Protecting your business at scale with automated classification in Box Shield

Introducing automated classification with Box Shield

Enterprise content is being created at an explosive rate - in 2019 alone, 41 zettabytes (billions of terabytes) of content was created. With more information moving to the cloud, companies need to first understand and label what’s sensitive in order to prevent costly data breaches.

To keep up with the sheer volume of data across the business, companies need to harness the power of machine learning to identify sensitive information at scale. That’s why today, we are excited to announce that we are bringing intelligence to data classification with the new automated classification feature in Box Shield!

Intelligent, automated classification

Combining advanced machine learning and data leakage prevention capabilities, Shield can now automatically scan files when they’re uploaded, updated, moved or copied to specified folders, and classify them in real time based on your admin-defined policies.


A powerful yet simple policy builder

How does it work? First, as an admin, you can easily create policies that will apply the appropriate classification label to files based on your desired logic.

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Easily create policies for multiple info types and custom terms, fine tuning with confidence levels and unique match counts

You can have Shield automatically detect various PII types within files - including social security numbers, driver’s licenses, International Bank Account Number (IBAN) codes, International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9/ICD-10) codes, and more. You can also identify custom terms and phrases within files – for example: “Acme Corp Confidential”, “Internal use only”, and “Attorney Client Privileged”.

Classifying content at scale

Using advanced machine learning techniques, Shield identifies your sensitive data in real time, using context to reduce false positives. This works for not only Microsoft file formats, but all text-based files in Box - including G Suite files, PDFs, Box Notes, .rtf, .txt, and more. And because it’s built natively into Box, you can reduce your reliance on 3rd party tools that can be complex to manage and create a disjoined user experience.

Automatic protection of classified content

Once files are classified appropriately, Shield helps prevent leaks through acombination of security controls already in use by our customers today - such as shared link, external collaboration, and download restrictions. In June alone, Shield blocked shared link access over eight million times, and prevented close to a million downloads of classified files across hundreds of customers that have already deployed Shield.

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"Box Shield has been a powerful solution that helps us protect our information through enforcement of data policies across our organization. Shield's new automated classification capability will help us become even more efficient in delivering a positive experience for our staff while at the same time helping to maintain data integrity and data security.”- Mike Engels, Executive Director of Information Services at Sierra Oncology

Reducing risk while staying productive

By rolling out and enforcing consistent policies across your organization, you can meet the most demanding compliance and privacy standards - such as HIPAA/HITECH, PCI DSS, GDPR, and more. Shield’s automated classification and security controls help you prevent leaks inline and in real time, reducing risk while still enabling secure remote work from anywhere, anytime, and any device.

The new Box Shield automated classification capabilities will begin to be available today and will roll out to eligible customers over the next month. To learn more and see it in action, please join our deep dive launch webinar on August 6, 2020.

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