Bluecoat confident it can capitalise on security boom

Blue Coat Systems claims the market for internal network and content intent security is booming in the Middle East

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By  Andy Tillett Published  September 27, 2005

Blue Coat Systems claims the market for internal network and content intent security is booming in the Middle East, as more enterprise level organisations look to protect themselves from spyware, web viruses, inappropriate web surfing, file sharing and instant messaging. The vendor says it has seen its turnover soar from just US$50,000 a year in 1999 to US$8 million last year in the Middle East. “Security requirements and awareness is becoming more and more important in internet access infrastructure,” says Ray Kafity, general manger Blue Coat Systems. “We take away liabilities from companies. We are a policeman if you like.” Through different granulated policy settings, Blue Coat’s proxy appliances can set limits on how employees at a company use the internet, even limiting them to specific times of access to the worldwide web. The company runs the proxy for Etisalat, which means that 92% of all internet traffic going through the UAE internet system is being sorted and filtered by Blue Coat. It also claims National Bank of Dubai, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Emirates Bank International as its clients. Its scalable solutions means the technology can be deployed from companies with 200 employees upwards. “As the number of people using the internet grows, there is a need for it to be monitored. Companies, especially those with many employees can now be held liable for content that its staff access, so it is crucial systems are in place to prevent misuse, as well as helping to alleviate bandwidth issues,” says Kafity.

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