Data Privacy and Cloud Security in SAP SuccessFactors Solutions


It is apparent that most organizations use huge amounts of personal data. The data which sometimes is based on AWS systems is all important but grows. Such data includes applicant data, employee data and customer data.

Even as the data grows, an organization still remains in charge of all confidential customer and employee information and is, therefore, responsible for ensuring that the data is protected. It doesn't matter whether the data is stored in the cloud, like in AWS systems or stored in-house. 
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SAP SuccessFactors and Data Encryption 

Data encrypt is useful in converting clear texts into unintelligible, scrambled, cypher-text through non-readable mathematical algorithms and calculations. To restore the text, the initial security key, as well as a corresponding decryption algorithm, will be needed.

By default, the SAP SuccessFactors solutions secure data through Transport Layer Security 1.2 256 bit encrypt for data-in-transit while it uses Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit encrypt for when reseting data. 

Data encryption ensures data security, a feature that is very essential for every organization. However, it is important for you to be familiar with the data security terms for you to be able to understand how data security works in various sectors. 

  • In data security, the TLS protocol creates a secure and authenticated communications channel between the sender and the receiver. It allows the server or client applications to pass information safely - without message forgery, tampering or eavesdropping.
  • AES, on the other hand, is a method used to encrypt raw information (mostly human-readable) into something that is unreadable.

The important thing to take note of is that 256-bit encryption is remarkably secure. The number 256 stands for the length of encrypt key that is used in encrypting data. This means that one would have to try 2256 combinations for them to break any 256-bit encrypted message. 


General Data Protection Regulation and Encrypt

Pseudonymization is a factor that the General Data Protection Regulation GDPR encourages for data security. GDPR prescribes that both the processors and the controllers have to put into effect appropriate organizational and technical protection measures in order to secure data.

For example, the GDPR rules that the authorities need to be notified of any data breach within 72hrs after realising that a security breach altered, destroyed or made personal data readable with the help of unauthorized individuals. 

In case breached data has been adequately pseudonymized or encrypted to make personal data unrecognizable, a notification may not be necessary because the breach might be unlikely to lead to data privacy rights being at risk. Both pseudonymization and encrypt have the potential to limit the extent to which data appears in the breach notification rules. Hence, this reduces fines, remediation costs and damage to an organisation's image. 

Parting shot 

Encryption is generally imperative to protecting personal data. The SAP SuccessFactors solutions are usually delivered with the strong built-in 256-bit encrypt which is necessary during data transit and at data rest. It only requires the application of the appropriate data protection methods to protect personal data as well as reduce exposure to the breach notification provisions.


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