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Appsian How-To: Enforce Transaction Level Policy Controls in SAP

By Michael Cunningham • November 24, 2021

The typical business application’s role-based access control (RBAC) security model provides poor dynamic transaction level policy control enforcement. In this video demonstration, you’ll see how to enforce transaction level controls in SAP using attribute-based access controls (ABAC). You’ll also see how Appsian Security’s analytics platform, Appsian360, allows you to monitor user behavior around those transactions and spot deviations from normal behavior.

 

 

Gartner recommends transitioning from the static RBAC security to Adaptive Security found in an Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC) security model. ABAC allows you to set controls based on policies and enforce that control at the transactional level or at the field level. The good thing about this is we can enforce transaction level controls in one place, and we can make it work across the different transactions. In other words, it’s a one-to-many level of control.

You can then use Appsian360 to monitor the most often run transactions, where they are most frequently run from, and the active status of these transactions.

What is Adaptive Security?

Adaptive security is an approach to managing security that analyzes behaviors and events to protect against and adapt to threats before they happen. With an adaptive security architecture, an organization can continuously assess risk and control effectiveness monitoring and automatically provide proportional enforcement that can be dialed up or down to fit its need.

  • Adaptive Security is configured using combinations of contextual attributes, to enforce policy requirements into the access controls, thus automating policy enforcement. 
  • Adaptive Security constantly monitors and analyzes detailed user behaviors at the transaction and data level to detect threats, and then adapts the security controls to respond to threat with a mitigation action. 
  • The specific policy requirements configured into the access controls become the “key risk indictors” that Appsian360 can monitor to detect and report anomalies and threats.

Contact us today for a full demonstration on how to implement policy controls at the transaction level in your ERP applications.

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