Secure network communications and secure store & forward mechanisms within the SAP R/3 system

  • Bernhard Esslinger
  • Jürgen Schneider
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1318)


Information security and data protection is gaining more and more importance with business software such as R/3 because:
  • • Business applications become “mission-critical” if companies carry out their most important business processes with them.

  • • Programs and data are subject to a greater danger of loss, change and espionage in client/server environments than in mainframe based systems.

  • • The danger increases even more as the systems become interconnected with publicly accessible LANs and WANs.

R/3 processes highly sensitive data (for example, company-internal and person-related information). Therefore a number of security mechanisms are already active in R/3 since the beginning:
  • • authentication of all users by means of passwords,

  • • R/3 authorization concept, and

  • • protection of the communication between front-end and application server by compression.

Now SAP enhances the security of R/3 by
  • • Securing online network communications (the SNC Project) and by

  • • Implementing secure store&forward mechanisms for electronic payment (the SSF Project).


Financial Transaction Electronic Data Interchange Electronic Payment Secure Store Payment Data 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernhard Esslinger
    • 1
  • Jürgen Schneider
    • 1
  1. 1.SAP-AGGermany

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