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Roundup: Best SAP Cybersecurity Courses for Each Skill Level

Nov 19, '20 by Joerg Schneider-Simon

SAP cybersecurity professionals are in high demand. Really high demand. Ridiculously high demand.

As we noted back in 2018, there is a major shortage of cybersecurity professionals. So, if you’re an aspiring SAP cybersecurity professional, the best way to become one of the most valuable people in your organization – or the most sought-after candidate – is to ensure your SAP cybersecurity skills are up to date.

Fortunately, there are several excellent online courses for all skill levels. Whether you want to upgrade your cybersecurity skills, learn a new SAP system, or make a career move to specialize in cybersecurity, there are both live and on-demand courses available online to help you get there.

If you require SAP training certificates, you may want to select courses offered directly by SAP, whereas if you are looking to acquire real-world cybersecurity knowledge and training, you may want to look at courses offered by third-party companies. Below, we’ve outlined our recommended courses by skill level and vendor.

Best Beginner SAP Cybersecurity Course

SAP System Security Fundamentals

Delivery: Virtual Live Classroom

Duration: 2 days

Audience: System Security Administrator, Security Architect, Technology Consultant

This two-day course covers the fundamentals of SAP system security, including:

  • SAP Access Governance and Control
  • SAP NetWeaver Application Security Overview
  • SAP Access Governance and Compliance
  • Infrastructure Security
  • Security Monitoring with SAP Solution Manager
  • SAP Data Privacy Governance and Cybersecurity

Best Advanced SAP Cybersecurity Courses

Secure SAP System Management

Delivery: Virtual Live Classroom

Duration: 2 days

Audience: System Security Administrator, Technology Consultant

Learn the fundamentals of SAP system management during this two-day course taught by SAP instructors. Students will gain knowledge on how to use tools from SAP to conduct security checks and to make sure the SAP system landscape is secured. Topics like data protection, GDPR, security monitoring, SAP role maintenance, security in change management and development are covered.

The curriculum includes:

  • Introduction to Security Audit
  • Audit Information System (AIS)
  • User and Authorization Audit
  • Logs in AS ABAP
  • Security in System Administration Tasks
  • Security in Change Management and Development
  • SAP Security Notes

SAP NetWeaver Application Server Security

Delivery: Virtual Live Classroom

Duration: 5 days

Audience: System Administrator, Technology Consultant, Infrastructure Security Administrator

This course is designed for security professionals who are responsible for implementing, managing, and monitoring system security in their SAP environment. This course dives deep into the network and infrastructure security in an SAP system landscape. Various aspects of the authentication and encryption mechanisms on SAP NetWeaver Application Servers are discussed. Course participants will get hands-on experience from this training.

Topics covered include:

  • Security Overview
  • NetWeaver AS Components and Communication Mechanisms
  • NetWeaver AS Security Operations
  • Basics of Authentication and Single Sign-On
  • RFC Security
  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
  • Integration B2B
  • Infrastructure

SAP Security Certifications Exams

SAP Certified Technology Professional - System Security Architect

Questions: 80

Time: 180 minutes

This exam verifies that the candidate possesses the deep knowledge required in the area of SAP System Security and Authorization. This certificate proves that the candidate has an advanced understanding within the Technology Consultant profile and is able to apply these skills practically and provide guidance in SAP project implementation in the role of an SAP Security Architect. The holder of this certification is capable to review and evaluate the security level of complex on-premises, cloud and hybrid system architectures.

SAP Certified Technology Associate - Authorization and Auditing

Questions: 80

Time: 180 minutes

This exam verifies that the candidate has the requisite knowledge in the area of ABAP AS authorization concepts and SAP security system management. This certificate proves that the candidate has a basic and overall understanding within the consultant profile of SAP security concepts and can put this knowledge into practice as a member of a project team.

Other SAP Cybersecurity Courses

If your goal is not to obtain formal SAP certifications, but to gain real-world experience in SAP cybersecurity, then we recommend checking out the new program by NO MONKEY. Founded and backed some of the world’s leading SAP cybersecurity experts, NO MONKEY offers a mix of virtual classrooms, self-paced on-demand and blended learning options, and (COVID-19 permitting), even on-site training by long-time SAP penetration testing and auditing experts.

Check out our recommended SAP cybersecurity courses below, or view the full Academy offering here.

Virtual Classroom Training:

  • Fundamentals of Securing ABAP Based Applications
  • Fundamentals of Assessing User Access in SAP ABAP Systems

eLearning On Demand:

  • Fundamentals for SAP Threat Modeling
  • Security Overview of Hybrid Integration Scenarios for SAP
  • Fundamentals of Security Incident Network Containment
  • Principals of RFC Gateway & Message Server Hardening

Upgrading your SAP cybersecurity skills does typically require a commitment of a couple of days. However, there are two great reasons why you should make it a priority: Not only will you be better equipped to protect mission-critical SAP systems, you’ll increase your standing and value as an SAP cybersecurity expert.

Take the SAP Security Self-Assessment