Blue Coat Systems strengthens security platform

As it continues its transition from a web caching vendor to internet security provider, Blue Coat Systems is expanding its relationships with Websense and Finjan Software.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  January 26, 2003

Partnerships|~||~||~|As it continues its transition from a web caching vendor to internet security provider, Blue Coat Systems is expanding its relationships with Websense and Finjan Software, and subsequently strengthening its own security offerings.

Websense and Finjan Software will leverage Blue Coat’s web security appliance platform to deliver their respective offerings and provides users with higher levels of internet security.

Blue Coat’s agreement with Websense will enable it to integrate ‘on the box’ Websense Master Databases, which offer content filtering functionalities and enable security administrators to prevent malicious code and spyware entering their systems from the internet.

“Websense for Blue Coat is the ideal fit for customers that want superior performance for URL filtering. By leveraging our advanced Policy Processing Engine, security administrators can apply per-user granular security policies, including content filtering, web-based virus scanning, malicious code protection and bandwidth management,” says Nigel Hawthorn, European marketing director, Blue Coat Systems.

“We have always had a long term relationship with Websense where we offered its content filtering solutions on the Blue Coat Security Gateway. This agreement publicises the latest version of Websense software on our box,” explains Ray Kafity, general manager, Blue Coat Systems, Middle East.

According to Blue Coat, the integration between the two solutions is in response to customer demands for a feature rich, high performing security solution, which provides strong service and support levels. Management tasks will also be eased by Blue Coat’s support of Websense Reporter, which profiles employee’s internet behaviour with regard to URL addresses, time and downloads.

“In terms of product releases it means that customers can enjoy faster response times when they install Websense on the Security Gateway box. In terms of services and support, there is a tight level of coordination and integration between the two companies,” says Kafity.

Furthermore, Finjan’s SurfinGate for Web solution offers users protection against new and unknown viruses, filtering content for malicious code and discarding any infected files, while delivering clean content to Blue Coat’s cache.

“The recent dramatic increase in the deployment of proactive and integrated content security solutions by global companies requires robustness, performance and scalability higher than before,” comments Shlomo Touboul, chairman & CEO of Finjan Software.

“Finjan Software’s SurfinGate for Web solution leverages Blue Coat’s high performance security appliance and policy architecture to proactively and simultaneously safeguard hundreds of thousands of enterprise users around the clock,” he claims.

In practise, Blue Coat’s Web Security Appliance monitors port 80 traffic utilising the internet content adaptation protocol (ICAP) and a ‘scan once, serve many’ feature to identify any suspect content, which it then forwards to Finjan’s solution

“Blue Coat functions as an accelerator that fuels perimeter web security services like content filtering, virus scanning and now proactive content security and malicious mobile code protection from Finjan,” says Hawthorn.

With both the Websense and Finjan solutions already available, analysts believe that Blue Coat has substantially strengthened its security offerings, providing users with more up-to-date and comprehensive protection from the latest security threats and viruses.

“Emerging web threats will be capable of evading point solution security systems and more traditional methods of network security,” explains Brian Burke, senior research analyst, internet security software, IDC.

“By adding active content protection from Finjan to existing web filtering and anti-virus defence, Blue Coat now offers a more complete network perimeter security solution to the network infrastructure from the latest internet worms and mobile code security risks,” he adds.||**||

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