Press Release

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

Acquisition to Deliver SSL Traffic Visibility to IDS/IPS, Advanced Malware and Forensic Solutions in the Blue Coat Partner Ecosystem

Thursday, May 9, 2013

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 9, 2013 – 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 risk.”

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 traffic 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 scale.”

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 communications.”

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 partners.

“Netronome’s SSL technology has played a valuable role in helping us to realize our Agile Security® 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 is a leading provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions. Blue Coat offers solutions that provide the visibility, acceleration and security required to optimize and secure the flow of information to any user, on any network, anywhere. This application intelligence enables enterprises to tightly align network investments with business requirements, speed decision making and secure business applications for long-term competitive advantage. Blue Coat also offers service provider solutions for managed security and WAN optimization, as well as carrier-grade caching solutions to save on bandwidth and enhance the end-user Web experience. For additional information, please visit bluecoat.com.

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