Dropbox for Business has been awarded ISO 27018 cloud security certification by EY CertifyPoint, marking the latest step in the company's bid to allay customer fears about privacy and data protection.
The certification makes Dropbox one of a select few cloud service providers to meet ISO 27018 standards. Microsoft's Azure platform was one of the first to receive the accreditation in February.
ISO 27018 was published by the International Organisation for Standardisation as a new component of the ISO 27001 standard in July 2014 and offers a variety of assurances for cloud service users.
"ISO 27018 specifies guidelines based on ISO/IEC 27002, taking into consideration the regulatory requirements for the protection of personally identifiable information (PII) which might be applicable within the context of the information security risk environment(s) of a provider of public cloud services," read the ISO description.
"[It] is applicable to all types and sizes of organisations, including public and private companies, government entities, and not-for-profit organisations, which provide information processing services as PII processors via cloud computing under contract to other organisations."
The guidelines relate to how Dropbox for Business controls customer data and where it resides on servers, and will see the cloud service provider go through annual audits by an independent third party to ensure that it continues to meet ISO 27018 standards.
The news follows widespread concerns about cloud security and privacy and attacks on numerous firms' handling of PII.
The Belgian Privacy Commission attacked Facebook earlier this month, claiming that the firm knowingly breaks EU privacy laws with its data collection practices.
The Dropbox certification follows efforts to allay customer concerns, and the company has rolled out several security upgrades in recent months.
Dropbox launched a bug bounty programme in April to encourage security researchers to pick holes in its products and help improve the platform's security.
Despite Dropbox's efforts, hackers have attempted to use its platform for nefarious purposes. Dropbox was forced to take action in April against a group of hackers using its cloud services to store and spread the Bartalex macro malware.
Dropbox is one of many cloud storage providers pushing its security credentials. Box released a security focused Developer Edition of its platform on 23 April designed to help app makers create and distribute enterprise-ready products faster.
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