MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) is a rising security protocol becoming more and more prevalent in the digital landscape. Salesforce recently announced that moving forward, they will be requiring MFA for all users across all accounts. Now, if you don’t know what that entails, hearing that can be a bit overwhelming. What exactly does that mean? How can I prepare my business for a big security change? Well, that’s why SalesLabX is here, friend. To cut to the heart of it, and make sure we’re all on the same page!

Here’s the thing about digital security: As technology evolves, the security has to as well. Any time an update is made, or a change is implemented, it undoes something that was solid before, or it creates a new hole. Cyberattacks are on the rise, and as a result, measures need to be taken to ensure your security. Sure, it can be frustrating, but unfortunately, such frustrations are unavoidable. Things change, and we have to change with it. Many online services at least *offer* MFA, so you’ve more than likely encountered it and/or used it at some point in your recent history. Let’s look at the specifics of the Salesforce implementation and how it’ll affect you going forward.

All Accounts, All Users, All The Time

This change is affecting everyone on the Salesforce platform. It’s not something you can opt in or out of. It’s being implemented for every account and user going forward.

To many, this might seem a bit drastic, but every unsecured account is a potential security risk. With things like phishing, account snuffing, and other cyberattacks on the rise, it’s imperative that you and your organization do everything possible to protect yourselves. So yes, this is a change that will impact everyone, but it’s necessary to protect you.

Two, Four, Six, Eight! How Can We Authenticate?

There are various methods of authentication that MFA could refer to, but some of those aren’t secure enough to be trusted in this Salesforce update.

Things like one-time codes being sent by text, email, or phone can be vulnerable to things like interception and spoofing, so they’re a no-go. Same goes for security questions, and using trusted networks and devices. Yes, they offer some modicum of security, but they can still be breached with a little effort.

So what does work? Well, the official Salesforce Authenticator mobile app (available on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store), Time-based one-time passcode (TOTP) authenticator apps, like Google Authenticator™, Microsoft Authenticator™, or Authy™, Security keys that support WebAuthn or U2F, such as Yubico’s YubiKey™ or Google’s Titan™ Security Key, and Built-in authenticators, such as Touch ID®, Face ID®, or Windows Hello™. All of these will be compliant with the new MFA, so be sure to review the options and figure out which one works best for your organization and your team.

When Is This Happening? What do I do!?

The Salesforce MFA requirement is going to snap into action on February 1st, 2022.

It’s coming up quick! If you’re a Salesforce admin, that means that the responsibility for getting everything ready is pretty much going to fall on your shoulders. You’ll be deciding which authentication method is going to work best for your org, implementing that method, and communicating to your partners and clients the changes going forward. It seems as daunting as untangling a Slinky. Rest assured, it can be done. Try not to look at it as a whole, and instead, break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. You’ve got this!

…buuuuut, if this is looking and feeling like a lot–and maybe you have a lot of other projects you’re currently working on that require more of your attention–then maybe we can help! With our Professional and Enterprise plans, we here at SalesLabX can take all those compliance tasks, and make them easy for you. We can also do WAY more than that in terms of automating your organization and making your day-to-day run a lot smoother and easier. If you’d like to know how, you should reach out for a demo! We’d be happy to explain the myriad of services we offer, and get to know you and your organization a little better.

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