Dropbox gets top marks for security

Firm had a few security blips in the past but now proving to be enterprise grade

The file-sharing cloud provider Dropbox has achieved ISO 27018 from EY CertifyPoint, "an important global standard for privacy and data protection in the cloud". You can read the certificate in full here.

This means that firms that are concerned about how Dropbox will use the information that passes through its services can be assured that it is sticking to data privacy standards.

Dropbox said it will only use the personal information that an organisation gives to provide the services that were signed up for. Firms can add, modify, or delete data from Dropbox when needed.

It has also promised to let organisations know where data resides on its servers and who its trusted partners are.

"We'll (also) tell you what happens when you close an account or delete a file. Lastly, we'll tell you if any of these things change", it said in a blog post yesterday.

As well as strict rules around encryption and Dropbox's employees' access controls, the new security certification requires the cloud vendor to be subject to yearly audits by an independent third party.

The announcement will be welcomed by firms concerned about global compliance.

In 2012 Dropbox suffered several setbacks as it sought to move into the enterprise market following breaches across its services, but has since been officially deployed by large enterprises.

Dropbox currently encrypts your data in transit and at rest, however firms taking extra precaution can use tools like Boxcryptor which encrypts files before uploading and partitions them in your Dropbox folder.

The firm is making waves in the UK, after opening an office in London in January after it claimed that one in four UK internet users are Dropbox customers.

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