Box makes a bigger push into the public sector
- By Derek Major
- May 06, 2016
Box, the online file sharing and content management platform that is used by a range of federal, state and local agencies, is making a bigger push into the public sector with Box for Government.
The new solution, announced May 5, seeks to help government agencies become more efficient and productive while improving the sharing and coordination of secure information. In addition, Box for Government has also received a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program authorization from the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Box CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie, who has touted his platform as an enabler of greater agency efficiency, said that he wants to bring Box to all industries.
"Box for Government will make it easier than ever for government organizations to deploy Box at scale, become more agile and drive their digital transformation strategies forward,” Levie said in a release. “With FedRAMP, we’re now ensuring that the government can get the level of security, protection and control of data they need to accelerate their move to the cloud and deliver critical government services more efficiently.”
Sonny Hashmi, the former General Services Administration CIO who is now Box's managing director for global government, said the on-premise systems that agencies have historically used "do not satisfy the needs of increasingly digital and mobile employees and more frequent cross-agency mission requirements."
"On-premise solutions can be costly to maintain and can hinder the ability of government employees to work ...with stakeholders across agency boundaries and across all types of devices," Hashmi said.
More than 490 government customers at the federal, state and local levels already use Box, including the U.S. departments of Justice and Commerce and the states of New York, California, Washington and Florida.
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.