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Dropbox Enterprise launches with new security features

Dropbox stepped up its security offerings this week with the introduction of Dropbox Enterprise and several new cloud security controls for business customers.

In the latest entry in the enterprise security arms race of cloud service providers, Dropbox Wednesday introduced Dropbox Enterprise along with three new cloud security features for business customers.

Announced at the Dropbox Conference 2015 in San Francisco, Dropbox Enterprise offers the same core functionality and capabilities as the existing Dropbox Business service plus new features, such as domain insights, which gives administrators "visibility into any personal Dropbox usage taking place on their company domain," and collaboration insights, which allows admins to monitor how employees are using Dropbox with external parties.

Dropbox Enterprise also includes domain verification and account capture features for migrating existing personal Dropbox accounts to Dropbox Enterprise accounts, plus unlimited access to Dropbox APIs to integrate the cloud service with existing IT applications and infrastructure.

In addition to Dropbox Enterprise, the cloud storage and file sharing company also introduced three new cloud security features in early access for both Dropbox Enterprise and Dropbox Business customers: suspended user state, which gives administrators the ability to disable employee accounts before deleting them; a "sign in as user" capability where administrators can log into employee accounts and check security policy compliance; and custom branding, which allows companies to add their logos to shared link pages for additional verification.

In cloud usage and shadow cloud studies, Dropbox consistently ranks as one of the most popular cloud services among enterprise users (both authorized and shadow IT users). The company, which boasts 400 million users worldwide, has been steadily adding security functionality and features in recent years to address security concerns of enterprise Dropbox customers. In August, Dropbox added support for universal 2nd factor (U2F) security keys to improve the login process and reduce the risks of successful phishing attacks.

Other major cloud services firms have also made moves recently to bolster their security posture. Dropbox competitor Box, for example, introduced new encryption controls earlier this year and also expanded its Symantec partnership with Symantec DLP for Box, a specialized offering that allows enterprises to monitor and analyze employees' Box accounts and place visual tags on files that contain sensitive data.

In addition to Dropbox Enterprise and the new security features, Dropbox also formed an alliance with Vera, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based security firm specializing in secure file sharing. Under the alliance, Vera will integrate its technology with Dropbox's cloud service to provide customers with end-to-end encryption and give administrators the ability to revoke access to sensitive corporate data both on premise and in the cloud.

"One of our top priorities is giving our customers the ability to be flexible and agile in adopting enhanced security capabilities while keeping things easy to use," said Patrick Heim, head of trust & security at Dropbox, in a press statement. "I'm excited to be partnering with Vera to give our customers another great tool in their security arsenal."

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