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Question: Does anyone know how to encrypt SAP ERP HCM data?

by Margaret Hein

March 30, 2012

I recently got this question sent to me by an HR Expert subscriber:

"Our VP is asking if there is any way to encrypt the Social Security and bank account number fields in HCM and ECC?

I have found several ways to restrict viewing of the fields by hiding the fields for certain users. I've found information about how to restrict information in the headers, but nothing about encryption or masking. My searches for an SAP note on the subject came up empty.

Do you know if SAP provides any kind of masking or encrypting capabilities? Do you have any information about how to encrypt HCM data?"

If anyone has an answer to this question, or any information that might be helpful, please post it.

Thanks so much!

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Kir Chern Loh

9/25/2013 9:01:54 PM


You can look at SAP Note 1059333 to get a feel on the possibility of data encryption. Alternatively, you may consider Transparent Data Encryption to encrypt data at the database level. See SAP Note 974876.

Kir Chern

Judy Feldmeier

9/25/2013 9:01:54 PM

We are currently looking at potentially masking SSN and bank information at our company in SAP. You mentioned you were able to "restrict viewing of the fields by hiding the fields for certain users." How where you able to do this?

"I've found information about how to restrict information in the headers" Is it possible to share what information was found and where to locate it? We want to be able to restrict to certain users and eventually mask information if we need to.

Thank you very much.

Kristine Erickson

9/25/2013 9:01:53 PM

Thanks, Jarret, for your comment.
To anyone interested: You can also get more info about this ASUG initiative - posted in response to this subscriber's question - here:
Kristine (Editor, Insider Learning Network)

Jarret Pazahanick

9/25/2013 9:01:53 PM

The ASUG Influence Council is currently looking in data privacy. Their plan is to work with SAP and have them deliver a solution for the encryption and masking for sensitive data, including Bank account, social security (SSN) and date of birth of birth. If they are going to Sapphire there is a meeting on May 15th at 11-12am and if not I would recommend they talk with SherryAnne Meyer to get more involved with the ASUG influence council.