocks unauthorized reports, and helps generate fine-grained access policies.  HALOCORE also: 

  • Audits all data downloads and exports from SAP to understand what data is leaving the SAP environment and how sensitive the data is. 
  • Classifies sensitive data BEFORE it leaves SAP with a context-aware engine that fits seamlessly into a company-specific framework 
  • Blocks certain sensitive downloads from SAP before they even occur to minimize the risk of malicious or accidental data loss 
  • Extends the security templates provided by Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) to protect sensitive documents extracted from SAP 

With HALOCORE you can gain complete visibility and control of sensitive data handling across the entire SAP landscape. 

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