- Wednesday, SAP announced the appointment of its first chief security officer to help execute its security strategy for products.
- Justin Somaini previously worked as an exectuive at Box, Yahoo and Symantec.
- The announcement came the same day the Ponemon Institute released a survey of 600 tech professionals that criticized SAP's application security.
Somaini joined SAP January 1, but the company did not announce his arrival until Wednesday, the same day the Ponemon Institute released its survey, a connection made by ZDNet.
As a disclaimer, the Ponemon survey was sponsored by a company that provides software to better secure SAP. Of respondents, 56% believed it is likely that they would be hit by a data breach due to insecure SAP apps. Also, 75% of respondents said it is likely that SAP platforms contain malware.
According to the report, CXOs generally do not fully realize the risk in SAP applications and do not always know how to react to them.