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Box recently rolled out a new feature that automatically classifies files and adds labels as you scan them into Box. The function is integrated with Box Shield, the popular content security product.

Through the machine learning-driven feature, organizations will be able to meet the required compliance and regulatory standards during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lakshmi Hanspal, the CISO at Box, issued a statement where she spoke about the increased number of employees working remotely. She pointed out that cloud adoption had been rising for businesses looking to serve their customers better, necessitating a new approach to privacy and security.

Compliance made easy

She concluded that as more work is done outside company firewalls now, organizations must have a single source of truth for all their data to stay compliant and within regulatory requirements.

Box Shield is quite a success story because it was introduced just last year. Its safety measures in detecting and controlling data threats have been a godsend for its growing user base. The cloud content management company was happy to announce that out of its $100,000-plus deals in the first quarter, almost 80% included an add-on product.

Powerful personally identifiable information detection capability

The new classification feature uses admin-defined policies to classify content automatically. It can retrieve personally identifiable information (PII) in files. The PII include driver’s licenses, social security numbers, International Bank Account Number codes (IBAN), and International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9/ICD-10) codes.

Users can task the feature with automatic identification of pre-set terms or phrases. Unstructured file types such as spreadsheets, documents, and PDFs are also supported in the feature. In addition to the automated classification feature, Box Shield users through Box security partners like Microsoft, IBM, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks or Broadcom, can classify their files via API.