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VMware Partners with Box to Secure Enterprise Data

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Box provides shared workspaces, file synchronization, collaboration tools, and a place to securely store files using encryption and protection robust enough to support companies needing to protect sensitive data. Box is now working with VMware to integrate its enterprise services with AirWatch Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) to allow for more secure collaboration between business users when data goes mobile.

When it comes to protected information covered by federal and state law or just the typical competitive and sensitive business information, it is important to have end-to-end data security in place. That means protecting data regardless of its location. Read: How to Secure Your File Sharing and Sync Process

As mobile technology advances, data control and tracking has become increasingly complicated. When corporate data was only accessible through a browser-based application from a tablet or smartphone, the control of data was a bit easier. If all the user could do was view and interact with data located on a corporate server, the data remained on the server.

However, newer and more sophisticated apps are being designed and developed to move some of the data processing away from the corporate server and onto mobile devices. Smart devices are ubiquitous and most of them, including smartphones, are computers fully capable of performing many of the same database functions as a desktop computer. That includes storing unprotected data locally on the mobile device.

As with any other computer program that can grab chunks of a company's proprietary or sensitive data and store it locally, smartphone apps have to be vetted to ensure they meet corporate information security standards. When sensitive data is being stored and shared from a service like Box, the issues of what data is being accesses, by who, for how long, and when will it be removed from the device all have to be resolved.

With AirWatch EMM capabilities integrated into Box, the ability to have that control may become easier.

"Cloud and mobile technologies are unlocking new ways of working, but businesses need to know that information is secure. We're excited to work with VMware to introduce a new model that will enable customers to secure content and collaborate from anywhere, on any device, helping our joint customers be more competitive and agile than ever before," said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box.

While the partnership has not created an actual product yet, the collaboration between VMware and Box is meant to create a dynamic and seamless security model to manage and secure third-party applications through the use of security controls and centralized policy management.

"Today's workforce demands seamless, secure access to applications, files and data while moving from desktop to tablet to smartphone.  Enabling users to take full advantage of powerful enterprise collaboration services requires a mobile security model that protects sensitive data and information. With VMware and Box, customers will be able to take advantage of VMware's powerful end-user computing solutions in a fundamentally unique way, without compromising security," said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware.

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