Box boosts cloud security with automated classification

11 September 2020

Box said an “intelligent, automated classification” will soon be added to Box Shield, the firm’s advanced security solution for protecting content in the cloud. 

It will now automatically scan files and classify them based on their content to help businesses detect and secure sensitive data. Box Shield is the fastest growing new product in the company’s history and security-conscious and highly regulated organisations including NASA use it to secure data in the cloud. 

Chief product officer at Box, Varun Parmar explained how businesses are using Box Shield to protect their content from ending up in the wrong hands. 

“The sudden shift to remote work has surfaced new security challenges for businesses, making it more critical than ever to keep sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands, Parmar said. “In June alone, Box Shield helped customers protect their content by blocking shared link access to classified files over eight million times and prevented close to a million downloads of classified files. Using advancements in machine learning to automatically apply classification labels as files are uploaded or edited extends Box Shield’s ability to enable secure remote work from anywhere. This allows IT and security teams to configure and enforce policies across the enterprise at a new level of scale that would be impossible to tackle manually.” 

Using advanced machine learning and data leakage prevention capabilities, Box Shield scans files in real-time when they are uploaded, updated, moved or copied to specified folders and automatically classifies them based on admin-defined policies. Businesses can leverage its new automated classification feature to scale their data classification efforts and enforce policies across the enterprise to better comply with GDPR and other regulations.