Dropbox for Business buys BYOD security startup MobileSpan

Summary:Founded by former Google Chrome engineers, MobileSpan's technology focuses on securing devices to make them safe for the enterprise.

Dropbox for Business has acquired MobileSpan, a BYOD startup founded in 2011 by former Google Chrome engineers. The deal follows Dropbox’s purchase of DropTalk, fueling speculation that the cloud storage company is taking the acquisition approach to building out its suite of services.

MobileSpan specialized in helping enterprises transition from desktop-centric systems to the any-device world, with a particular focus on securing devices to make them safe for the enterprise. The service will come in handy as DropBox tries to position itself as a significant player for the bigger enterprise companies.

By the lack of navigation ability on the MobileSpan website it seems as though the company has effectively shut down operations already, although in a note on the main landing page the company said it will officially end operations by the end of the year.

Here is another excerpt from the note, credited to Sanjeev Radhakrishnan, Amit Joshi, and Nils Bunger:

We believe that we have come a long way: MobileSpan Gateway and the MobileSpan apps for iOS and Windows allow secure ad-hoc access to business content and editing of Office documents living behind the corporate firewall with native UX on each platform. Yet we still have some ways to go before business content is freed from its desktop-focused roots and is made readily usable yet secure on modern mobile devices.

Joining forces with Dropbox will allow us to rapidly accelerate the realization of that dream. We feel that our long-term vision for enterprise productivity and collaboration aligns greatly with the vision for Dropbox for Business, which allows employees to securely share and collaborate and is used by companies like Spotify, National Geographic and Under Armour.

No financial details were immediately available.

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Topics: Cloud, Apps, Storage

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