Dropbox For Business Makes Life Easier For IT Teams

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Dropbox announced some updates to Dropbox for Business, which should make things a little easier for IT teams in the administration, security, and integration areas.

For one, they've added tiered admin roles. There are three tiers: Team admin, User management admin, and support admin. The idea is that day-to-day responsibilities can be delegated by having different roles assigned to each admin.

Team admins have the ability to set team-wide security and sharing permissions as well as create admins and manage members. They have all available admin permissions. This is the only tier that can set admins or change roles. There has to be at least one Team Admin on an account.

User management admins can add and remove team members, manage groups, and view a team's activity feed. Support admins can manage passwords and basic account security as well as create a team member activity log. They can also contact Dropbox support about restoring deleted files, helping team members locked out of two-step authentication, etc.

You can get a deeper look at all of this here.

Also new is an enterprise installer, which lets admins automate Dropbox for Business deployment remotely to any Windows desktop machine. You can learn more about running this here.

Regarding security and API improvements, a post by Rob Baesman on the Dropbox for Business blog says:

Security is always top of mind for us and our customers. Two of our newest additions continue to put the security of your company’s data at the forefront. Our recent ISO 27018 certification makes us one of the first cloud service providers to achieve the emerging global standard for user privacy and data protection. And admins can now more easily require two-step verification to better protect account access.

To integrate Dropbox with your existing systems even further, we’re extending the Dropbox for Business API with new capabilities for shared folders. Several industry-leading data migration and DLP providers — including Adallom, CloudLock, Elastica, Mover, Netskope, and SkySync — have begun building integrations to help admins take advantage of this new functionality. “As organizations continue migrating to cloud apps like Dropbox to enable greater employee agility and productivity, IT needs to have visibility and control over content stored in the cloud to ensure the security of sensitive business data,” said Rick Holden, VP of business development and alliances, Netskope. “The new Dropbox shared folder API allows us to better integrate our two services, giving IT peace of mind and affording employees greater flexibility in how they do their jobs.”

In addition to all of this, Dropbox announced the integration of Dropbox for Business with Active Directory with a new Active Directory Connector, which has been released in beta to select customers. We should be hearing more about that in the near future.

Image via Dropbox

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