Blue Coat Acquires Netronome SSL appliances

Acquisition to deliver SSL traffic visibility, forensic solutions to product offerings

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Blue Coat Acquires Netronome SSL appliances Clark: By analysing SSL traffic within the network, corporations substantially reduce risk.
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 12, 2013

Web security specialist Blue Coat Systems, Inc today announced it has acquired the SSL appliance product line from flow processing Netronome.

Web and SSL traffic can account for more than half of all traffic on the corporate network, driven by the adoption of cloud-based SaaS applications and the growing use of HTTPS for Web sites such as Google and Facebook. This type of encrypted traffic, left uninspected, can hide threats or other malicious activities. To effectively implement security protections before the traffic reaches the endpoint, it is important for enterprises to have in-network visibility into encrypted traffic.

"Many networks face a crisis today as the rise in SSL-based traffic creates an unrealistic reliance on the endpoint to detect threats or data loss," said Greg Clark, CEO, Blue Coat Systems.

"By analysing SSL traffic within the network, corporations substantially reduce risk."

The Netronome SSL appliances deliver SSL decryption in networks ranging from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps full duplex, providing enterprises with visibility into the traffic on their network. As a fully transparent proxy, the SSL appliances are designed to integrate into existing security environments to protect infrastructure investments while minimising the need for changes to network topology or client re-configuration. The appliances also provide up to four data feeds to a wide range of in-network security applications, such as intrusion prevention, intrusion detection, sandboxing and forensics, which can then analyse the data for threats or data breaches.

"Increasingly, analytics is an important tool for analysing advanced threats and avoiding data loss," said Christian Christiansen, vice president of security products and services at IDC.

"To be effective at analytics, enterprises need to inspect traffic that flows through their network. SSL is one of the more important traffic flows. Blue Coat's acquisition of the Netronome technology enables customers to add this analytics capability by providing inspection capabilities at scale."

Blue Coat claims that once the Netronome SSL appliances are fully integrated with existing Blue Coat products, enterprises will be able to apply consistent policy to all traffic on the network. 

"The SSL appliances are the industry's highest performance transparent proxy for SSL network communications and provide unique visibility exposing inbound threats and outbound leaks," said Howard Bubb, chief executive officer at Netronome.

"The product is an ideal complement to Blue Coat's comprehensive suite of security products and extends their leadership position in securing SSL communications."

The Netronome appliances are currently available through certified OEM partners, including Sourcefire and VSS Monitoring, and will be available through authorised Blue Coat channel partners shortly. As part of the acquisition, the existing product team will join Blue Coat to provide uninterrupted support to existing customers and OEM partners.

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