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Automatic Web Protection From ProxyOne Hybrid Appliance

Blue Coat Systems : 13 January, 2011  (New Product)
Blue Coat Systems reduces IT resource requirements with comprehensive hybrid appliance for coping with growing web-based threats including social media
Blue Coat Systems has introduced the Blue Coat ProxyOne appliance. The ProxyOne appliance brings the same enterprise-class Web security used by 88 percent of the Fortune Global 500 to organizations that require a low-touch solution at an affordable price point.

For organizations with limited IT resources, the growing use of social media, combined with the rapid evolution of Web-based threats, presents a significant risk. In 2010, 70 percent of small and medium-sized businesses were using social media tools. According to Panda Security, 30 percent of those businesses reported malware infections spread via social networks. Traditional network security solutions adopted by these businesses, such as firewalls and desktop anti-virus software, cannot keep pace with these increasingly sophisticated Web-based threats. Instead, comprehensive protection requires a Web security defense to complement these traditional defences.

“The shift in business to the Web has exposed small and large businesses alike to greater risk, yet smaller businesses often lack the financial and IT resources to protect their users, making them more vulnerable to rapidly evolving Web-based threats,” said Lawrence Orans, research director at Gartner. “These smaller businesses need the same type of Web security that is commonly found in large enterprises but in a solution that is easy to manage, affordable and doesn’t require them to be security experts.”

The Blue Coat ProxyOne appliance integrates Web filtering, inline malware and anti-virus scanning and on-box reporting to enable safer use of Web 2.0 applications. To provide protection from the latest threats without requiring Web security expertise, ProxyOne appliances can be deployed and configured in six steps by an IT generalist. They also include pre-configured policies and deliver automatic software upgrades and immediate security updates. By integrating advanced Web security technologies into a low-touch platform, the ProxyOne appliances deliver the following benefits:

* Real-time Web Defence: For real-time ratings and immediate protection against Web threats, ProxyOne appliances utilize Blue Coat WebFilter and connect to the cloud-based Blue Coat WebPulse service. With more than 70 million users providing real-time requests into the service, WebPulse provides a comprehensive and current Web defense. Additionally, Blue Coat security experts continually update the WebPulse defences to protect against new threats. This protection is extended to remote users through Blue Coat ProxyClient software at no additional cost.

* Security without Compromising Performance: With inline malware and anti-virus scanning at the Web gateway, ProxyOne appliances block malware executables before they get on the network. Utilizing advanced caching technologies, ProxyOne appliances speed the scanning process with a “scan once, serve many” model, so businesses don’t have to compromise performance for security.

* Identify Infected End Users: ProxyOne appliances provide detailed on-box reporting of Web-based user activity, including potentially infected end users, compliance with usage policies and the number of threats attempting to access the network. A user-friendly interface allows businesses to customize the primary reporting window to best suit their requirements and concerns.

* Prevent Video Floods: Utilizing a combination of patented stream-splitting and caching technologies, ProxyOne appliances prevent “video floods” that are caused when online video saturates the network, potentially stopping the network from responding to requests.

“Blue Coat has a long history of leadership in the enterprise Web security market,” said Carrie Oakes, vice president and general manager of the ProxyOne business unit. “By integrating leading Web security technologies into a single appliance that is easy to deploy, configure and manage, a broader range of businesses can now benefit from Blue Coat’s leading Web security technology.”
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