Myths Debunked: You were wrong all this while about ERP Security
Today, implementing ERP Software is very crucial to any company. A business application, big or small helps the company grow and become a first choice for customers. One of the important points to be considered while selecting an ERP software is – ERP Security. It is also one of the most overlooked aspect while selecting a software. Most reasons are due to myths shrouding around the whole concept of ERP Security. Let us look into some of them to understand and debunk myths about ERP security.
Myths debunked about ERP Security:
1. ERP Security comes with the package –
To an extent, that is true. An ERP vendor does include ERP security in the package with the software but that is default and uniform to all the packages that every other company has purchased. For some companies dealing with critical information like defense, aviation, pharma, etc. security of their data becomes most important and needs to be a priority for the company to focus on data security in their ERP software or get an additional security layer built around the current one. Even though if the company is not of that stature, it still does have data – finances, customer’s research, which needs to be secured. Hence, ERP security should be a priority for any company.
2. ERP is not prone to hacking –
This is one common misconception in organizations who are looking to implement ERP software in their premises, give little or no attention to ERP Security thinking that since the software will be used internally, with little or no access from cloud, they are secure from hackers and hence, even the basic or default ERP security will do. Well, this is not fully true. Even if the system is not connected to the internet, it is still not safe from hackers. One faulty USB, attaching of Trojan document from the user’s system, etc. can lead to failure of ERP system in the advent of no proper security. Today, with Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 bringing revolution in industries across verticals, we cannot say that ERP systems are completely exclusive or closed.
3. Lack of Interest in Updating ERP System –
Updates to ERP systems bring in a lot of work on the side of company – seeing that proper backups have been taken, testing the new patch, bug fixing, training, etc. Hence, when it comes to upgrading the ERP security system, a company is very reluctant since it will involve a lot of work on the company’s part. There is a very valid fear that the update may harm the otherwise working system or bring in more unnecessary changes. We need to understand that the technology is changing very frequently and even the ERP system needs to be updated regularly to fight the problems raised by the changes in the technology.
4. Security Policies and Administration –
ERP Security for many organizations is still looked on as an expense and that they would need a dedicated resource for maintaining security and updates. While this is not completely true, it will be beneficial for the company to establish a standard security policies and administration in their company. There are many standards regarding ERP security policies available in the international business scenario which the company can take references from. Security policies once set can help the company keep a tab on the updates, backups and storage of all the data either on Cloud or on – premise.
5. Security for the ERP got from a different vendor –
Today where so many apps and plugins are available, the company might think that it can get ERP security features plugged in from a different vendor. This is not advisable since the ERP vendor who is offering the primary software has the source code and the knowledge of the software itself. From a legal perspective, it is not advisable since the ERP vendor can press charges for sharing of the code to another vendor. It is better to discuss the security features along with the other modules and commercials in the beginning itself to avoid any problems for the company. To know more about ERP security and how can you keep your data secure, SMS SAGE to 56767 or write to Sage Software Solutions Pvt Ltd at email@example.com