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Mobile security is one of IT’s biggest headaches, especially in this age of Bring-Your-Own-Device. To help out, online storage/content sharing service Box has undertaken a new partnership with mobile security provider MobileIron and launched a new mobile app, Box for MobileIron AppConnect. 

The app is designed for the new MobileIron AppConnect mobile application security solution, which enables companies to secure apps on a mobile device without touching the user’s personal or corporate information. There are also data loss prevention features and authentication policies for installing and using company apps.

Enterprise App Persona

MobileIron AppConnect creates what that company calls the Enterprise App Persona, through containerization of apps to prevent unauthorized access to business data and to control the external functions that app has permission to perform, such as sharing or printing. IT manages the app, not the encrypted data, and all containers’ policy management can be maintained through MobileIron Advanced Mobile Management.

The MobileIron integration allows for content stored in Box to be controlled, including restrictions on printing, on opening files in other apps or on copying and pasting sensitive data. Other features include automated app installation, the ability to manage enterprise-wide policy changes, single sign-on for all company mobile apps, and capabilities for keeping sensitive data off compromised or jail-broken devices and for keeping personal and corporate data/settings separate.

As an enterprise-focused solution, Box is attempting to differentiate its offering by a variety of enhanced security features. In February, for instance, the company rolled out several new enterprise-grade security features and product integrations.

Other Integrations, Partnerships

They included a new admin control to prevent specific users from creating folders that can be externally shared, and “device pinning” that provides admins with the ability to limit the specific devices from which Box can be accessed.

There was also integration with Samsung’s recently launched KNOX mobile security offering, which provides secure Android device management and the separation of corporate and personal data and apps. The Los Altos, California-based Box also announced new data loss prevention partnerships with content security vendors Code Green Networks and CipherCloud, allowing admins to identify and secure restricted content stored on Box, and an integration with business intelligence provider GoodData for out-of-the-box analytics of Box-based content.