Accellion vs. Box: 5 Key Differences for Secure File Sharing

Accellion vs. Box
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Security questions stemming from Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations are continuing to concern IT leaders, who are now questioning just how much control they have over any data stored in a public cloud file sharing service. Many of these leaders are taking a fresh look at private cloud file sharing solutions, which were built expressly for enterprises seeking greater control over their sensitive data. The fundamental debate between private cloud and public cloud file sharing is best summarized in a head-to-head analysis of market leaders. This is Accellion vs. Box.

To really understand what Box is offering, it’s necessary to read more than feature checklists and press releases. For example, Box’s LDAP integration turns out not to support multiple-LDAP instances, and its so-called support for Enterprise Content Management requires enterprises to duplicate any ECM content they want to make available to mobile users.

Here’s a quick summary of five key differences between Accellion and Box:

  • Accellion vs. Box: Architecture Surveys show that enterprises strongly prefer private-cloud or hybrid-cloud solutions for secure file sharing and secure file storage. Accellion supports both private clouds and hybrid clouds. Box offers only a public cloud solution. Public clouds deprive enterprises of full control over their data. For example, Box controls the encryption keys used to store enterprise data on its servers. Secure file sharing is most secure when business control the encryption keys for their own data.
  • Accellion vs. Box: Integration with Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Platforms Box requires enterprises to duplicate ECM content on the Box platform in order to access ECM connect through the Box service. Accellion enables mobile workers to access ECM content securely from mobile devices without investing in duplicated storage. Accellion provides secure file sharing that works with the ECM platforms and other IT investments businesses already have.
  • Accellion vs. Box: Secure Mobile Editing Accellion enables mobile users to edit files in a secure environment. Box requires users to edit files in third-party editors, potentially exposing files to malware and unauthorized distribution.
  • Accellion vs. Box: Enterprise Integrations Accellion provides integration with existing enterprise infrastructure, including anti-virus (AV) services, Data Loss Prevention (DLP) services, LDAP, multi-LDAP, and in-house applications. Box supports more limited integrations. For example, Accellion integrates with any standards-based DLP solution, but Box only integrates with one DLP solution, who happens to be another cloud vendor. To provide optimal security for businesses and end users alike, secure file sharing requires integration with AV services, DLP services, and other security services.
  • Accellion vs. Box: Compliance Accellion supports compliance with SOX, GLBA, HIPAA, and FDA requirements, and has received FIPS 140-2 certification required for use by U.S. federal government agencies. Accellion also complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland (the “Safe Harbor Frameworks”). Accellion also meets the data sovereignty standards of European nations who mandate what region data must be stored in based on a files content or user access. Box has achieved compliance with HIPAA and HITECH obligations and is willing to sign HIPAA Business Associate Agreements (BAAs). The company has been issued an SSAE 16 Type II report and is Safe Harbor-certified. Box has not received FIPS 140-2 certification. Being a public cloud service hosted in the U.S., it cannot comply with data sovereignty and location regulations in the E.U. and in other regions outside the U.S.

Enterprises choosing Box end up with less-than-complete control and security, while assuming the operational overhead and added expense of duplicating files and undermining their strict ECM security policies. In contrast, the Accellion private cloud solution answers the enterprise market’s need for flexible, scalable, secure file sharing. Accellion preserves and extends existing security policies and infrastructure, rather than subverting or duplicating them.

To learn more about the Accellion secure file sharing and governance platform, please contact us.


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