26 Oct The Two Major Ways SAP GRC Access Control Enforces Compliance
One of the most critical security challenges enterprises face is the compliant enforcement of access control. Establishing an effective set of access controls and auditing to maintain compliance is vital to ensuring both short- and long-term security protections. Your business has many people touching large amounts of company data; data that can be destructive if used incorrectly, which can damage your or your customers’ reputations. You will be held liable by those affected by compromised data if a data breach occurs, making data access control a top priority in the realm of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC).
Compliance here starts with making sure that your employees have access to only what they need, while keeping access controls transparent and instituting a high level of accountability. SAP GRC Access Control functionality accomplishes this while simplifying the processes—and its customizable configurations allow this solution to be aligned with keeping your enterprise data safe. We have found there are two key elements of SAP GRC Access Control that help you organize and enforce access easily: using transparent user permissions and a stepping-back approach to seeing affected business controls.
Protect the Enterprise Through Transparent User Permissions
Conducting business globally in a regulatory-rich world requires your enterprise to develop a level of transparency around data access. Transparency enables organization across all areas of your business, while allowing for the development of better internal audit and compliance controls across the board. SAP GRC Access Control can accomplish this—to the point of seeing your user data compliance falling into place as a direct result of implementing these controls. However, it will take some effort in the initial stages to ensure you have clear rule sets in place, and there is value in bringing in a third party to work with you here. Having another set of eyes on what access controls are needed will help identify the rules you need while steering your business towards implementing a transparent GRC solution. The best way to do this is through an implementation of SAP GRC as the definitive access enforcer for your business.
SAP GRC Access Control brings a set of fully customizable compliance rules to your business needs, so that you can set up and assign permissions in a clear, visible way. Having transparent, automated rule sets in your ERP will help you avoid complacency in maintaining user access controls, allowing you to accomplish a key aspect of maintaining regulatory compliance. Of course, this will all be in vain if you end up missing a group of users or fail to protect a dataset. It will be important to know and understand what exactly needs protecting when implementing access controls.
Take a Step Back to Ensure Your Controls Remain Compliant
It is crucial at this stage to start by taking a step back [link to “ERP Implementation Project Plan” once live] in order to see all your process controls, regulatory requirements, and access controls. Looking at every aspect of your business gives you a big-picture idea of where your compliance currently stands, while giving you a greater sense of where it needs to go. In fact, the act of stepping back during an ERP implementation of access controls is, in itself, a key way to enforce compliance. By taking the time to force yourself to examine all your processes, you will be confident that the solution you choose will leave you in a high state of compliance.
- Implementing SAP GRC Access Control gets you to develop better segregation of duties. Oftentimes when working with businesses, we find a number of common duties spread across multiple users in different departments, many of whom no longer require access to perform the tasks to which they have access. By stepping back a bit, you can easily detect and retire redundant or no longer relevant job duties, while creating a better, more definitive, access structure.
- SAP GRC Access Control implementation will expose regulatory noncompliance in your business. As processes and the access controls around these processes are discovered, you will be lifting a veil from them and perhaps making surprising discoveries. While this can be frightening and overwhelming at first, it opens the door for procedural changes which, when set up to align with your access control efforts, gives your business better process stability and contributes to the positive impact of implementing SAP GRC Access Controls.
This is another discovery phase where using an experienced third party will make a huge difference in your project results.
Engage an Expert Partner for Access Control Implementation
Aurum Terra likes to think of an SAP GRC Access Control solution as your access control enforcer. With an SAP GRC solution in place, your business is able to manage and prevent access violations, enforcing and maintaining company-wide compliance. We work with you to organize your compliance efforts so that they align with your business goals and needs. At the end of an SAP GRC implementation, you will know that your employees have access to only what they need, while having a high level of transparency built in for ease of auditing and maintaining regulatory compliance.
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