On the 13th of June, I attended the Blue Coat Partner Strategy Sessions in London. These sessions were organized for a select group only. Of course, I have been paying good attention so I could summarize the 5 most important findings for you.
1. The Common Operating Environment (COE)
Blue Coat’s Common Operation Environment (COE) forms the underlying core operation system. It will be further enhanced and it will be used throughout all products of Blue Coat’s portfolio. What are the advantages? Well, there are two:
- All building blocks can easily be integrated in a shared management platform (management center) by means of common services and a standards-based API.
- It accelerates the adoption of new technologies as well as the development of new deployment options as Blue Coat moves from physical hardware to virtual form factors and public cloud.
2. Blue Coat Cloud Security Services
Most of the Blue Coat platforms (Secure Web Gateway, Content Analysis, centralized reporting…) are also provided by means of a cloud-based managed service and as you know, clouds have many silver linings. These Blue Coat cloud-based platforms for example, allow customers to more efficiently streamline security policy enforcement for users located both on-premise and off-premise. Furthermore, Blue Coat willstrengthen its Cloud Security Service through the Malware Analysis (sandboxing) technology; cloud-to-cloud Elastica CASB integration and centralized management.
Blue Coat’s platforms also play an important role when it comes to the European GDPR regulation. This was a hot topic at the gathering. The GDPR regulation is scheduled to be enforced in 2018. The ultimate goal is providing data protection and privacy to individuals throughout the European Union. Many companies are now taking the necessary steps to comply with those regulations. Blue Coat’s platforms can make an important contribution because they offer direct insight and they control (filtering) capabilities for all end-user traffic.
3. Encrypted Traffic Management: SSL Visibility Appliance
As you know, encryption helps you to protect the privacy and the integrity of communications, but there can be a dark cloud on the horizon: the majority of today’s cyber threats are hiding in encrypted communications. Fortunately, the Blue Coat SSL Visibility Appliance gives you an ‘x-ray insight’ into all your encrypted traffic and it offers the possibility to easily add SSL/TLS decryption and inspection capabilities to your existing network security solutions such as Next Generation Firewalls, Intrusion Prevention Systems or Advanced Threat Protection systems (incl. sandboxes). The appliance uses Blue Coat’s Global Intelligence Network for up-to-date threat knowledge and it uses traffic categorization to enable comprehensive policy enforcement and compliancy with regulation.
Want to know more about Blue Coat Encrypted traffic management? Visit the Blue Coat website.
4. Elastica CASB Integration
Last year, Blue Coat acquired Elastica, the leading Cloud Application Security Broker (CASB) platform. Elastica offers a global security platform that provides visibility, control and data-level security in SaaS (software-as-a-service) applications, both company-sanctioned and private.
During the sessions, a tighter integration of Elastica’s audit-function with Blue Coat’s Secure Web Gateway platforms was shown. This integration enables the visualization of the SaaS application in the management interface of the proxy. On top of that it allows the filtering of traffic, even before it leaves the company network!
5. Symantec announces intention to acquire Blue Coat
Last but not least, Blue Coat announced that they will be acquired by Symantec. This acquisition will be completed by the end of 2016. According to the two companies, this will complete and strengthen their portfolio.