Box is looking to boost the security of its cloud services with the release of KeySafe, a set of tools designed to give users control over encryption keys.
KeySafe is intended to appeal to business users in heavily regulated sectors such as healthcare or financial services, who need more control over the security of files stored in the cloud.
Box founder Aaron Levie said KeySafe will make customer-managed encryption a simple and cost-effective process, claiming it will be “further raising the bar for security in the cloud”.
KeySafe will be offered in two versions: the first, which is available today, is the Box Enterprise Key Management tool that sits on top of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and uses a dedicated hardware storage module provided by the cloud platform to store encrypted data.
The second offering is a purely software version that works with the AWS Key Management Service, allowing users to control encryption keys without requiring dedicated hardware modules. It will be made available to Box customers in March.
According to Box, KeySafe will give users the ability to have fully independent control over encryption keys and full control over usage policies and audit logs, while maintaining the ease of use that customers have come to expect.
Data protection in cloud services that sit on public cloud platforms have often come with a spectre of cyber security concerns, particularly given the number of high profile cloud hacks.
By giving its users more control over how their data and files are protected, Box is seeking to allay some of the concerns that people may have about pushing more sensitive data into the cloud.
However, there are some IT leaders that believe concerns over cloud security have been overplayed and that most cloud platforms are as secure or more so than the internal IT infrastructure of many organisations.
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