Security should be the number one priority for any software developer. Often, however, developers of software such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) neglect to include certain security features. ERP systems provide the backbone of many companies, so it’s critical that the data be secure and protected against attack. Organizations face multiple attack vectors, including near-daily ransomware attacks that threaten their security infrastructure. Many individuals and companies were affected by the WannaCry attack, which cost businesses over $4 billion, according to CBS News.
Lack of awareness of the importance of ERP security is the result of companies’ reliance on ERP vendors to incorporate that security. Many ERP solutions come with some security, but organizations must build a secure network for the ERP system to reside in.
Security features such as firewalls and host-based security systems help harden the network and protect ERP software against attack.
At a minimum, a secure ERP arrangement should:
ERP security can be integrated into the network, presentation, and application layer of every network to include external interfaces, the database, and internal business processes. When an ERP user communicates with customers, the security of the system is classified into the network domain. An ERP expert doesn’t handle these individual cases; instead, this function is available by purchase from network security vendors.
Key aspects of ERP security include:
End-to-end security must be established for an ERP solution to be effective. Depending on ERP software to come with proper security settings should never be an option. Organizations should approach ERP security as they would any other network resource. With proper defenses in place, organizations can minimize risk to their network. All information in an ERP solution should be properly encrypted and treated as sensitive data.