Box Beefs Up Security With Box Trust Partner Network And EMM App

Box has made moves to secure its cloud platform through the creation of ‘Box Trust’, a network of security vendors, and ‘Box for EMM’, a mobile application for iOS and Android.

The Box Trust ‘ecosystem’ comprises 19 vendors, including new recruits Symantec, Splunk, Palo Alto Networks and OpenDNS, who join existing partners like HP, MobileIron and Netskope.

These partners will be able to offer a unified marketplace for Box customers, who will be able to procure services that cover “every aspect” of the security spectrum.

Partner ecosystem

“We are excited to be a founding partner in the Box Trust security initiative to bring our Data Loss Prevention (DLP) technology to Box customers,” said Chandra Rangan, vice president, product marketing, Symantec. “With data in the cloud quickly becoming ubiquitous, we share a common mission and responsibility to make access, sharing and collaboration within and across organizations safe and secure.”

But cloud services like Box enabling an increasingly mobile workforce, there is a need to secure mobile devices as well. Box for EMM protects content and applications on smartphones and tablets and integrates EMM platforms like AirWatch, Dell and Maas360.

Customers can mix and match EMM services according to their needs, with the ability to restrict data transfer between managed applications and remotely wipe application data if the device is lost or stolen.

Box says the two initiatives will allow customers to safely collaborate and share content without sacrificing the user experience and has worked with a number of major customers, including GE, Toyota and Schneider Electric, to create a security framework that can achieve both these goals.

Security focus

“The security landscape has undergone a massive transformation as enterprises move their content from legacy, on-premise solutions to the cloud,” explained Box CEO Aaron Levie. “This rapid transition has introduced many benefits, including mobile productivity, simplified collaboration and efficient communication, but also new challenges around managing and securing information in a perimeterless business environment.

“We’re building a security model with a thriving ecosystem of partners to provide all new tools and services that secure content in the enterprise.”

Security has been a major issue for enterprises debating whether to migrate to the cloud and Box has been keen to dispel such fears. At the company’s Boxworks event in September, it introduced a number of security and management features, including new file retention and quarantine policies, trusted viewer options and information rights management, to give customers better control over their data.

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Steve McCaskill

Steve McCaskill is editor of TechWeekEurope and ChannelBiz. He joined as a reporter in 2011 and covers all areas of IT, with a particular interest in telecommunications, mobile and networking, along with sports technology.

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