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KACST locks out intruders with Blue Coat

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology deploys Blue Coat's appliance to provide both security and IPv6 support.

We are pleased to see the important role our solutions play in helping ISU at KACST bring safe and efficient Internet services to its users, says Blue Coat's Taha.
We are pleased to see the important role our solutions play in helping ISU at KACST bring safe and efficient Internet services to its users, says Blue Coat's Taha.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has signed up Blue Coat to provide its Internet Services Unit (ISU) with a range of appliances to both defend its network against external threats and keep bandwidth demands in line.

KACST looked at solutions from a number of vendors before opting for Blue Coat's solution, which comprises ProxySG and ProxyAV appliances. In the case of the former, the ISU claims that it's been able to double its existing bandwidth capacity while also offering IPv6 support. The ProxyAV appliances, meanwhile have deployed to provide malware and anti-virus protection.

Dr. Hesham Bin-Abbas, Director, Internet Services Unit at KACST said, "ISU needs to have the most sophisticated, efficient and scalable infrastructure to support our increasing number of clients, escalating security challenges and additional requirements for the introduction of new services. We needed a high performance platform that could support expansion and provide flexibility. In addition we also required a way to bridge the gap between IPv4 and IPv6".

"We are pleased to see the important role our solutions play in helping ISU at KACST bring safe and efficient Internet services to its users. Blue Coat appliances provide critical Web security while also speeding content, decreasing bandwidth consumption and serving as a transparent gateway between IPv4 and IPv6 content and infrastructure," commented Nidal Taha, Regional Director for ME and Turkey, Blue Coat Systems.

The ISU claims that the implementation of the Blue Coat devices took just one month. As one of Saudi Arabia's much-touted "smart cities", KACST is responsible for accelerating the growth of the Kingdom's emerging knowledge economy. The ISU unit with KACST is designed to create and provide internet services exclusively to the academic sector and works closely with Saudi service providers.