SSO & 2FA
SAML Single Sign-on (SSO) allows you to authenticate users in your own systems without requiring them to enter additional login credentials. If you’re using password-based authentication, you can turn on 2-factor authentication (2FA). More details on our docs.
We enable permission levels within the app to be set for your teammates. Permissions can be set to include app settings, billing, user data or the ability to send or edit messages.
Password and Credential Storage
Intercom enforces a password complexity standard and credentials are stored using a PBKDF function (bcrypt).
We have uptime of 99.9% or higher. You can check our past month stats at https://www.intercomstatus.com.
Customer Best Practices
There are simple steps you can take to increase the security of your app. Check out the Staying Secure section on our docs site.
Network and application security
Regional Data Hosting and Storage
Intercom services and data are hosted in Amazon Web Services (AWS) facilities in the USA (us-east-1), Dublin, Ireland (eu-west-1), and Sydney, Australia
Failover and DR
Intercom was built with disaster recovery in mind. All of our infrastructure and data are spread across 3 AWS availability zones and will continue to work should any one of those data centers fail.
Virtual Private Cloud
All of our servers are within our own virtual private cloud (VPC) with network access control lists (ACLs) that prevent unauthorized requests getting to our internal network.
Back Ups and Monitoring
On an application level, we produce audit logs for all activity, ship logs to Graylog for analysis and use S3 for archival purposes. All actions taken on production consoles or in the Intercom application are logged.
Permissions and Authentication
Access to customer data is limited to authorized employees who require it for their job. Intercom is served 100% over https. Intercom runs a zero-trust corporate network. There are no corporate resources or additional privileges from being on Intercom’s network. We have SAML Single Sign-on (SSO), 2-factor authentication (2FA), and strong password policies on GitHub, Google, AWS, and Intercom to ensure access to cloud services is protected.
All data sent to or from Intercom is encrypted in transit using 256 bit encryption. Our API and application endpoints are TLS/SSL only and score an “A+” rating on Qualys SSL Labs‘ tests. This means we only use strong cipher suites and have features such as HSTS and Perfect Forward Secrecy fully enabled. We also encrypt data at rest using an industry-standard AES-256 encryption algorithm.
Pentests, Vulnerability Scanning and Bug Bounty Program
Intercom uses third party security tools to continuously scan for vulnerabilities. Our dedicated security team responds to issues raised. Twice yearly we engage third-party security experts to perform detailed penetration tests on the Intercom application and infrastructure. Intercom also runs a ‘bug bounty’ program with Bugcrowd, which gives security researchers a platform for testing and submitting vulnerability reports.
Intercom implements a protocol for handling security events which includes escalation procedures, rapid mitigation and post mortem. All employees are informed of our policies.
Additional Security features
All employees complete Security and Awareness training annually.
Intercom has developed a comprehensive set of security policies covering a range of topics. These policies are updated frequently and shared with all employees.
Intercom performs background checks on all new employees in accordance with local laws. The background check includes employment verification and criminal checks for US employees.
All employee contracts include a confidentiality agreement.
All payments made to Intercom go through our partner, Stripe. Details about their security setup and PCI compliance can be found at Stripe’s security page.