Box is adding new features designed to make enterprise-wide adoption of its cloud-based online content-sharing service irresistible.
The additions include new security features, management tools and partner integrations. Several weeks ago, the Los Altos, California-based company launched Box Accelerator, which was designed to increase Box's performance globally. The company said it currently has over 11 million users worldwide, including individuals at 125,000 businesses and 92 percent of the Fortune 500.
Via its new reporting API, the company now enables business intelligence integrations with such BI partners as GoodData. Box activity logs are reported to the partner platform to track sales, marketing and organizational traffic. Unusual activity, such as a user downloading hundreds of files in one session or abnormal spikes in traffic, trigger alerts in real time so that appropriate action can be taken.
An enhanced search functionality is intended to offer more granular, enterprise-wide search capabilities, with the ability to see how files are being shared. Common queries of frequently updated files can be saved and re-accessed through a bookmarked URL.
A new relationship with security-as-a-service provider Proofpoint, available in the first quarter of next year, provides enhanced security, compliance and control over documents shared through Box. Through the Box API, Proofpoint is notified when a file is uploaded. The service scans the active file, and triggers an alert if restricted content is identified.
Proofpoint CEO Gary Stelle said in a statement that there’s a “huge increase in demand for solutions that allow organizations of all types to better handle and protect important information,” especially when cloud applications are being used.
The company is also introducing the choice of a native, two-step login verification, adding to the multi-factor authentication Box already supports through single sign-on partners like Ping, Intel and VMware.
Whitney Bouck, Box’s GM of Enterprise, told news media that these new security and management features will help the company “stay ahead of the curve, ensuring enterprise-grade security in the cloud without compromising user experience and productivity.”