Security is often the foremost concern in using any enterprise application. With these considerations, Box.net (news, site) has updated its iPhone and iPad applications to add enterprise-grade security to Box.net's mobile content management tools.
Box.net apps for the iPhone and iPad -- which gives users access to their shared and private files via their mobile devices -- have grown in popularity with enterprise users, due to the ease-of-use and flexibility that the cloud storage and collaboration service offers. With enterprise users stressing the need for more robust security features, Box has added these features to its iOS apps:
- Locking and automatic logout --This feature gives users the option to log out when the application is closed. Users can also set up a four-digit passcode to protect access to Box content.
- SSO Login -- This feature will connect Box apps with a user's PingFederate or Google Apps for enterprise accounts for a more seamless and secure user experience.
Apart from these essential security features, the new Box version also includes the following multimedia functions:
- Video Out -- Users can project content on their Box accounts to TV, projector or monitor.
- Air Printing -- This lets Box users wirelessly print to any Air Print-enabled printer from the iPad.
An Increasingly Mobile Workforce
Box highlights the increased need for security in mobile applications, given an increasingly mobile workforce. Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie stresses the importance of enterprise mobility and mobile content management in letting workers connect from almost any device.
Supporting the explosion of mobile devices -- and specifically, tablets -- is one of the top priorities of every enterprise IT department, and with these iPad and iPhone app updates we're addressing the security needs of the world's largest organizations, while also enabling new and exciting use cases for the mobile worker."
Apart from the iOS applications meant for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Box.net also supports other mobile platforms such as Android, and of course its native Web-based application and desktop sync application. Box.net also offers linkages with document and collaboration services such as Google Docs, Zoho, SalesForce and the like. Box says it has 300,000 iOS users, so far, and about 70,000 Android users. Support for webOS is also planned in the future.