The Evolution of Security Concerns

  • by Andrea Haynes, Group Editor, SAP Experts
  • August 8, 2017

Raymond Mastre, a director at PwC and a speaker at the GRC 2017 SAPinsider conference in Las Vegas, has seen an uptick in concern about the IT topic he has been immersed in for almost 13 years since graduating from Penn State: SAP system security. He leads the PwC SAP security services practice in the west region. He is responsible for the area from Seattle to Arizona, and reaching east to Denver.

Raymond Mastre, a director at PwC and a speaker at the GRC 2017 SAPinsider conference in Las Vegas, has seen an uptick in concern about the IT topic he has been immersed in for almost 13 years since graduating from Penn State: SAP system security. He leads the PwC SAP security services practice in the west region. He is responsible for the area from Seattle to Arizona, and reaching east to Denver.

At the recent GRC 2017 SAPinsider conference, Mastre presented the session “Cyber Threats in your SAP ecosystem: What you need to know.” This is the sixth year he has spoken at the conference, and in an interview after the session, he discussed the evolution of the topic of security during that time.

When he first started speaking at the conference, his topics focused on SAP application security, how to build security roles, and how to secure the application itself. The orientation was toward compliance and meeting audit requirements. There wasn’t a lot of concern about someone breaking in from the outside as the thought in companies was that it would take a lot of effort. However, after news stories about break-ins, there was an uptick in interest. Currently the concern has become systemic and topics have evolved toward a comprehensive security discussion. “This is not going to end any time soon,” he said. “People don’t want to end up on the front page of the newspaper.”

Note
Ray Mastre will be presenting at the Cybersecurity for SAP Customers 2017 conference, November 29-December 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. For information on the event click here.

Andrea Haynes

Group Editor, SAP Experts

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