Common On-Premises ERP Security Problems & How to Avoid Them

August 25, 2021 | Data Security

ERP solutions are fantastic for keeping information streamlined, improving efficiency, and controlling data. Installing an ERP solution can be a game-changer for any business, but it should be regularly maintained to avoid ERP data security problems. An on-premises ERP solution can seem more secure because it gives complete oversight to the business and does not involve a third party. But without regular upkeep, it can become vulnerable and leave sensitive data at risk. It takes some commitment to keep your business safe from common on-premises ERP security problems. Ask yourself the following questions to be sure your on-premises ERP data security plan is in top shape.

Does My Business Have Outdated Software?

Old or outdated software can open access to cybersecurity threats including, viruses, hackers, and malware. Attackers look for weaknesses in software to breach and target personal and financial data. Updating software and running patches can help security gaps. Assign a dedicated team or employee to keep abreast of the latest updates and routinely implement them. 

How Confident is My Staff?

User confidence is imperative. Employees’ ability to confidently use your ERP software can make or break the success of the system.  Ongoing training is essential to keep users up-to-date and confident. Staff who aren’t fully trained often resort to using other platforms such as Excel to run reports. This allows for information to be stored in several places instead of one and means a team in another department may not have access to the most current information. Be sure that everyone has access to training resources and a designated contact to go to for questions so that employee confidence is strong.  

Can I Recognize Unusual Activity?

Keeping activity logs and storing periodic records of all the operations and transactions carried out on a system can provide you with vital information. These logs can be filtered, analyzed, and audited for review. Careful examination of user and activity logs gives you an overall view of the ERP’s usage at any given time. By taking note of typical operations and transactions, you can identify unusual activity. An ERP solution with intelligent analytics can track behavioral patterns, flag deviations, and constantly monitor key security indicators such as user traffic, data volume, and general system health. These assessments help identify and rectify discrepancies before they become problems.

Is Technology Part of My Growth Strategy?

Businesses experiencing growth and adding more devices to their ERP system should be aware of their technology needs. A growth strategy plan should include updates to desktops, tablets, and mobile devices. Many businesses rely on data to run day-to-day functions. Ensure that your ERP system is adequate for your needs as the business expands. These plans should budget for security increases that come with changing customer needs. Failing to keep software in line with business growth can mean less effective security. It’s important to review any new and future requirements for your business, particularly if your business continues to expand.

If you have questions about how DRI can help your business implement an on-premises ERP data solution or guide you through ERP data security, call us at 412-562-9660 or email We can help you customize your platform to meet your needs.

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