4 Security Mistakes to avoid in salesforce
76% of IT security pioneers say they’ve encountered a data breach in at least one of their business systems. Obviously, it’s essential to know proper security practices in order to protect your Salesforce Org and data from security threats. While the platform is secure on its own, With Salesforce Shield and pre-existing tools like the Security Health Check and Einstein Data Check, you’ll require your own arrangement in place to cover everything that these native tools don’t.
To begin you on the right foot, we’re taking a look at a few common mistakes that put Salesforce, and the sensitive information it contains, in danger.
Giving Everyone Admin Access
The System Administrator profile in Salesforce has access to edit the whole configuration of your Org. The Admin profile has over 100 specific permissions, giving users the ability to modify objects and fields, access third-party integrations, export data, and much more. The more individuals you have with such broad privileges, the more risk you are bringing into your Org.
Tip: Use Strong Point to immediately identify all users with the Admin profile, as well as ‘Phantom Admins’ who’ve been granted ‘Modify All’ privileges via a permission set.
Not Classifying Your Data
To appropriately secure sensitive data, you need to know where it is and who owns it. Salesforce stores a great amount of data, and lots of various types of data. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions for keeping data secure. That’s where data classification comes into the picture. Data classification allows you to identify and classify data based on risk, and build effective, appropriate policies and controls for securing it.
Salesforce’s native data classification tool lets you classify data based on consistency, usage, owner and sensitivity. Taking the time to assign an owner, and a sensitivity level to various fields in your Org will give you a wider overview of where resources should be deployed, and what controls should be carried out.
With the rise of cloud-based applications and the many applications organisations use, APIs are being utilised like never before to interface start to finish processes and to move information, ordinarily through third-party integrations. While this kind of adaptability is incredible, it’s difficult to tell what’s happening behind the scenes – without appropriate framework incorporations, unapproved clients can undoubtedly seize your framework or open up your Salesforce Org to obscure and insecure systems
In a bustling Org with broad customization – and, frequently, numerous specialists designing the framework – API security gaps are more normal than you might suspect. There are numerous ways of shutting these gaps, yet the least difficult is to ensure any information going through an API is encrypted.
Doing Without an Official Security Program and Owner
You can’t manage security in Salesforce until and unless you have appropriate resources dedicated to it. Many times, there is a tendency to make decisions based on an ad-hoc basis, defaulting security ownership to individual groups.
The risk of this is obvious — things can easily be missed, and responsibility for key decisions can be kicked later. Instead, implement a formal security review team to own the responsibility. With a group dedicated to reviewing and identifying threats on various projects, you’ll make sure that nothing has fallen through the cracks. What’s more, this team can help your entire organisation cultivate knowledge and skills that will make it easier to address problems that emerge.