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Few IT departments understand the business end of things, and fewer truly understand compliance.
By: Ben Uher
Mar. 28, 2017 07:00 AM
The origins of SAP GRC software goes back decades, but adoption has been slow. But with the rigor of modern compliance regimes like SOX, coupled with the sheer volume and complexity of online transactions, there's been an accelerating movement away from document-centric review processes to automation. There are a variety of SAP process control and access control solutions that can monitor transactions, alert on potential SOD conflicts, and facilitate remediation.
Companies implementing GRC software stick segregation of duties in IT for obvious reasons:
But in reality, sticking segregation of duties in IT is asking for trouble.
Why Keeping SOD in IT is Risky
IT also doesn't know all the company's users. Managers can look at reports of risks within their departments and make a determination about whether they're valid, but IT can't. And when you keep segregation of duties in IT, there's often no way for the department to communicate with the rest of the company about potential security issues. If your company has regular sit-downs about security between IT and, say, sales, you're definitely the exception to the rule.
But maybe the biggest issue with keeping segregation of duties in IT is the fact that IT itself needs to be supervised. Without adequate SOD controls, developers can steal source code, testers can break compliance using shadow IT and superusers can do, well, almost anything. The idea of creating separate roles for creating and paying vendors, while trusting your admin with godlike powers over your whole landscape is insane, but many companies do just that.
Companies Need SOD Solutions That Can Report to Business Owners
The right GRC software solution can provide crucial support through automation. ControlPanelGRC takes in information from the whole landscape, run reports regularly, and push them to the correct people for review and approval. This approval process itself is authenticated by the GRC software, so that you don't have to spend hours gathering old emails and documents to prove to your auditor that you've implemented compensating controls.
Remediation is just as easy. You can quickly implement your auditor's recommendation from the SAP GRC software. The same goes for user provisioning, role provisioning and other routine SAP security tasks. With the right software, there's really no need - and no excuse - to keep segregation of duties in IT.
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