Box nails big customer win with US Department of Justice


Cloud storage provider Box has announced that it is working with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to deliver secure file sharing and collaboration to its employees.

The move represents a major customer win for the firm, who now has more than 40 federal customers on its books. “Innovative government agencies, like DOJ, are deeply committed to leveraging emerging cloud technologies to better serve the American people, while ensuring the security and privacy of sensitive information,” said Aaron Levie, Box CEO.

“We are thrilled to support the DOJ’s technology efforts, helping to transform the way they manage and share information,” he added.

The DOJ will be employing Box for three main reasons: to simplify internal and external collaboration between component agencies and third party organisations; seamlessly support mobile and offline access to content for employees; and reduce the complexity of infrastructure by eliminating fragmented content.

Despite the recent narrative around Box being framed on its will-they-won’t-they IPO imbroglio, which was finally concluded when the firm went public in January this year, the continued customer stories represent a company going in the right direction for its enterprise market. A year ago, when reports arrived stating Box was to delay its IPO, the company announced a deal with General Electric, where around 300,000 of its employees would use the cloud storage firm for content sharing and collaboration.

Box’s play into federal government has been relatively recent. In March, the company announced the arrival of Sonny Hashmi, former CIO of the General Services Administration, to help lead the company’s efforts in the space. The firm also continues to pursue FedRAMP security compliance, as can be seen here, but suffered a setback when competitor Huddle beat it to the punch in March.

In a blog post announcing the DOJ deal, Box PR Zoelle Egner wrote: “We look forward to fostering greater innovation at DOJ, helping to transform the way they manage and share information.”

Read more: The Box advantage: Growth, predictability and competitiveness

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