ERP Security Features-If data is the lifeblood your business—and cyberattacks an infection—ERP security features are, well, the white blood cells.
Businesses, especially those in the manufacturing sector, depend on ERP software to streamline disparate processes from across the organization. Yet all that sensitive information—blueprints, copyrights, financial data—means ERP systems are an ideal target for cybercriminals.
Don’t blame that on the software, though. With an array of features designed to safeguard the “crown jewels” of your business, an ERP system can be an effective deterrent against even the most malicious attacks—as long as you know how to use it.
To reduce the likelihood of breaches and cyberattacks, manufacturers should make use of the following ERP security features:
|Access control||Distribute permissions, review user access, and automate rights-related processes.|
|IoT endpoint security||Maintain equipment inventory, segregate devices, and analyze network traffic.|
|Compliance management||Enforce regulatory compliance, track and verify transactions, and conduct regular data audits.|
Let’s take a closer look at how these features work—and why they’re essential for ERP security.
Eliminate internal threats with ERP access control
To shield your ERP data from external forces, you must protect it from within.
This applies to more than just ill-intentioned employees, who are a real but rare threat. Much more common are unauthorized or insufficiently trained ERP users, who are prone to careless mistakes and data mismanagement—the consequences of which can devastate a business.
Fortunately, most modern ERP systems have built-in access control functionality, empowering manufacturers to allocate user access to those who need it while restricting it from those who don’t.
With ERP access control, system administrators can:
- Distribute permissions. Not all ERP users are the same, with needs and responsibilities that vary widely across the organization. Access should therefore vary based on user roles, permission levels, and document types.
- Review user access. As real-life roles and responsibilities change, so too should ERP access. Require managers to periodically verify permissions and grant or revoke access as job functions change.
- Automate access controls. Automation is rampant throughout modern ERP software—and access control is no exception. Depending on the task, an ERP can instantly notify stakeholders of critical updates with minimal disruption to your workflow.
Safeguard data with IoT endpoint security features
The internet of things (IoT) casts a wide web. As smartphones and cloud computing proliferate, our devices intertwine to facilitate instant communication and real-time access to data. These accessibility and efficiency boosts are great for businesses—that is, until they aren’t.