The Pentagon’s cutting-edge research and development arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has closed a deal with Box for secure, cloud collaboration services.
The Silicon Valley-based cloud content management company announced the deal Tuesday, saying it will allow DARPA “to deliver secure collaboration agency-wide and with external research partners,” according to a release.
Box wouldn’t disclose specific terms of the deal, but the company said generally that in addition to boosting internal and external collaboration at DARPA, it will “further the DoD’s cloud strategy while enabling secure, mobile access to business critical resources.”
“We are thrilled to support DARPA’s mission, helping to transform the way they manage research and development projects by empowering their workforce with more collaboration between internal and external stakeholders, all while ensuring compliance with Department of Defense Cybersecurity guidelines,” Sonny Hashmi, managing director of global public sector at Box, said in a statement.
Box has tried to up its federal presence in recent years, particularly since the hire of Hashmi, a former General Services Administration CIO, in 2015 to further build out its portfolio in supporting agencies. The company is authorized to process Defense Department information up to impact level 4 (controlled unclassified information) and moderate-impact civilian agency information under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. It touts its existing work with the Food and Drug Administration and the Treasury Department.
“As technology continues to modernize digital workplaces, government agencies are increasingly seeing the need to adopt IT strategies that improve engagement with stakeholders, progress key initiatives and protect critical information,” said Stephanie Carullo, chief operating officer at Box.