Zscaler is thrilled to team up with SAP to increase global user accessibility to critical business applications while stamping out ransomware attacks and other threats.
With the rise of digital transformation initiatives, application owners are moving apps critical to operational and payment functions, such as SAP, to the cloud in order to ensure effective scalability. But, to maximize the value of these cloud investments, achieve business continuity in the event of the unknown (COVID-19, for example), and support a new hybrid work model in the post-COVID world, employees, partners, and customers must be able to securely access SAP and other business apps from anywhere and on any device, and without adding risk to the business. Let’s take a look at the issues in detail.
Hackers are exploiting these new vulnerabilities when proper security is not deployed. In fact, findings from a joint report by SAP and Onapsis on cyber activity from mid-2020 to March 2021 reveals:
Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) is a cloud-delivered service from Zscaler that provides seamless, zero trust access to private applications, such as SAP, running on a public cloud or within the data center.. With ZPA connectivity, SAP is never exposed to the internet, making it completely invisible to unauthorized users. ZPA enables SAP to connect to users via inside-out connectivity versus extending the corporate network to them via VPN or VDI service. Users are never placed on the network. This zero trust network access (ZTNA) approach supports both managed and unmanaged devices and any private application (not just web apps). The result is better security, better visibility, and greater regulatory compliance.
Companies like Growmark are already benefiting from ZPA’s ability to increase security and improve user access and experiences, even while users roamed on poor-quality rural connections. Eric Fisher, the IT Director at Growmark, noted: “We’re getting a better security footprint, better visibility and we’re more compliant.”
Indeed, the benefits of leveraging Zscaler Private Access for SAP are multifaceted:
ZPA and SAP can be configured in just minutes
In addition, a topic that is top of mind for CIOs and CISOs today is how to protect business-critical applications during a cloud migration process, while providing uninterrupted, global remote access. Most enterprises today are migrating SAP ECC (ERP Central Components) to S/4HANA. S/4HANA allows customers to choose from a broad range of “4+1” cloud infrastructure providers, including AWS, Azure, GCP, Alibaba, and SAP’s own HANA Enterprise Cloud. Migrating an ERP platform that touches every part of your business, customers, and suppliers without disruption is a complex undertaking.
Zscaler Private Access simplifies and speeds up migrations by reducing the networking complexities typically encountered when moving users from an on-premise application into a cloud-hosted environment. Once end-users are configured to use the ZPA Client Connector, administrators are freed up to focus on back-end migration tasks. Moreover, users can be terminated from one back-end and connected to another with a simple policy update in the ZPA administration console. The result is simpler SAP migrations that can be completed in less time.
Zscaler is an SAP PartnerEdge Build Partner and is proud to announce that ZPA is listed as a supported product on SAP’s 2021 HANA Enterprise Cloud Advanced Edition Roles and Responsibilities document. This gives customers the confidence knowing that ZPA has passed SAP’s rigorous processes for determining interoperability with SAP applications.
And the benefits don’t stop here. ZPA for SAP is just one example of how the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange can enhance security, improve user experiences, and leverage policy to easily streamline application access and cloud migration. For more information on Zscaler solutions for SAP, please visit Zscaler ZPA for SAP.