What are the 6 Security Changes? Oracle EBS VS. Cloud ERP.

Thu 25 May 2023 posted by Project Partners


Oracle EBS has long relied on a responsibility-based security model, which determines security based on organization, role, and individual functions. However, Oracle Cloud ERP introduces a transformative shift to a role-based security model. This innovative approach leverages a hierarchical structure to ensure proper segregation of duties and provides a more flexible, robust, and potentially complex security solution. Understanding these security changes is essential to plan and execute a migration to Oracle Cloud ERP effectively.

NOTE: This document discusses overall security and access to Oracle EBS vs. Oracle Cloud ERP.  This is not to be confused with the team member role-based security functionality offered in the Oracle EBS Project Suite.

Fundamental Security Changes

1. Role-Based Security Model

In Oracle EBS, security was primarily driven by responsibilities assigned to users, which determined their access to specific functions within the system. In contrast, Oracle Cloud ERP implements a role-based security model. Roles are defined based on job functions and responsibilities within the organization, and users are assigned these roles to determine their access privileges. This hierarchical approach ensures proper segregation of duties and enables organizations to align security with their specific business processes.

2. Hierarchical Role Structure

Oracle Cloud ERP introduces a hierarchical structure to manage roles. Roles can be organized hierarchically, allowing for the creation of parent and child roles. The hierarchy establishes a logical relationship between roles, enabling the inheritance of permissions and access rights. This approach provides greater flexibility and simplifies role management, especially in complex organizational structures.

3. Duty Roles and Job Roles

Oracle Cloud ERP introduces the concept of duty roles and job roles. Duty roles define specific functional tasks or duties within the application, such as creating purchase orders or processing invoices. On the other hand, job roles aggregate multiple duty roles based on the responsibilities of an individual job position. By combining duty roles into job roles, organizations can accurately map user access and ensure that individuals have appropriate permissions to perform their assigned tasks.

4. Enhanced Data Security

Oracle Cloud ERP provides greater data access control by introducing security policies. Organizations can define and enforce data access controls at various levels, such as by business unit, legal entity, or ledger. This allows for fine-grained access management and ensures that sensitive information is accessible only to authorized users.

5. Advanced Security Configuration

Oracle Cloud ERP provides additional security configuration options, such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and Single Sign-On (SSO) capabilities. These features enhance the overall security posture of the system and provide additional layers of protection against unauthorized access.

6. Continuous Updates and Patches

With Oracle Cloud ERP, security updates, patches, and enhancements are regularly released by Oracle. This ensures the system stays updated with the latest security measures and protects against emerging threats. Organizations migrating to Oracle Cloud ERP can benefit from the continuous improvement and proactive security maintenance provided by Oracle.

By understanding these security changes, organizations can effectively plan and implement a migration from Oracle EBS to Oracle Cloud ERP while ensuring a robust and modern security framework is in place. To ensure success, it is essential to thoroughly analyze and map existing security configurations in EBS to the new role-based security model in Oracle Cloud ERP to maintain appropriate access controls and protect sensitive data. Project Partners can work with your team to assess how your current security protocols align with Cloud ERP.