Achieve Consistency for Release Quality, Security, and Compliance with CodeScan Shield

By Prashanth Samudrala

Multi-developer teams are better equipped to quickly produce applications and updates compared to the efforts of a single developer. These teams can often be spread across various geographic locations and time zones. While this may allow a company to hire the most talented developers, it makes it much more difficult to release consistent updates and applications.

Internal rules and procedures can be put in place to ensure quality and security standards are being met. These rules and settings are combined into broader categories – what we know as policies and permission sets. However, establishing a policy is only the first step. Team members need to actually adhere to the rules.

The strength of your code is dependent on your developers properly testing and fixing every bug. This isn’t going to happen if bugs and errors slip through the cracks and into production. 

We’ve discussed the need for static code analysis in the past. Strong code simply isn’t an option. But what can you do about how your team interacts with your Salesforce environment?

Why Do I Need to Guarantee Policies Are Being Met?

Salesforce comes with built-in rules to help you accomplish your quality and security goals. However, the moment you start introducing customizations to your environment, these predefined rules become insufficient.

Managed packages and other add-ons increase functionality within your environment, but they also lead to an increasingly unmanageable influx of metadata, rules, and permission sets.

Failing to adhere to your own rules can have drastic impacts, including:

  • Hidden data security vulnerabilities
  • Data loss events
  • Buggy releases
  • Falling out of compliance with data security regulations
  • Incredibly costly fines and penalties

Unfortunately, it’s common for companies to fail to meet their own rules and policies. Static code analysis is available to scan for bugs and errors on the development side of things, but how can admins verify their policies are being met across their entire team?

How Do I Meet Salesforce Policies While Maintaining Code Quality?

Manually overseeing the adherence to internal rules simply isn’t reasonable, as there are too many factors to track. Automation is utilized in just about every stage of the DevSecOps pipeline – why not employ automation in the supervision of Salesforce policies?

CodeScan Shield is a new automated tool that can be used to verify the proper adherence to internal rules within your Salesforce environment, while also verifying code quality from the moment it’s written. The two modules of CodeScan Shield protect your environment in different ways:

  1. CodeScan is a static code analysis tool that enables Salesforce developers to fix errors the moment they are introduced into the code repository, supporting quality releases and a successful data security strategy.
  2. OrgScan helps users to better understand their Salesforce orgs, set the standards, and analyze their strategy for enforcing those standards.

Extended metadata rules address profiles, permission sets, user settings, session settings, and flow.

Those in a regulated industry know how thorough you need to be to remain in compliance. OrgScan can be set to check for compliance standards with 100% accuracy, so you are sure to remain well within the specified guidelines. CodeScan guarantees high code quality, shoring up potential data security vulnerabilities long before they can be exploited.

The value of total consistency within internal standards and policies cannot be overstated. The recent increase in data security threats means companies can’t afford to leave anything on the table. CodeScan Shield provides the capabilities you need to produce secure, reliable, and compliant updates and applications every time.

Schedule a demo today to learn more about CodeScan Shield.

CodeScan Shield at Dreamforce ’22!

The team from AutoRABIT spread the word about the CodeScan Shield launch last month at Dreamforce ’22. We hosted two breakout sessions: a discussion on the future of DevSecOps and a Q&A session with our friends at Provar

We had an amazing time meeting everyone in the DevOps industry, talking shop, and answering questions about our newest offering. We’re excited to see what the next year brings and catch up with everyone at Dreamforce ’23!

The Author

Prashanth Samudrala

Prashanth is a former Salesforce Developer and architect now leading, Product management for AutoRABIT's DevSecOps Products.

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