Salesforce has announced Shield, a set of services that expands the security and compliance toolsets of developers creating apps on the Salesforce1 platform for regulated industries.
Shield adds auditing, encryption, archiving and monitoring services to Salesforce1 to provide an easier way for developers to ensure that cloud apps meet the security, compliance and governance requirements of their organisation and industry.
The Shield services can be navigated through a drag-and-drop interface, rather than requiring app developers to dig around in code, which the firm claimed will speed up the creation of cloud apps.
Tod Nielsen, executive vice president of Salesforce1 Platform, said Shield helps enterprises tap into the cloud even if they are subject to stringent regulations.
"[Companies] in regulated industries have struggled to take full advantage of the cloud due to regulatory and compliance constraints," he said.
"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."
Shield includes three main features to aid compliance in app development: Field Audit Trail, Data Archive and Platform Encryption.
Field Audit Trail enables developers to track data going through their apps to ensure that it is kept up to date and therefore compliant with industry regulations and it can track data changes for up to 10 years.
The service also allows different compliance policies to be assigned to each Salesforce object, and for data to be purged when it is no longer needed.
Data Archive offers a way to store historical data required to be kept for long lengths of time in the Salesfocrce1 platform, bypassing the need to store it elsewhere, and helping to ensure that data is readily available when needed.
Platform Encryption allows developers working on the Salesforce1 platform to encrypt data without affecting the way it is used by other areas of the business. This means that sensitive data can be easily encrypted without requiring specialist hardware or software.
It is no surprise to see Salesforce adding more compliance and regulation tools to Salesforce1, particularly as Andrew Lawson, UK country leader at Salesforce, told V3 recently that Salesforce sees the financial, retail and public sector as key areas for its UK growth.
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