Online collaboration and storage firm Box has announced a suite of new security features for its service including a two-step login verification process.
Box announced the updates on Tuesday, claiming the new security controls in the services would give IT departments the confidence to let staff use the system as they wish.
Chief among the updates is the ability for firms to instigate two-step login verification systems as a native offering to the platform, requiring a second code sent to a user's mobile as well as standard login details.
This was available before but only as an additional add-on from firms such as VMWare or Intel. This will be rolled out during the week to existing customers.
Two-factor authentication systems are seen as a major requirement for many customers, with an issue that affected Dropbox in August blamed on a failure to use this process, an oversight the firm has since recitified.
The second major announcement Box announced was a partnership with Proofpoint to offer increased security and compliance controls.
This will see the Proofpoint tool scan files being uploaded to the Box platform and if any issues are found, either against policy or security controls, an administrator will be notified to halt the upload. This will be rolled out in the first quarter of 2013.
In a similar vein, a new reporting API has been designed to inform security staff of any unusual activity patterns in the number of upload or the size of uploads taking place outside of normal parameters.
Whitney Bouck, general manager of enterprise at Box, said the updates were designed to meet the numerous issues IT staff are having with trying to reconcile giving staff the ability to work productively while ensuring security policies are enforced in the business.
"Businesses today need to work fast, collaborating across teams, organisations, companies and countries - the ability to securely share, manage and access content in the cloud can be the difference between winning and losing," she said.
"With these new security and management features Box continues to sweat the small stuff, helping IT ensure enterprise-grade security in the cloud, while making it easier than ever for people to get work."
A final update to the tool sees an improved search function added to the services, designed to help admins find information quickly and easily to check the files that are being uploaded and the data stored within them, by numerous criteria including type, date range, size and context.
This is available now under beta on the Box admin console programme before full available in the future.
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