Box announces new data compliance and security features

Box Shield security

Box and IBM have revealed a slew of integrations to help customers deal with strict data regulations.

With legislation like the GDPR and the soon to be implemented California Consumer Privacy Act changing data regulations, both companies are looking to enable greater compliance when it comes to sensitive data. As such, updates have been made to Watson Knowledge Catalog and integration of IBM X-force with Box Shield.

"IBM and Box have a history of partnering to bring clients greater collaborative and data capabilities," said Rob Thomas, GM of IBM Data and AI, as Box's annual Boxworks conference in San Francisco. "Today, we're extending that work further to integrate a new Watson technology that automates the process of identifying sensitive data, helping to speed compliance and provide Box users greater trust in the data."

For Box customers, the company says that IBM's Watson Knowledge Catalog InstaScan tool will give them the ability to identify sensitive data throughout their Box folders. InstaScan lets them set parameters for what type of data is allowed based on corporate policy, enabling them to run risk assessments and check folders are compliant with data regulations.

There are also plans to integrate IBM X-Force threat intelligence and QRadar with Box Shield for advanced threat intelligence, investigation, and response. According to Box, these integrations will help detect abnormal file access and transfers as well as flag techniques used by known cyber criminals.

IBM is not the only beneficiary of new Box announcements as the company has announced more integrations with Slack and Microsoft Teams.

For Slack, the integration will provide contextual information on shared files with content cards and the ability to set file permissions within the comms app to provide users with access and enforce Box permissions in Slack with granular controls.

For Microsoft Teams, the integration will enable users to share Box content or local content directly to Channels and Chats, automate folder and permission mapping, and enable previews and edits in all Channel files in one central place.

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