Cloud storage and collaboration firm Box has announced that it has signed a deal to bring its services to 50,000 staff in the Metropolitan Police.
The police force, which covers most of London and its suburbs, has come in for criticism in recent years for its slow Windows upgrade roll out. This has left a total of 19,000 PCs still running the ageing and out-of-support Windows XP operating system.
Organisations still running Windows XP are at heightened risk of security breaches and could find themselves heavily fined if they're still running it in any significant capacity after the GDPR comes into force next year, and they suffer a data breach.
A further 15,500 Met Police PCs have been upgraded to Windows 8.1, for some inexplicable reason.
However, the use of Box should reduce some of the risks, offering an ecosystem for storage, sharing and collaboration that avoids the need to use the main Windows file system, or to share data via easily lost or compromised USB sticks and CDRs.
"It's my job to deliver digital transformation at the Met and to equip our officers and staff with the best technology to enable a constantly-improving service and response to crime in London," said Angus McCallum, CIO at the Met.
He continued: "By choosing Box, we're transforming how we access content across the force, making us much more effective and efficient, which is absolutely critical when working on the frontline of law enforcement."
The Met has already said it wil use Box for everything from pooling CCTV footage to sharing evidence without the need to put it on devices that could potentially be lost, stolen or hacked.
"The Met is the largest police force in the UK," said David Benjamin, Box senior vice president and general manager of EMEA. "By choosing Box, the Met is empowering its workforce to work in smarter ways as they fight crime."
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