Blue Coat Debuts ProxyOne Web Security Appliance

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The hybrid appliance delivers real-time intelligence and automatic protection to allow businesses to safely use the Web.

Web security and WAN optimization solutions specialist Blue Coat announced the release of the ProxyOne Web security appliance, which integrates Web filtering, inline malware and antivirus scanning and on-box reporting. The appliance also includes pre-configured policies and delivers automatic software upgrades and immediate security updates.

Pricing for the first year starts at $8,999 for 100 users, which includes the appliance, software licenses, automatic security updates and 24x7 support. The appliance can scale to support up to 2,000 users. ProxyOne appliances are also available for a 30-day evaluation period under the company’s Try-and-Buy program offered through authorized channel partners.

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. Additionally, Blue Coat security experts continually update the WebPulse defenses to protect against new threats. With inline malware and anti-virus scanning at the Web gateway, ProxyOne appliances are designed to block malware executables before they get on the network.

ProxyOne appliances provide 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, while an interface allows businesses to customize the primary reporting window. Utilizing a combination of stream-splitting and caching technologies, ProxyOne appliances are also designed to prevent "video floods" that are caused when online video saturates the network.

"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."

Oakes said 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.

"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."