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AutoRABIT 2023 Predictions: Staying Secure in 2023 With a Smaller Team


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Staying Secure in 2023 With a Smaller Team

By Meredith Bell, CEO, AutoRABIT

No matter where you're located, turbulent social events have negatively impacted the economy. These types of things are more like a huge ship than a car-they take a long time to turn around.

The Salesforce DevOps industry isn't immune to the economic downturn we are currently seeing and will continue to see as we approach the end of the year. 2023 will be defined by the results of current economic trends-downsizing, tightening of budgets, and expecting teams to do more with less.

2022 has seen an increase in high-profile cyberattacks, a trend that is likely to continue. We can expect a heightened need for data security measures in 2023. Those operating in regulated industries need to fortify their defenses in order to remain in compliance. But even companies that don't face direct regulations relating to data handling need to be just as vigilant in their pursuit of data security.

Here are five data security tactics that will be non-negotiable in 2023:

  1. Automate as Much as Possible
  2. Fix Coding Errors Early
  3. Maintain Recent Data Backups
  4. Leverage Low-Code Solutions
  5. Update and Monitor Permissions

1. Automate as Much as Possible

Automated DevOps tools are always a good idea for streamlining processes, but this will become imperative in 2023. Development teams are likely to get smaller, but the expectations and needs of a company will remain the same. So how can you empower your team members to maintain quality output with a smaller team?

CI/CD, static code analysis, and data loaders are examples of automated tools that will optimize your teams' efforts to produce more work faster.

Reducing manual processes frees up your team members to address more pressing tasks, minimizes errors, and maintains consistently high levels of quality in your Salesforce DevOps pipeline.

2. Fix Coding Errors Early

Even the best coders make mistakes. Well-structured updates and applications don't include bugs and errors in their live instances, which make them more secure. Any holes in the code can potentially be exploited by cybercriminals as a back door to your Salesforce environment.

Smaller teams and a heightened need for data security necessitate proper coding structures from the very start of the application development pipeline.

Errors found later in the process become more expensive and time-consuming to fix. It will be essential to streamline your processes in 2023. Static code analysis alerts developers to these errors so they can be fixed immediately.

3. Maintain Recent Data Backups

We can never fully guard against data loss events. Even Salesforce environments that restrict the highest levels of access control still have the potential for accidental deletions, natural disasters, or outages to knock out their systems and lead to the loss of important data.

Data backup and recovery systems are essential aspects of a complete data security plan.

Massive companies like Facebook still experience data breaches. Current backups are critical to maintain functionality and properly protect the sensitive data of users, employees, and others.

4. Leverage Low-Code Solutions

Employee turnover is just a part of business. However, 2023 is likely to see a new influx of developers. This group won't have the experience of professional developers, which will make low-code solutions more useful when approaching new projects.

Low-code DevOps tools streamline every development pipeline, but they will provide even greater results when offered to younger developers.

Low-code tools like a policy manager also open up these powerful tools to admins and other team members who don't have extensive coding knowledge.

5. Update and Monitor Permissions

One of the most common sources of data loss or corruption is simply mistakes by team members. However, this can be prevented with focused attention, and 2023 is the year Salesforce DevOps teams need to lock this down.

Settings such as "modify all data" need to be restricted to only team members who need this level of access to complete their tasks.

Audit your profiles and permission sets to ensure data isn't being overexposed. And while this might seem like a lot of work, there are scanning tools that can check profiles and permission settings.

While 2023 will present a lot of challenges to Salesforce DevOps teams, establishing the necessary infrastructure to properly navigate these challenges with automated tools will determine success.




As CEO of AutoRABIT, the leading DevSecOps platform for Salesforce, Meredith is interested in connecting with other business leaders in the technology space and sharing the insights he has gained over his 30+ year career.  


Published Thursday, October 13, 2022 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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