Collaboration platform provider Box used its BoxWorks user conference in San Francisco which started today to preview enhancements to Box Shield and Box Relay, along with upgrades to its integrations with industry-leading vendors such as IBM, Microsoft, and Adobe.

All the improvements were aligned to what chief product officer Jeetu Patel told delegates at the BoxWorks are the three key principles underpinning content management and collaboration.

The company says Box Shield provides simple guardrails for collaboration on sensitive content and identifying potential threats or misuse in real-time. As part of its security play, the company has announced a new integration with Splunk and its Box Shield offering which is a set of content security controls and intelligent threat detection capabilities. The integrations are designed to allow for the more efficient monitoring of Box Shield alerts, to help gain deeper visibility into content access patterns and to streamline responses to content access anomalies.

With regard to internal and external collaboration and workflow, the company revealed enhancements to Box Relay, which it says enables enterprises to streamline routine, collaborative business processes in Box. This includes things like document review and approvals and the onboarding and offboarding of projects, vendors and employees. The enhancements are designed to drive efficiencies at scale.

There were also announcements about enhancements to its relationships with key vendors such as IBM, Adobe and Microsoft.

With IBM, Box has extended the relationship and expanded capabilities for data protection, governance, and compliance in the enterprise. With Microsoft, it has announced new integrations into Microsoft Teams.

And with Adobe, it announced plans to “deeply integrate a full-featured Acrobat web experience, including powerful capabilities to modify, organise, sign, and collaborate on PDFs directly inBox. The new integration will seamlessly connect collaborative workflows for enterprises who rely on Box and Adobe, making it easier and more secure to work with digital documents in the cloud.”

Key principles

According to chief product officer Jeetu Patel, the new era of content management and collaboration in the cloud would be built on with three key principles.

“The first and most important principle is this notion of frictionless security and compliance. The thing to keep in mind on the security and compliance side is that at the moment the best way to build an insecure system in your organisation is to build a really secure system with a really poor experience because what people do is just go around it.”

He said the second key principle is that eventually the work still needs to be done in what he described as a very, very complex, fast-changing world. “And there has to be a seamless way of going out and engaging with people, for collaborating for conducting business process automation, for doing workflows that are both internal within your organisation, as well as people that are outside the organisation.”

Patel told delegates the third key principle is that none of this happens inside siloed applications. “You have multiple clouds in your organisation, and you have multiple applications that you’re going to be working with. You need to make sure that your content layer can go out and effectively integrate [into] all of those applications.”

The company has announced a new integration with Splunk and its Box Shield offering which is a set of content security controls and intelligent threat detection capabilities. The integrations are designed to allow for the more efficient monitoring of Box Shield alerts, to help gain deeper visibility into content access patterns and to streamline responses to content access anomalies.

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