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Cloud Security Perspectives and Insights

Securing Critical ERP Data in the Cloud

Negin Aminian
Product Marketing Manager

It’s not surprising to hear that an increasing number of organizations are moving their mission critical applications to the cloud in order to leverage its flexible functionalities. While there are many benefits, such as a reduction in operational costs, moving to the cloud also poses new security risks and challenges. Organizations must address this increasingly complex threat landscape in order to protect their users, applications, and data.

Critical applications, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, host very sensitive data, making them prime targets for cyberattacks. While SaaS vendors are responsible for the security of the application infrastructure, SaaS customers must protect the customer data and access of the application. Due to the high risk of attack, organizations must implement security policies and solutions in order to protect themselves. As illustrated below, most business leaders are expecting an increased number of cyberattacks on an ERP system, so organizations need to move fast.

According to the Cloud Security Alliance ERP Working Group, “you must continually monitor user activity to detect malicious and anomalous behavior.” To start, organizations must find a way to give different employees, different levels of access to business critical applications and monitor what users are doing at any point in time. As shown below, Oracle’s CASB Cloud Service (CASB) and Identity Cloud Service (IDCS) can help organizations protect the data in their ERP system while continually monitoring user activity.

                           

As organizations transition their critical applications to the cloud, many questions may arise. Success in the cloud depends highly on the amount of visibility and ability to scale. For more information on creating a security strategy for your critical SaaS applications, access our  Securing Sensitive ERP Data infographic and dive deeper into strategies for securing all of your mission-critical SaaS applications in our new Cloud Security guide

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