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Box boosts security with Box Shield

Box, Inc., a provider of cloud content management software, has announced Box Shield, a set of new content security controls and intelligent threat detection capabilities targeted at helping enterprises to power secure collaboration and workflows around content in the cloud. Built natively into Box, Box Shield helps prevent accidental data leakage, detects potential access misuse, and proactively identifies relevant threats.

Now in private beta, Box Shield will become generally available in the fall of 2019.

“The pace of business today demands that every enterprise move its content to the cloud to power collaboration and drive business processes both inside and outside the organization. Box Shield is a huge advancement that will make it easier than ever to secure valuable content and prevent data leaks without slowing down the business or making it hard for people to get their work done,” said Jeetu Patel, chief product officer at Box. “With Box Shield, enterprises will receive intelligent alerts and unlock insights into their content security with new capabilities built natively in Box, enabling them to deploy simple, effective controls and act on potential issues in minutes.”

Box Shield is intended to help enterprises prevent accidental data leaks through a system of manual or automated security classifications for files and folders, and classification-based access policies.

Account admins can define custom classification labels and policies per label that combine multiple security controls, such as:

Shared link restriction: Specify who can access shared links. For example, when a file is labeled [Internal], sharing can be restricted to the company and specified collaborators only.

External collaborator restriction: Limit external collaboration to approved lists of domains or completely block it based on the sensitivity of the content. For example, when a file is labeled as [Restricted PII], external collaboration could only be allowed with business partners that are approved data processors.

Download restriction: Restrict file or folder downloads across specific applications. For example, specify that downloads be restricted when users are using the Box web app, mobile, or Box Drive.

Application restriction: Specify which third-party applications and custom apps can download sensitive content from Box.

FTP restriction: Restrict FTP transfers and uploads of files and folders.

In addition to preventing accidental data leakage via classification-based security policies, Box Shield empowers customers to detect abnormal and potentially malicious behavior from internal and external threats. Powered by machine learning, Box Shield identifies and alerts admins of potential threats such as anomalous downloads, suspicious sessions, and access from suspicious locations.

To learn more, go to www.box.com/shield.

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