3 Tips to Mitigate Security Risk During an ERP Cloud Migration

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Your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, whether it’s SAP or the Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS), is vital to your organization’s processes.

It can support all business functions, including finance, manufacturing, procurement, ordering, services, human resources and more. Keeping your ERP system functional and performing efficiently and at a high level is an absolute must. To optimize performance, making changes is necessary. One of the biggest challenges with making changes to the ERP system is that these changes can create security and compliance risks or expose new exploit opportunities on existing vulnerabilities.

Some common change scenarios to your ERP system include applying security patches, updating servers, upgrading software versions and migrating servers and applications to the cloud. While each of these changes can introduce varying degrees of risk, I am going to focus this blog on a major change agent that is trending today, ERP cloud migrations.

ERP-to-Cloud migration projects already exist at many organizations as either ‘in discussion’, ‘in planning’, ‘in progress’, or already ‘a reality.’  Are you moving your servers that support your ERP system to a cloud service? Or, are you moving your entire ERP system to the cloud where it will be also be managed by SAP, Oracle, or another managed service provider? Either way, I will offer up a few tips to manage and mitigate the risks from start to finish to help ensure a successful migration. Of course, I’ll also put a plug in for how the Onapsis Security Platform (OSP) can help as well.

Tip #1: Start Your Migration with Proper Configurations and Controls
Before starting your ERP migration, you will want to make sure your systems are configured correctly and you have the proper controls in place. Establish your configuration and controls baseline. Then, assess your systems against that baseline. Here’s where OSP can help you automate this process, so you know exactly what to fix and see your progress as you address identified issues.

Tip #2: Complete Outstanding Vulnerability Remediation Cloud Migration Prerequisite 
It is essential to reduce the risk exposure of your ERP’s vulnerability footprint before moving to the cloud. For example, if you need to upgrade your SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) to ECC EHP8, you will then want to finish that upgrade effort with any associated remediations ahead of the cloud migration initiative. – Read more