SAN FRANCISCO: Box has unveiled updates to the platform's security and legal features to keep pace with the needs of its ever-expanding customer base.
The updates were unveiled at the BoxWorks 2015 event by Whitney Bouck, general manager for Box.
The first is the introduction of Legal holds. This refers to the fact that organisations have to lock down documents relevant to a lawsuit so they can’t be deleted, edited or otherwise changed when a case is brought.
Bouck explained that the company is introducing this in response to customer feedback. “Legal holds in Box is an oft-requested feature from the legal departments of our customers so they can ensure that any information that is put in Box can be put on legal hold should the need arise,” she said.
“It allows them to specify which users and files are related to a case and put a hold on those so they can’t be deleted. Any content a named individual touches, modifies or creates in the future will also be covered by this.”
The Legal holds feature will be released in 2016.
Meanwhile, Box announced a number of services coming to the Box platform that should appeal to security-conscious businesses.
The first is Device Trust, a tool that monitors the security parameters in place on a third-party's machine when a document is shared with them. It will withhold the document if the required security settings are not met, as defined by the person sharing the document.
For example, a person sharing a document can put requirements in place for anyone accessing that document to have a firewall turned on or encryption in place. If these are not met, Box will not display the document.
The second is Watermarking. This can be enabled to display the email address of the person accessing a document, and the date and time it is being accessed.
Box explained that this will reduce the risk of information being leaked by email, print, photocopy or even via photos taken of the screen displaying the information as the leak can always be traced.
Device Trust and Watermarking will be released before the end of the year
Finally, Box announced that it is evolving its Enterprise Key Management (EKM) service so that the encryption keys in use can be stored and accessed in the cloud, rather than requiring a hardware security module.
“EKM will work with Amazon Web Services' Key Management Service to make key management more affordable and available to companies of all sizes, and we think this will be a very popular choice for customers,” said Bouck.
No specific launch date for this product was given, but Bouck said that it will be "soon".
Earlier at the conference Box revealed that its platform will now support new files types covering HD Video, medical files and 3D images, as well as plans for the future to let customer choose to run Box from other firm's cloud, starting with IBM SoftLayer.
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