Blue Coat to acquire Solera Networks

Big data platform to enhance security solutions portfolio

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Blue Coat to acquire Solera Networks Clark: The future of the industry is moving beyond just blocking malware and stopping targeted attacks.
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 23, 2013

Cyber security specialist Blue Coat Systems today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Solera Networks, which is focused on big data security intelligence and analytics.

The move comes amid a shift in the global ICT security sector away from prevention and towards detection, remediation and recovery. Much of the sector's offerings now include a big data analytics component.

The Solera DeepSee platform will add security analytics and forensic capabilities to the Blue Coat product portfolio, enabling Blue Coat to develop an end-to-end security solution that includes "protection, remediation and governance and gives enterprises complete visibility into the content and context of advanced targeted attacks". The acquisition is expected to close within the next 30 days.

"Today's approach to securing the enterprise is missing an essential element - the ability to defend, react and resolve security issues by efficiently mining a very large dataset of network history to gain previously unavailable insights," said Greg Clark, CEO, Blue Coat Systems.

"The future of the industry is moving beyond just blocking malware and stopping targeted attacks to also identifying and resolving the full scope of the attacks in real time. Retrospective capture and analytics are now an essential component of modern security architecture, and Solera has pioneered this field, creating a DVR for the network that records traffic and allows customers to easily mine that information."

Following the acquisition, Solera's real-time intelligence technologies and Blue Coat's Web-based threat intelligence capabilities will be combined to produce advanced root cause analysis solutions backed by a network of "75 million users from over 15,000 customers worldwide, including 86% of the Fortune Global 500", according to Blue Coat.

"Solera's software acts like a security camera on the network, providing a detailed record of all packets, flows and files to detect and analyse the full scope of today's advanced targeted attacks," said Steve Shillingford, CEO, Solera Networks.

"Along with the big data security analytics and intelligence needed to see zero-day threats and advanced cyber attacks in real-time, Solera DeepSee provides unmatched security forensics to help enterprises answer critical post-breach questions on the nature of the attack and how to prevent it in the future."

Both Blue Coat and Solera will continue to embrace an open architecture to future proof the customer network.

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