Accelerate and Automate SAP HANA Security Compliance with Workload Aware Security Layer (WASL) from HPE and XYPRO

In most mission critical environments, SAP HANA is the lifeblood of an organization. SAP HANA (High-performance ANalytic Appliance) is a highly performant, highly scalable in-memory database that serves as a platform for enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications and other business workloads that need to analyze data in real time.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is the #1 system provider for SAP HANA* with over 40 percent market share—more than the next three vendors combined—and is the leader in deployments of SAP HANA appliances, tailored datacenter integration (TDI), SAP® BW/4HANA®, and SAP S/4HANA®. With nearly 25,000 customers and over 34,000 servers running SAP applications on HPE hardware HPE brings a unique understanding of SAP and SAP HANA environments for customers of all sizes and with all types of workloads.

HPE understands the demand SAP HANA requires from server and storage environments to keeping mission-critical applications protected and secure, modernizing your digital core.

Many organizations find it difficult to achieve and stay in compliance with the latest security and regulatory requirements with regards to SAP HANA. Evolving industry regulations put additional stress on security professionals to maintain system security policies.

According to the Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report, over 70% of global organizations are not prepared to handle a sophisticated cyberattack. And the costs are huge—on average, a data breach costs an organization over $4.24 million. Add the more difficult to measure, but very real costs of data loss, customer trust, and reputation damage and these figures quickly multiply. With the frequency of cyberattacks increasing and currently standing at approximately 100 million data records every day, you need to take action to protect your data.

Consider the following:

  • Are you confident of the security compliance of your business-critical workloads?
  • Is your compliance level current to address evolving threats?
  • Do you thoroughly understand the risks of your business operations and data?

Security compliance for SAP HANA is challenging

When deploying SAP HANA, adherence to the SAP HANA security guidelines is a monumental and expensive effort. The SAP security guide for hardening SAP HANA now exceeds 800 pages. This doesn’t include hardening the RedHat or SUSE Linux operating system to meet Center of Internet Security (CIS) compliance benchmarks. HPE research has found that out-of-box Linux distributions are less than 50% compliant to industry standards. To achieve full compliance, organizations are required to harden systems with manual effort and scripts. Performing these processes manually across multiple systems in multiple locations is burdensome to IT teams as they are cumbersome, prone to human error, and can consume months of staff time to evaluate, remediate, deploy, and maintain security compliance.

The Difference Maker: Automated security compliance with WASL

With decades of expertise in securing the most critical and demanding IT environments in the world, XYPRO Technology, together with Hewlett Packard Enterprise have strengthened their mission-critical security offerings with a unique security compliance solution for Linux® and SAP HANA® workloads—Workload Aware Security Layer (WASL). WASL is designed to provide efficient, industry-standard compliance at the operating system and application levels. Unlike other products in the market that rely on security services or require manual effort and custom scripting, WASL automates the security compliance process. WASL reduces security compliance deployment time for Linux operating systems and SAP HANA® workloads from months to minutes.

With a single click, WASL hardens both the Linux operating system and the SAP HANA workload to achieve over 90% security compliance. The remaining effort requires minimal input, such as a password or log file location.

WASL unburdens IT teams, fortifying the business, and lowering costs to achieve quick time to value. Through a single-pane-of-glass, WASL quickly assesses the security posture of your SAP HANA environment and exposure to threats.

WASL’s intuitive, consolidated dashboard continuously monitors compliance for your operating systems and mission-critical workloads, a key activity, especially after an O/S update. WASL remediates non-compliant issues with a single click and, if needed, rolls back to a previous compliant version – something other compliance solutions cannot do. WASL is customizable – adding, modifying, and silencing rules in accordance with security policies specific to your country/location/industry. WASL can define roles such as user, administrator, policy officer, operator, security auditor, and more. WASL also generates audit reports. With such powerful security capabilities at your fingertips, costly third-party security services can be avoided, and the risk of fines and legal costs for non-compliance is mitigated.

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If you are looking to simplify and accelerate security compliance for SAP HANA on Linux (RHEL & SUSE SLES) across your HPE server environment, visit www.xypro.com/wasl or contact your HPE representative.

 

Author


  • Steve Tcherchian, CISSP, PCI-ISA, PCI-P is the Chief Product Officer and Chief Information Security Officer for XYPRO Technology. Steve is a member of the Forbes Technology Council, the NonStop Under 40 executive board and part of the ANSI X9 Security Standards Committee. With over 20 years in the cybersecurity field, Steve is responsible for global strategy and innovation of XYPRO’s security product line as well as overseeing XYPRO’s risk, compliance and security to ensure the best experience for customers in the Mission-Critical computing marketplace.   Steve is a security leader with a record of superior results in a variety of challenging and multicultural environments, as well as an engaging and dynamic speaker who regularly presents on cybersecurity topics at conferences around the world.