6 ways your Salesforce System could be helping you with compliance

The world’s leading CRM offers several features and functionalities to support compliance with various regulations and standards. Here’s how Salesforce can assist companies in maintaining compliance.

Data Security and Privacy

Salesforce provides robust security measures to protect customer data. It employs industry-standard encryption, access controls, and monitoring to ensure data integrity and confidentiality. Salesforce also offers compliance with various privacy regulations, such as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), by providing tools and features to manage data subject rights, permissions, consent, and data retention policies.

Audit Trail and Data Governance

The system intuitively maintains an audit trail that logs user activity, system changes, and data access. This helps in tracking and monitoring data modifications, ensuring accountability, and supporting compliance audits. Additionally, Salesforce allows companies to define data governance policies, including data classification, access controls, and data sharing rules, to maintain data integrity and compliance with internal policies and external regulations.

Regulatory Compliance Solutions

Users can take advantage of industry-specific compliance solutions to address regulatory requirements. For example, in the healthcare sector, Salesforce Health Cloud provides HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliance features. Similarly, in the financial industry, Salesforce Financial Services Cloud supports compliance with regulations like FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and MiFID II (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II). These solutions provide pre-configured features and workflows designed to help companies meet regulatory obligations.

Compliance Dashboards and Reporting

One of the platform’s most valuable features enables companies to generate compliance reports and dashboards to monitor and demonstrate adherence to regulatory requirements. These reports provide visibility into data access, user activity, and system changes, helping companies identify any potential compliance issues and take corrective actions. Compliance dashboards provide real-time insights into compliance metrics and key performance indicators, facilitating proactive compliance management.

Integration with Compliance Tools

Salesforce can easily integrate with third-party compliance tools and services to enhance compliance management. Companies can connect their Salesforce instance with tools such as compliance monitoring systems, risk assessment platforms, or data loss prevention solutions to further strengthen their compliance efforts. This integration allows for centralised monitoring and management of compliance activities across multiple systems.

Training and Certification

There are a variety of resources and training materials available to educate administrators, developers, and users on compliance best practices offered by Salesforce and its partners. There are certifications, such as the Salesforce Certified Administrator or Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder, that cover compliance-related topics and demonstrate proficiency in implementing and maintaining compliant Salesforce solutions. These can be pursued with the help of Trailhead, Salesforce’s free learning platform. You can also address the vast partner network if seeking a more custom, in depth training package for your team.

It’s important to note that while Salesforce provides tools and features to support compliance, ultimate responsibility for compliance lies with the companies themselves. Organisations should assess their specific compliance requirements, implement appropriate configurations and controls within Salesforce, and regularly review and update their compliance processes to ensure ongoing adherence to regulations and standards.

To find out more about how Salesforce can assist your organisation and make your compliance water tight, give us a call on 0117 230 2390 or email us at hello@performa-it.co.uk.