Box response to COVID-19
As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to evolve, we want to let you know that Box has a comprehensive plan in place to ensure the highest level of security, uptime, resiliency, and availability. Being able to respond quickly to rapidly-evolving situations like this epidemic while maintaining uninterrupted service is part of Box's Business Continuity program and a big part of our commitment to our customers.
To help provide more visibility into our strategy, we wanted to provide additional details about our plans and how we execute on them while maintaining the health and safety of our employees. These plans identify our most critical processes, mitigation strategies, and human response efforts during an incident or disaster. We've already enacted several measures across our business to ensure complete service delivery and the health of our community.
Infrastructure resilience and reliability
Box handles millions of users sharing and collaborating content globally, and manages tens of billions of files across nearly 100,000 customers. To deliver 99.9%+ uptime, we leverage multiple, geographically diverse data-centers, as well as public cloud partners to deliver our service. This diversity in infrastructure partners gives us flexibility if supply chains are disrupted in an extended crisis. Our Network and Security Operation Centers are also managed in multiple, geographically diverse sites globally, ensuring complete resilience of our systems.
During COVID-19, as an extra precaution, we've enacted our Business Continuity plans to ensure core business functions and technology are operational in the event of any potential disruption. For more information on Box system status across all critical services, please visit status.box.com.
Workforce resilience and business continuity
Keeping our operations running is critical to us. Given our mobility culture, work from home practices are part of normal business operations. We currently leverage a range of best-of-breed technologies for secure content collaboration (Box), video communication (Zoom), messaging (Slack), secure identity (Okta), and other critical cloud tools to deliver uninterrupted remote work for all employees. Out of an abundance of caution during COVID-19, we're supporting employees, regardless of office location, to do their work remotely.
We have long recognized the potential risks associated with service interruptions due to adverse events, such as an earthquake, power outage or a public health crisis like COVID-19, affecting our strategic, operational, stakeholder and customer obligations. This is why we have had a Business Continuity program in place to provide the policies and plans necessary for protecting Box’s operations and critical business functions.
Health and safety for Box employees
Our core values guide our philosophical and operational principles and priorities in any crisis. Above all else, we place the highest priority on the welfare of all Boxers, customers, and visitors. We have implemented several measures to ensure the health and safety of our community, including supporting remote work for all Box employees, suspending international travel and limiting non-essential domestic travel, reducing large customer events and gatherings, and improving health and hygiene across all office locations by maintaining sanitation supplies and encouraging an “if you are sick, stay home” mindset. Additionally, we are also now conducting our New Hire Orientation and candidate interviews virtually.
Supporting remote work with Box
Box has long been a part of how our customers support mobile and remote work. With Box, users can securely store and manage all of their files while supporting real-time collaboration with their team, partners, and vendors. And for IT, getting set up is incredibly simple. We have a number of best practices that we are seeing across our community:
- Best practices for supporting remote work in 2020 - an overview of how to enable remote working across all the apps your teams need to thrive
- Free online training for your Admins on best practices for enabling remote work with Box
- End User essentials - a collection of videos that can help end users up and running quickly on Box
- Our "Tips and Tricks" webinar - a guide to help folks get the most out of Box
We deeply appreciate your partnership with Box, and we understand that this can be a very difficult time within your teams and communities. Please rest assured that Box is doing everything it can to help, and reach out to us at any point if we can be doing more.
The Box Team