If you think Oracle database patching is patchy in organizations, then enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications are just as bad when it comes to being kept up-to-date. A security vendor today rolled out an intrusion prevention system (IPS) for SAP ERP software that runs with Snort and similar products that helps catch SAP-related attacks. It could be used in Sourcefire, McAfee, Cisco, and HP TippingPoint IPS products, according to its developer Onapsis.
Boston-based Onapsis, which has been at the forefront of ERP security research, now offers a subscription-based IDS/IPS signatures for SAP that run atop Snort and other perimeter detection devices. “There is a big problem in this ERP security space: More security breaches are being reported and customers need patches to protect themselves from them, but most do not patch their ERP systems enough,” says Mariano Nunez, CEO at Onapsis.
“The problem is that many of these also have relied on IDS/IPS, but, unfortunately, those [devices] have no way to stop SAP attacks. They don’t have signature data specific to SAP, so we developed a set of signatures that we could add onto current IPS systems … and it make it SAP-security aware,” he says. “So you don’t need to go buy another appliance.”