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U.S. Department of Justice taps Box for cloud services

Amid serving more than 34 million users and 45,000 organizations worldwide, Box boasted it currently counts more than 40 federal government customers.
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Written by Rachel King on

Following in the footsteps of cloud giants such as Amazon Web Services and IBM, Box has inked a deal with a major new government customer.

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The U.S. Department of Justice has signed a deal to use Box for its cloud-based file sharing and information management needs.

DOJ employees will be able to use Box storage and collaboration features across desktop and mobile channels as well as offline "regardless of location," according to the announcement.

Being more of an enterprise, industry-specific focused cloud company, Box has already stacked up a number of government compliance certifications over the years, including HIPAA for hosting personal health records and data.

To serve the DOJ, Box will be getting cleared with an agency "Authorization to Operate" this week.

Although most of the tech world and beyond is likely more focused on security measures at the Internal Revenue Service this week, the DOJ has had some security stumbles in the past, such as an attack by hacktivist group Anonymous in 2012.

"There is an increasing need to securely connect and enable processes across agencies and jurisdictions as well as to connect government employees with their data, content, and stakeholders," wrote Box CEO Aaron Levie, in prepared remarks. "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."

Amid serving more than 34 million users and 45,000 organizations worldwide, Box boasted it currently counts more than 40 federal government customers.

To keep that momentum going, Box recently announced plans to get certified for FedRAMP, a U.S. Government-wide program established to speed up cloud deployments within federal agencies following a uniform approach and security guidelines.

London-based Huddle, which has already been accredited on a similar level in the United Kingdom for providing cloud-based collaboration, sharing and storage services, already achieved FedRAMP compliance in March.

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