Staying Risk-Free and Compliant

Massimo Emilione
By: Massimo Emilione
Date: December 01, 2016

Against the backdrop of changing financial reporting and regulatory requirements, there’s increasing pressure to keep ERP systems secure to protect against internal and external risks. As companies grow and expand, and new employees join the company, and others leave or their positions change, the challenge of managing system access control grows.

Many organizations rely on spreadsheets to manage access control, but it’s an inefficient and ineffective approach that can put the business at risk. Automating segregation of duties (SoD) controls increases visibility of security data and simplifies the monitoring of permissions, roles and access, facilitating compliance with regulatory and corporate requirements.

Secure Your Data

Security auditing and understanding which users have access to corporate information and what type of access is necessary to safeguard systems and prevent against fraud and abuse. Companies using Lawson security may find it difficult and time-consuming to get information on system usage, including who has access to master Lawson forms, and where there might be segregation of duties conflicts.

No individual should have excessive system access that enables them to execute transactions across an entire business process without checks and balances. For example, you would not want the same person to be able to open a purchase order and have approval right past a certain threshold.

Identifying and resolving segregation of duty conflicts is critical to protecting company assets and systems. Automating segregation of duty management presents a preventive and proactive approach for monitoring access control, user provisioning and compliance reporting. With a segregation of duties automated management in place, no one individual has access to responsibilities which are inherently in conflict with one another.

Free the IT Staff

IT staff using manual methods spend countless hours deciphering the best way to pull security reports, rather than more strategic focus on protecting the company’s assets. With an automated system for segregation of duties management, IT can pull reports in near real time and are able to better manage their time as well as lower the liability risk for the company.

Make Smarter Decisions

With visibility into Lawson Security data, users have rapid access to security information and visibility into their state of security and compliance. Addressing vulnerabilities is possible before it becomes a larger problem.

Proactive, continuous management of segregation of duties compliance is necessary to protect the business in an ever-changing work environment. While security checks are important in protecting the business, they should not be difficult to implement and maintain. Internal controls that are simple to manage support a sustainable IT strategy and longer lasting value to the organization.

Massimo Emilione is the Product and Delivery manager for Avaap and recipient of the American Business Award’s Technical Professional of the Year award. Use the form below to contact him for a complimentary product demonstration of Avaap Security Dashboard.

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