Data is the ‘new gold’. Protecting data today literally means protecting your business. With concepts such as the Internet of Things, Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and so on, being increasingly leveraged by industries worldwide, data security has become increasingly important.
The world of SAP is a dynamic one. While companies are building their processes on integrated IT platforms that break traditional application silos, IT security can no longer compete with the overarching protection of corporate data. This is where SECUDE makes the cut.
Dr. Heiner Kromer started SECUDE over two decades ago with the singular focus on developing data security solution. Today, SECUDE is a global security solutions provider offering innovative data protection for users of Enterprise Resource Planning software such as SAP.
The company was founded as a joint venture between SAP and Fraunhofer Institute in 1996. It has maintained a close SAP technology partnership and became a reliable resource for security solutions for the SAP market with ‘Single Sign-On’ for SAP, which was acquired by SAP in 2011. The company focuses on making processes for data security and protection efficient and automated with little or no user interference.
“SECUDE solutions are trusted by many Fortune 500 and DAX listed companies. With branches in Europe, North America and Asia, SECUDE supports customers with the implementation of IT security strategies through a global network.”
The Company – Your data Protection Partner-
SECUDE solutions are trusted by many Fortune 500 and DAX listed companies. With branches in Europe, North America and Asia, SECUDE supports customers with the implementation of IT security strategies through a global network.
Before being established as a global data protection partner for companies across industries, making data generators and consumers understand the high risk of data loss from unexpected quarters – typically from malicious insiders was the biggest challenge before the company. While all data security practitioners are aware of this risk, the overwhelming feeling is that their data is safe and that the probability of critical data loss was miniscule. It took constant effort to make prospects understand that despite conventional security paradigms such as firewalls, authorization and authentication policies, critical data is still very much at risk.
Even with all these challenges at hand, the key point that triggered the growth of the company was getting Microsoft’s official acknowledgement and collaboration to work with the company. The USP of their flagship product, HALOCORE, is that it connects the two worlds of SAP and Microsoft. In other words, it extends Microsoft’s security templates into SAP to extend data security throughout a data file’s life cycle, wherever it may be or may go.
SECUDE solutions are SAP certified. This means that their solutions are capable of complete integration with SAP solutions such as S/4HANA. Such certifications prove to the serious CIO or CISO who wishes to protect the company’s critical data that HALOCORE is a trustworthy solution.
Leveraging its 20-plus years of experience in SAP security and business process know-how in protecting enterprise IP and data, SECUDE launched HALOCORE® as a holistic approach to protect SAP data exports. In 2019, SECUDE launched HALOCAD® to protect invaluable IP in the form of CAD files in SAP and non-SAP environments. HALOCAD currently supports AutoDesk Inventor and AutoCAD. In the immediate coming months it will also encompass PTC Creo, Dassault CATIA and SolidWorks, and Siemens NX and SolidEdge and other CAD applications.
SECUDE focuses on data security, especially for SAP users. This is translated into its flagship product HALOCORE. HALOCORE is a unique technology that protects intellectual property and other sensitive information extracted from SAP systems. By integrating directly with SAP, HALOCORE protects data with automated classification, blocks unauthorized reports, and helps apply fine-grained access policies before documents exit SAP’s boundaries and reaches the user’s system. This innovative approach allows enterprises to maintain a high level of control and security over sensitive documents extracted from SAP throughout their lifetime, even if these have been shared via email, downloaded to a recipient’s PC, or printed as PDF.
In 2019, SECUDE extended data protection to encompass engineering and design data typically in the form of CAD application files. Manufacturing and high-tech companies manage their most critical intellectual property (IP), like product blueprints, designs and other technical drawings based on CAD files. Due to global process and production chains, these files are used by multiple users across departments and even by users outside the company’s IT boundaries. SECUDE secures CAD files through its CAD-specific product, HALOCAD.
SECUDE has always focused on data security from a ‘product’ perspective. Consulting was a means to proffer and educate the market on data security. Even when developing successful hard disk encryption software, such as FinallySecure, as an OEM to brands such as Seagate, the company did not lose its focus on SAP and how it could add value to the SAP ecosystem. The consequence was the highly successful Secure SignOn solution, which was subsequently acquired by SAP itself in 2011. Today, this product is a critical component of SAP application ecosystem.
In fact, SECUDE has, in the past, played important roles in bolstering SAP cryptographic library that helps in encrypting server-to-server communications.
“SECUDE strictly adheres to product design and development processes across its offices in Germany, India, Switzerland and the United States.”
The one critical reason behind SECUDE’s success throughout its long-standing relationship and deep understanding of the SAP world is that SECUDE identifies unaddressed business problems and innovates to solve them.
With a successful range of services extended globally, SECUDE solutions is now in deep collaboration with Microsoft, SAP, and other organizations in enhancing product features to take their services a step further. From the sales and market outreach perspective, the company is in talks with global consultancies in incorporating HALOCORE and HALOCAD in their bouquet of data security solution portfolio.
With technology taking over and the work landscape changing quickly, SECUDE is adopting these changes in order to cope up with the changes. While definitely being a tech-savvy organization, SECUDE is not easily overwhelmed with the rapid technological changes happening around. For all aspects of day-to-day operations, product development and testing, design ideation, sales and marketing, SECUDE has a clear vision on the technological platforms it requires. Also, adhering to an open and transparent work culture, we do not limit ourselves to emails when it comes to the written word. Rather, we tend to make the conversation more accommodative by leveraging enterprise social network technologies such as Microsoft Teams. This platform enables all teams and team members to interact in a more open and transparent way enabling cross-pollination of ideas.