Blue Coat Acquires Solera Networks, Adds Security Analytics and Threat Protection to Portfolio

Blue Coat - Solera Networks

Blue Coat - Solera Networks

Leading business assurance technology provider, Blue Coat Systems has announced that it will acquire Solera Networks, the industry’s leading provider of big data security intelligence and analytics for advanced threat protection. The strategic acquisition is expected to close within the next 30 days.

The Solera DeepSee platform will add industry-leading security analytics and forensic capabilities to the Blue Coat product portfolio. The platform will provide an end-to-end security solution that includes protection, remediation and governance.

Solera’s real-time intelligence capabilities, security visibility and forensic prowess complements Blue Coat’s comprehensive web-based threat intelligence capabilities. Key assets that now give businesses the ability to proactively identify and block security threats and breaches. This is a far cry from the traditional ‘sit-and-wait’ or reactionary approach to data security and integrity.

These technologies will work in tandem to leverage the industry’s most advanced root cause analysis capabilities and the network effect of 75 million users from over 15,000 customers worldwide, including 86% of the FORTUNE Global 500. Blue Coat currently rates more than one billion we requests per day.

Solera’s DeepSee platform helps defend against advanced persistent threats and targeted malware attacks. Solera’s customers includes Departments of Energy, Homeland Security and Defense, Hitachi, Qualcomm, just to name a few.

According to an IDC report on cybersecurity, global enterprises are projected to spend approximately $114 billion on security tools to help combat malware. There was a significant increase in the number of online attacks last year on the websites of top financial firms and other important organisations.

“Solera is the go-to system in our network that provides real-time visibility of advanced threats and zero-day attacks, as well as post-event ‘look back’ to easily identify the root cause and material impact of security breaches,” said Ramin Safai, chief information security officer at Jefferies. “Integrating Solera’s security analytics and advanced threat protection capabilities with the comprehensive threat visibility Blue Coat provides will be invaluable in helping us automate our security infrastructure to better protect our business against APTs and targeted malware attacks.”

Both companies will continue to embrace open architectures to future proof the customer network. By forging partnerships with leading, cream-of-the-crop vendors in the security space, the acquisition will gain threat intelligence and visibility into traffic.

Solera integrated its DeepSee platform with SSL technology from Netronome, which Blue Coat acquired earlier this month, enabling the capabilities of identifying threats hidden in encrypted traffic.

“Traditional security solutions are becoming obsolete against today’s advanced threats, as evidenced by constant stories announcing data breaches. Discovery and prevention of emerging threats has become one of the most critical priorities for C-level executives,” said Charles Kolodgy, research vice president, security at IDC. “Bringing together Solera’s innovative security analytics capabilities with Blue Coat’s comprehensive Web intelligence should allow customers to fully monitor and enforce countermeasures on networks constantly under attack.”

Blue Coat also introduced its SSL Visibility appliance as part of its new Business Assurance Technology Resolution Center. The Resolution Center is one of five technology centers that anchor Blue Coat Business Assurance Technology, making it possible for businesses and employees, customers and partners to safely and easily use the best technologies, applications, devices and services in the world.

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