Safeguarding your most sensitive data and proactively addressing evolving compliance and industry regulations through the implementation of Salesforce Shield can result in significant cost savings, as highlighted in Salesforce’s 2022 Top Data Security Trends report. Safeguarding with Salesforce Shield.

Salesforce Shield Platform Encryption

Salesforce Shield was originally launched in 2015.

Shield for Encryption

Salesforce Shield allows you to encrypt your Salesforce data with AES 256-bit encryption at the field-level, as well as manage your own encryption keys.

The Tectonic team is thrilled to introduce Salesforce Shield—an advanced encryption solution that ensures trusted data monitoring and expedites the security of cloud applications.

Safeguarding with Salesforce Shield

Salesforce Shield can help you protect your apps. Salesforce Shield is basically a set of security solutions that allows you to incorporate additional layers of trust, compliance, and governance into your mission-critical apps. Shield Platform Encryption, Event Monitoring, and Field Audit Trail are all included.

Shield Platform Encryption also supports person accounts, cases, search, approval processes, and other key Salesforce features. Classic encryption lets you protect only a special type of custom text field, which you create for that purpose.

Shield, a comprehensive suite of capabilities, offers an enhanced level of security beyond Salesforce’s default settings. With Salesforce Shield, you can confidently protect sensitive data within your Salesforce environment and maintain that security over time.

Salesforce Shield provides protection in four key ways:

Blocks Unauthorized or Unlawful Activity:

  • Prevents undesired events in real-time through security rules configured in your Salesforce org using Event Monitoring.

Finds and Classifies Sensitive Data Quickly:

  • Utilizes Data Detect to discover and classify sensitive data with ease and efficiency.

Adds Additional Security to Sensitive Data:

  • Implements encryption at the field level and for files and attachments, extending field history tracking for up to ten years.

Meets Compliance and Industry Regulations:

  • Assures compliance with industry regulations, crucial for organizations handling sensitive data or operating in highly regulated sectors.

Working closely with your company, Tectonic will tailor the configuration of Salesforce Shield to align with your specific requirements.

Salesforce Shield’s capabilities span across all Salesforce “cloud” products, offering comprehensive data risk reduction across critical business areas. It provides additional security features beyond standard Salesforce, which is especially valuable for customers dealing with sensitive data or operating in highly regulated industries.

Unlike whole disk encryption, Salesforce Shield operates at the field level and for files and attachments. It extends field history tracking, supporting up to 60 fields per object, compared to the standard 20 fields per object.

Event Monitoring Analytics, a component of Salesforce Shield, offers reporting on event monitoring through a pre-built dashboard. Events are logged and displayed, allowing users to monitor trends, analyze user behavior, and ensure data security.

Salesforce Shield employs Einstein Data Detect, an automated scanning tool, to identify sensitive data based on predefined patterns, including credit card numbers, emails, social security numbers, URLs, and IP addresses. This tool works seamlessly with platform encryption, indicating which data needs encryption at rest.

Ask Tectonic

For those seeking more information on Salesforce Shield, feel free to reach out to your Tectonic team, Salesforce AE, or consult Salesforce’s guide to Salesforce Shield Implementation.

Does using Salesforce Shield make an organization automatically HIPAA compliant? No, while Salesforce Shield provides additional security features, customers must still configure it correctly and use it with other security measures to meet their HIPAA obligations.

Which user permissions does Shield platform encryption require?

  • Control Manual Sharing for User Records.
  • Control Standard Report Visibility.
  • Require Permission to View Record Names in Lookup Fields.

“While many companies are leveraging the cloud to build apps at the speed of business, those in regulated industries have struggled to take full advantage of the cloud due to regulatory and compliance constraints,” said Tod Nielsen, executive vice president of Salesforce1 Platform, Salesforce. “With Salesforce Shield, we are liberating these IT leaders and developers, and empowering them to quickly build the cloud apps their businesses need, with the trust Salesforce is known for.”

Salesforce Shield, in collaboration with Tectonic, fortifies your enterprise and Salesforce org by safeguarding sensitive data. Tectonic conducts a data classification exercise to identify fields requiring encryption based on regulatory, security, privacy, and compliance requirements. Isn’t it time your business and data benefited from the protection of Salesforce Shield?

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