“SAP Moves to Strengthen Customer Trust in Security Software and Consulting Services”

WALLDORF, Germany, January 24, 2005

SAP Specialists from Consultancies Around the World Including Atos Origin, Deloitte and EDS Certify Their Expertise in Implementing Secure SAP Systems for Customers;

Virus Scan Interface Added to List of More Than 50 Security Software Products Certified for Integration with SAP® Solutions

SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today unveiled two new initiatives to help customers provide for the IT security of their business processes and data systems. SAP is now offering SAP® Consultant Certification for securing SAP systems, a distinction earned thus far by consultants from more than 20 SAP partner companies around the world, including Atos Origin in Europe, Deloitte Singapore and EDS Enterprise Solutions in South Africa. Additionally, SAP has added virus scanning software to its list of more than 50 security software products certified for integration with SAP® solutions.

“When SAP customers choose security consultants or third-party software, one of their first questions is whether the service provider or product integration is SAP certified,” said Sachar Paulus, chief security officer, SAP AG. “SAP makes security an integral part of its software. With our continually expanding certification programs, our customers trust in third-party products and services that complement SAP solutions.”

Certifying the Experts That Secure SAP Implementations
By achieving SAP security certification, consultants can verify their knowledge of applicable security tools and measures within their realms of SAP expertise, choosing from more than 80 tests covering the SAP NetWeaver™ technology platform and SAP's portfolio of business suite, industry-specific and small and midsize business solutions. Available in various languages, each test consists of 80 multiple choice questions on topics ranging from administration of users, roles and authorizations to firewalls, networks and routers. For the Atos Origin program's first movers such as Atos Origin in Europe, boosting customer confidence in their qualifications to apply security knowledge effectively in SAP implementation was a key reason for achieving consultant certification.

“IT security is becoming an increasingly important part of our service portfolio as companies realize the value and necessity of building security into their systems from the very start of each implementation,” said Martin Koistinen, director, Global Security Services, Atos Origin. “SAP Consultant Certification enables us to distinguish ourselves from other local consultancies. SAP's security certification enables our consultants to enrich their security knowledge within the wide scope of SAP security strategies and helps our sales department in their go-to-market strategy to attract new customers.”

Seal of Approval on Virus Scan Software Integration
With the growing use of HTTP protocols in SAP software and the open architecture of the SAP NetWeaver platform, the face of the SAP landscape has changed. As databases are now open for external documents and users log on to corporate systems remotely via the Internet, SAP customers need to fortify protection of their underlying operational systems, which, if brought to crash by a computer virus, might also bring down the SAP system.

Addressing customer demands for trusted solutions to counter this threat, SAP has expanded its certification program to include a scenario for virus scan interfaces. The first virus-scan software provider to obtain the endorsement “SAP® Certified Integration” is Germany-based H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH for its AntiVir® product line. The certified AntiVir Virus Scan Adapter provides SAP system administrators with an integrated security solution to specify what type of documents and executable files are scanned prior to entry into or export from the SAP system.

In the area of security software, SAP has certified interfaces to more than 50 third-party products in seven other scenarios: digital signatures, encryption, and secure store and forward; directory services; external authentication; risk management; secure network communications; system audits; and user management.

Further information on SAP® Consultant Certification
SAP offers certifications for solution, technology and development consultants. For more information, please visit http://www.sap.com/services/education/certification. From this Web page, more information on SAP Consultant Certification, Technology Consultant SAP NetWeaver - SAP Security (2004), can be found via the path: “Technical Consultant Certification” / “SAP NetWeaver - SAP Security (2004).”

Further information on SAP® Certified Integration
More than 800 software providers have earned the tagline “SAP® Certified Integration” for various product integrations. Launched in 1996, SAP's integration certification program enables independent software vendors and SAP software partners to draw on the assistance of SAP's Integration and Certification Centers (ICCs) to find the most suitable integration scenario for their products and have their interface software tested and certified. Vendors can leverage the professional help of three long-established ICCs as well as the broad set of interfaces SAP provides to enable the integration with SAP® solutions and the SAP NetWeaver™ platform. Interested vendors can register their products for SAP certification by visiting www.sap.com/partners/apply. For vendors interested in more information on SAP certification, please visit http://www.sdn.sap.com/sdn/icc.sdn or contact the nearest Integration and Certification center at icc@sap.com (Europe, Middle East, Africa); icc-americas@sap.com (Americas); or icc-apa@sap.com (Asia-Pacific).

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