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Box: Governments need the cloud

Cloud computing company Box has revealed ambitious plans to take its storage systems global, after inking a big deal with the U.S. Justice Department.

"We think the governments in the U.S., Europe and Japan are key customers of Box because we can help them stay more innovative and move much more efficiently," Aaron Levie, CEO, co-founder and chairman, told CNBC on Tuesday.

His remarks come after the U.S. Justice Department chose the firm to deliver secure file sharing last month, bringing Box's number of federal government customers to 40. Its total customer base stands at 47,000, which includes half of the Fortune 500.

"There's no organizational environment more bureaucratic than the U.S. government so we're pretty excited that they chose Box for the Justice Department. We think will ripple through the other federal agencies in the U.S."

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Cloud computing lets users access the Internet anytime, anywhere thanks to a shared pool of resources suh as networks, servers and applications. But it's been a source of both wonder and suspicion, especially after a raft of recent hacking attacks on large companies left businesses feeling vulnerable.

"There's no platform that can be 100 percent safe. The question is where can you reduce risks the most?" Levie said.

Aaron Levie
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Aaron Levie

He believes the cloud is a much safer alternative to existing structures.

"What we see is that a lot of organizations who invested in legacy information technology (IT) architecture are more vulnerable to security threats. If you look at events in the U.S. last year, with Sony, JPMorgan, and Anthem getting hacked, those were all legacy IT environments."

Still, for those extra paranoid about hacking or government surveillance, a concern that went viral after whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the extent of U.S. spying operations, Box has you covered.

"We have a product called Box Enterprise Key Management that lets customers control their own encryption keys. So, if you are worried about the government, this allows you more control," Levie said.

For the most part, clients aren't worried about governments, he continued, adding that governments tend to chase personal data for terrorism purposes, not corporate content.