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We are currently integrated with the core platform through marketing cloud connect and we are using salesforce data as an entry source in most of our journeys.

My question is, if we were to go with Shield, will we be able to read into the shield encrypted fields through SF entry data in Journey builder?

I did a POC with classic encryption and found that if I want to continue using salesforce data as an entry source, there is no way for me to be able to read into the encryption fields

  • Do you have any encryption method (see Jacksons answer) enabled in SFMC? Technically it wouldn't make a lot of sense to encrypt in core and not in SFMC, though. – Stephan de Paly May 2 at 16:17
  • I do not. We are trying to keep MC as a "secret" free platform to prevent us from implementing FLE which will reduce MC's functionality – Daniel Chen May 3 at 3:53
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You'll need to enable Encrypted Data Sending (EDS) permissions in Marketing Cloud to identify encrypted fields from Sales or Service Cloud, using Classic or Platform Encryption. Marketing Cloud supports:

  • Classic Encryption
  • Shield Platform Encryption
  • Field-Level Encryption

Also if you are enabling Field Level Encryption (FLE) on the Marketing Cloud side, Shield and FLE are compatible and Journey Builder does not support Platform Encryption but you can still use Sales/Service cloud data as entry events:

Journey Builder Events do not support Platform Encryption. The Marketing Cloud does not re-encrypt data imported via events. Journey Builder lets you create an entry event to power a journey based on Sales and Service Cloud data. Journey Builder then creates associated data extensions as it creates the entry events. The Marketing Cloud does not encrypt data taken from the Sales and Service Clouds as part of these entry events currently. You can use Journey Builder with Field-Level Encryption and implement Synchronized Data Extensions instead of data imports to maintain encryption.

There is also Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) on the Marketing Cloud side, but that happens on the backend.

Lastly, here is a relevant question on the Implications of Enabling FLE.

  • Thanks Jackson! Looks like FLE is somewhat the way to go. – Daniel Chen May 3 at 3:54

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