Detect SAP Cyberattacks

Why detect SAP Cyberattacks?

SAP systems and other business-critical applications store the most important corporate data, which is constantly threatened by espionage, sabotage, and fraud.

It does not matter how good your protection measures are: there will always be a possibility of a 0-day attack or abnormal behavior that cannot be prevented with the traditional means. Vulnerability Management process for Large Enterprises with hundreds of business applications involves several challenges in patching such as system complexity, lack of resources, and backward compatibility. Some vulnerabilities cannot be easily patched, which leaves systems open to attacks. Moreover, there are also unidentified ‘0-day’ vulnerabilities to contend with.

Attacks on ERP security have become a hot topic, especially after the USIS data breach caused by an SAP vulnerability exploitation. Analysts from Gartner, IDC, KuppingerCole, Quocirca, and other companies have agreed on the significance of ERP systems security, which traditional solutions lack.

As attackers compromise the ever-expanding sections of organizations networks, retain long-term access, and venture deeper into corporate IT Resources, the attacks on ERP Systems are anticipated to Increase. Anton Chuvakin, Research VP, Gartner.

Given the above, it comes as no surprise that 89% of the surveyed businesses anticipate that the number of attacks will increase. They also estimate an average damage of an ERP security breach at $5 million.

The EAS-SEC SAP Cybersecurity framework distinguishes the following areas that are important to Detect when dealing with SAP Security:

  • Event Management
  • Threat Detection
  • Data Leakage
  • User Behavior.

There are so many different formats for different SAP logs generating so many events that it makes it next to impossible to configure the collection of all the events manually into one centralized point for managing the security of the most critical applications. What is more important, even if you have all logs in one place, you need to know what kind of security data you are looking at – you need intelligence – a brain for your system.

What will you get from SAP Threat Detection Module?

SAP Threat Detection Module of ERPScan Smart Cybersecurity Platform for SAP helps to detect malicious activity and internal fraud by analyzing security-relevant events.

Detection Module can identify any possible attack or unusual activity by collecting, normalizing and analyzing SAP Security events generated by different SAP applications, from ERP to HANA. The ERPScan Detect module detects the following activities:

  • Events – collects logs generated by ABAP, HANA, and JAVA platforms and normalizes them to show the most important activity in one place.
  • Threats – analyzes events and detects malicious activity such as account lockout, privilege escalation, and bruteforce attempts.
  • Attacks – identifies attack attempts using 0-day and 1-day exploits, such as SQL Injections, Code injections, Verb tampering, and others. Our engine combines signature and machine learning approaches to detect attacks.
  • Actions – on top of malicious activity, Detect module monitors all types of critical activities, such as transactions, web services, RFCs, reports, etc.
  • Users – user behavior analytics engine profiles users’ activity and provides information about their actions and unusual behavior with the help of supervised and unsupervised machine learning.

How does SAP Threat Detection Module work?

The SAP Threat Detection Module of ERPScan Smart Cybersecurity Platform for SAP makes security management swift and easy. Its smart engine is responsible for detecting suspicious user behavior with the help of supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms. It helps to start getting benefits from the very first day of using it as well as to get a system with accuracy rising with time. Attack detection methods include signatures and machine learning approaches, which work together to improve the accuracy of detection.

The last substantial benefit is the use of Agentless collections of logs from various types of SAP’s log files, such as Security logs, Audit logs and HTTP logs for HANA ABAP and J2EE systems, so that you do not need to install any agents on top of SAP.

The database of SAP Attack signatures and Potential threats is supported by ERPScan Research and Threat Intelligence team – leaders by the number of discovered vulnerabilities in SAP systems. They have identified 500+ loopholes in SAP and published 100+ research papers about unique attacks.

Who will benefit from using SAP Threat Detetction Module?

SAP Threat Detection, the part of our ERPScan Smart Cybersecurity Platform for SAP, is mostly relevant for Security Operations team, SOC analysts, and Incident Response. SAP Security team may also benefit from information about abnormal SAP user behavior.


  • Decreases SIEM costs down to 80% by filtering raw logs into normalized intelligent events;
  • Makes you compliant with all the regulations and guidelines that require event monitoring, such as SOX, DSAG, GLBA, ISO, NIST, HIPPA, FISMA, NERC CIP, PCI-DSS, etc.
  • Detects known and 0-day attacks, and threats to SAP systems by analyzing critical logs from ABAP, JAVA and HANA systems.
  • Analyzes threats by using 50+ pre-configured statistical dashboards, IOC’s and unique attack database.
  • Reduces efforts with machine learning algorithms, which can study standard behavior to detect anomalies.