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Blue Coat names senior vice president for research

Venkat Raghavan will lead the research and development team

Blue Coat names senior vice president for research
Raghavan says he is excited to join Blue Coat to lead innovation and deliver the next generation of security products.

Blue Coat Systems, a global provider of Web security and WAN optimisation solutions, announced that IBM veteran, Venkat Raghavan has joined as senior vice president of research and development (R&D).

Raghavan brings a 20 year track record of delivering world-class enterprise security products and market-leading innovation to Blue Coat, says the company.

According to Blue Coat, Raghavan will lead the company's product management and R&D organisation, and report directly to Blue Coat chief executive officer, Greg Clark.

"Venkat arms Blue Coat to deliver a new class of security and optimisation solutions to enterprises battling security and business operational risks created by shadow IT systems, applications moving to the cloud and the explosive adoption of BYOD," said Clark. "Blue Coat is aggressively expanding our executive team with results-driven executives like Venkat, who will redefine the way enterprises protect and optimise their systems, data and people."

"The boundaries of the extended enterprise are at risk with the lack of governance for the use of cloud-based systems, rich Internet applications and employees that bring their own devices to the workplace," said Raghavan. "This, combined with the growing sophistication of malware and advanced persistent threats, creates the need for a new type of security system that protects the enterprise, as a highly mobile workforce demands anytime and anywhere access to corporate applications and data. I am very excited to join Blue Coat to lead innovation and deliver the next generation of security and optimisation products to our customers."

Prior to joining Blue Coat, Raghavan led engineering and development for IBM Internet Security Systems portfolio, where he was responsible for worldwide engineering and development of security software and hardware-optimised security appliances.


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