Government Digital Service approves Box for collaboration

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Box has been approved as the Government Digital Service's (GDS) cloud content and collaboration provider of choice, giving the go ahead for its services to be used across government departments.

Following a strict security and compliance assessment, the government chose Box to help it enhance flexibility around file-sharing of data, including confidential files, and to improve collaboration between remote workers and their office-based counterparts.

Box has been available to some UK government departments through its G-Cloud marketplace, but this makes the deal available to the entire public sector organisation.

David Quantrell, Box senior vice president and general manager of EMEA said: "Technology has advanced dramatically and new ways of working can mean legacy IT solutions are not always suitable for today’s government, which often needs to manage critical content easily and securely from anywhere and on any device.”

“The GDS is a pioneer in deploying innovative technology and as it expands its collaboration portfolio it is encouraging wider cross-government cooperation.”

This is the latest announcement in Box's public sector distribution drive. Last week, the company announced it had been chosen by the US Department of Justice to provide cloud sharing and collaboration services.

Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO at Box, explained: “There is an increasing need to securely connect and enable processes across agencies and jurisdictions as well as to connect government employees with their data, content, and stakeholders.

"Innovative government agencies, like DOJ, are deeply committed to leveraging emerging cloud technologies to better serve the American people, while ensuring the security and privacy of sensitive information. We are thrilled to support the DOJ’s technology efforts, helping to transform the way they manage and share information.”

Clare Hopping
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