Enhancing Mobile Security in the Enterprise

For businesses, the rapid shift towards a more decentralized, user-centric model - largely fueled by mobility, cloud services, and service-oriented platforms - has benefitted employees and IT alike. But any change also brings new challenges. The modern enterprise must directly address issues like the adoption of insecure devices and apps, content sprawl, and the persistent risk of human error. Through 2017, Gartner says that "90 percent of organizations will support some aspect of BYOD" so IT and security teams must ensure that content is securely distributed across both managed and unmanaged employee devices.

Today, as part of our Box Trust announcement, we're excited to introduce Box for Enterprise Mobility Management (Box for EMM), a better way to secure content accessed from mobile devices. Box for EMM, available now for iOS and Android, lets businesses deliver a simple, beautiful content experience from Box on your tablet or smartphone and pair it with advanced management, security, and control capabilities from mobile security leaders. With Box for EMM, globally distributed organizations can help employees stay connected and productive without compromising critical security requirements and access controls.

Integrations with AirWatch by VMWare and MaaS360 by IBM's Fiberlink are available today, with Dell coming soon.

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Mobile security is one of the most important controls in the Box Trust Ecosystem. Through Box for EMM, customers can manage mobile deployments at scale and extend corporate security polices to every device, whether corporate- or employee-owned. In the past, organizations struggled with the complexities of managing apps incorporating multiple third-party SDKs, including requiring employees to navigate inconsistent user experiences and wait weeks for the delivery of SDK-specific apps. Box for EMM eliminates these complications by integrating directly into both the security policies and configurations at the core of each mobile OS, as well as the servers and capabilities of EMM partners.

These custom integrations with leading EMM providers gives our customers confidence that their employees can access Box only from devices trusted by the enterprise. A direct integration means administrators have one fewer thing to focus on when managing mobility solutions, allowing them to focus on more important goals like adoption and engagement. Moreover, Box for EMM ensures that content in Box can only be used across other apps that are similarly approved and managed for enterprise use.

With its Managed App delegation, Box for EMM can utilize both the iOS 8 Document Provider extension and Open In functionality, thus restricting data transfer only to other managed apps. Once installed, Box for EMM leverages the functionality of EMM partners to remotely wipe information within the app when a user or device becomes unmanaged or goes out of compliance, while allowing the organization to retain full ownership and control over original app licenses.

On Android, Box for EMM employs a similar approach. By simplifying the integration into the core mechanisms in Android, Box for EMM verifies that the app on a device is what it claims to be. The service uses server-to-server validation between Box and the EMM partner to validate the device. This model allows Box for EMM on Android to work across many types of Android devices, not just those from certain manufacturers supported by an individual MDM provider. This approach should create a more seamless experience for IT to manage and secure our award-winning app on Android.

This is just the beginning of our work on Box for EMM. We're excited to continue to build a smarter, simpler, and more secure way for organizations to secure critical content on mobile devices - while still delivering apps that users depend on to get work done. Joint customers can contact their Box representative to learn more and get started today.