Blue Coat Acquires Netronome SSL Technology to Extend Leadership in Enterprise Security

Blue Coat Acquires Netronome SSL Technology to Extend Leadership in Enterprise 
Acquisition to Deliver SSL Traffic Visibility to IDS/IPS, Advanced
Malware and Forensic Solutions in the Blue Coat Partner Ecosystem 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/09/13 --    Blue Coat Systems,
Inc., a market leader in Web security and WAN optimization, today
announced that it has acquired the SSL appliance product line from
Netronome, a leader in flow processing. The Netronome SSL appliances
enhance Blue Coat's ability to enable a safe and productive Internet
experience for enterprise organizations.  
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 at Blue Coat Systems. "By analyzing
SSL traffic within the network, corporations substantially reduce
The market-leading 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 seamlessly integrate into
existing security environments to protect infrastructure investments
while mitigating costly 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 analyze the data for threats or data breaches.  
"Increasingly, analytics is an important tool for analyzing 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 traff
ic 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
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
The Netronome appliances are currently available through certified
OEM partners, including Sourcefire and VSS Monitoring, and will be
available through authorized 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
"Netronome's SSL technology has played a valuable role in helping us
to realize our Agile Security(R) vision," said Tom McDonough,
president and COO of Sourcefire. "Blue Coat's acquisition of the
technology will broaden our existing technology partnership and
enhance global support benefits to our customer base." 
About Blue Coat Systems
 Blue Coat Systems provides Web security and
WAN optimization solutions to 86 percent of FORTUNE Global 500
companies. As the market share leader in the secure web gateway
market, Blue Coat sets the standard for enterprise security. Its
solutions provide the visibility, protection and control required to
optimize and secure the flow of information to any user, on any
network, anywhere. For additional information, please visit 
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