Online file-sharing service Box recently announced Box Trust, a service to help its customers successfully embrace a modern security framework as they move information and collaboration to the cloud. Box Trust will give customers access to Box’s security products, visibility into its various compliance and controls, and the muscle of numerous security and governance technology partners.
The announcement was made in a blog post by Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of the Silicon Valley-based company, which also offers personal cloud content management services. The companies in Box Trust will include Symantec, Palo Alto Networks, Splunk, MobileIron, Airwatch by VMware and others.
Levie said the need for Box Trust became clear as the company began working with larger enterprises, many of which used Box across their businesses. Companies like GE, Toyota, DreamWorks and Procter & Gamble have been enabling content collaboration in the cloud and on mobile devices, but only after a thorough evaluation of the security framework supporting such a transition.
"Businesses can’t simply move tens of thousands of employees and hundreds of terabytes of data to the cloud and then think about all the security implications later," Levie said.
Following the Cloud
More businesses are moving from on-premise computing to the cloud, from desktops to mobile devices, and from collaboration between coworkers to sharing with a global network of partners, customers and vendors. Box said it is recognizing that the information being shared has to be able to move between people, devices and applications at previously unheard-of levels, creating big challenges regarding the security and management of enterprise data.
Levie claimed that virtually no security model or architecture from the days of client/server technology has worked in the long term -- and that security services including identity management, access management, data loss prevention, intrusion detection, security information and event management are being rethought and re-architected to fit that paradigm.
"Because Box is the platform that powers the information that touches every part of an enterprise’s business and beyond, our customers often look to us to tell them how what services will help them best secure and protect their data," Levie said.
Jostling for Space
Levie said Box has invested in new security and management capabilities, including information rights management and enterprise mobility management to go with its partnerships, which number 19 companies so far.
Box and fellow cloud storage provider Dropbox are jostling for space in the corporate data security sector. Earlier this month Dropbox said it would be releasing a new API intended to let large corporate clients tie third-party security tools into Dropbox's cloud storage.
Dropbox, which claims more than 300 million users, has a strong hold on the market among consumers. But it has trailed Box in going after large enterprise customers. Also, both companies face competition from cheaper cloud storage services from Google and Microsoft.