Box beefs up security and IT controls

Box has added data loss prevention and two-step log-in verification to its cloud file-sharing and storage service

Box announced on Tuesday a set of new and improved enterprise security and IT management features for its cloud-based file sharing and storage service.

The enhancements focus on areas including data loss prevention (DLP), e-discovery and user authentication. "We continue to commit to security as a critical part of our system," said Whitney Bouck, general manager of Box's enterprise division.

A new API (application programming interface) will allow IT administrators to link Box's usage data with third-party business intelligence (BI) products, letting admins monitor and analyze Box user activity within their broader BI platform. Box has also created a custom integration for this purpose with GoodData, a provider of cloud-based enterprise BI software.

In addition, Box has partnered with Proofpoint, which makes a cloud-based DLP system that lets IT administrators establish policies and controls for the movement and distribution of corporate content. In Box's case, the Proofpoint integration will monitor the uploading of files to Box folders and notify IT administrators when it detects unauthorized actions.

Box is also introducing two-step log-in verification natively into its service, so that IT administrators can beef up this process at the end user level by requiring users to enter a second credential as part of their sign-in process, in addition to their password. This is usually a temporary code sent to the user's mobile device. Until now, Box customers had been able to establish multi-factor authentication only through the use of third-party systems.

Finally, Box has revamped the search functionality in its IT administrator's console, making it more granular so that they can perform e-discovery tasks more quickly and effectively, according to the company.

The two-step log-in verification feature will be available this week, while the API for integrating with third-party BI systems is already available. The Proofpoint integration is due in the first quarter of next year. The improved search capabilities for IT administrators are available in beta mode, and companies interested in trying it out can contact Box to gain access to the test.

Box is used by 125,000 companies, including 92 percent of the Fortune 500.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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