Ensuring SAP Test Data Compliance with GDPR

by February 2, 2018

How can SAP test automation make your path to GDPR data privacy compliance painless, rapid and low risk?

There’s just months to go. On 25 May 2018, the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. The aim is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches – and simplify the regulatory environment so both citizens and businesses can fully benefit from the digital economy.

Under the terms of GDPR, organizations will not only need to ensure that personal data is gathered legally and under strict conditions, but those who collect and manage it will also be obliged to protect it from misuse and exploitation, as well as to respect the rights of data owners.

Non-compliance is a no-no: Failure to comply with GDPR can result in a fine ranging from €10 million to four percent of the company’s annual global turnover – a figure which for some could cost billions.

Don’t let GDPR compliance get in the way of innovation

While GDPR compliance is crucial, you can’t let this legislation get in the way of your digital transformation journey – especially when you’re running a complex environment like SAP. You need compliance at speed. The agility of SAP test data is vital to the success of the entire company, as digital applications still strongly rely on back-end capabilities. If there is a bottleneck in testing new applications, time to market increases, business agility becomes very difficult to achieve and continuous delivery next to impossible. So, how can you ensure SAP test data compliance that is painless, rapid and low risk?

The reality, however, is that testing has always been tough in an SAP environment; while there are almost limitless tools to choose from to accelerate development, the IT operations processes that support it have not increased in agility at the equivalent pace. At the same time, data has increased in size exponentially while the technology that manages test data has stood still.

To meet the demands of GDPR information security and privacy compliance – and avoid the potential penalties associated with it – organizations need to scramble or mask all sensitive information in the SAP environment. However, systems like SAP create a huge amount of data, the manipulation of which becomes a challenge for companies looking to release apps at the pace and scale required by digital transformation.

It is essential to avoid scrambling scripts that need to be updated each time data structure changes. Instead, it is important to create algorithms that protect data fields without breaking functional aspects of the SAP application. It is also vital to get rid of all manual tasks to ensure that no sensitive field is missed which would create the risk of a data breach on non-production systems.

Automation delivers rapid SAP test data compliance

The answer is one that is common to so many aspects of service delivery: automation. A single, unified automation platform enables the optimization of SAP non-production systems delivery – most importantly in this instance, test data masking.

An automation platform allows unattended SAP system copies with test data – whatever the volume of variety – to be masked, meaning sensitive data is anonymized when used in non-production environments. This automated masking process masks data so the necessary logic is retained but cannot be revealed. Only specified fields that contain confidential information are masked, with non-sensitive data unchanged. The result? Scrambling sensitive SAP data on the non-production copies makes them compliant with GDPR.

You can learn much more about SAP test data compliance following the GDPR legislation in one of our webinars. Lorenzo Squellati Director, SNP Applications Americas, Inc. and Craig Kirkeide, a Solutions Architect at the CA Automation business unit, reveal how powerful automation tools scramble sensitive SAP data on the non-production copies – making your path to GDPR data privacy compliance painless, rapid and low risk.

The countdown to May 25 doesn’t have to be a doomsday clock. Watch the webinar and experience a new approach to SAP testing and compliance.