Column-Level Security in SAP HANA

  • by Abhijit Ingale, SAP Analytics Technical Architect, Tata Consultancy Services
  • November 13, 2017
Big Data technologies offer a huge opportunity to organizations to consolidate data from a variety of data sources and derive meaningful insights from it that can help in achieving business growth. With this opportunity, there are also challenges with respect to information security. Database technologies offer a variety of ways to implement information security. SAP HANA uses analytic authorizations to implement row-level security ensuring the information is consumed only by its rightful users. However, SAP HANA does not offer a column-level security feature out of the box. This article describes the process to implement column-level security in SAP HANA.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn about:

  • The concept of column-level security
  • How to implement column-level security in SAP HANA
Key Concept

Column-level security hides or masks sensitive information ensuring only the authorized business users have access to it. It helps to protect sensitive data from unauthorized access.

With the Internet of Things (IoT) slowly turning into reality, there is explosion of data from varied sources. Organizations are striving to harness the abundance for information lying in this data. However, this also poses a challenge to prevent an unauthorized access to this information. Ensuring that only authorized users can access the information is imperative.

Abhijit Ingale

Abhijit Ingale is an experienced SAP analytics technical architect. He has more than 12 years of IT experience in designing, developing, and managing many complex software solutions including more than seven years of experience with SAP Analytics applications. He has been associated with many SAP Analytics implementation programs in various capacities across different geographies while working with some of the leading global IT organizations such as Tata Consultancy Services, Hewlett Packard, and Patni Computers. His core expertise includes SAP BusinessObjects, SAP HANA, and SAP BW. He holds a bachelor of engineering degree in Information Technology from the University of Mumbai. He is SAP certified in Enterprise SAP HANA Modeling and Business Intelligence with SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects. He also a certified SAFe Agilist.

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