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Blue Coat debuts new DLP appliances

Blue Coat Systems has introduced the Blue Coat Data Loss Prevention (DLP) family of appliances that provides comprehensive data loss protection in a single integrated appliance to enable compliance without complexity. With the addition of the DLP appliances to its hybrid Secure Web Gateway solution, Blue Coat now provides protection against both inbound malicious threats and outbound data loss.

“Regulatory compliance, in addition to the high cost of responding to information leaks, is driving more and more companies to adopt data-protection solutions,” said Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Nemertes senior vice president and founding partner. “However, many companies quickly discover that the cost and complexity of DLP solutions, added to the organizational and cultural challenges introduced by DLP, can lead to abandoned products or user backlash. Successful DLP projects are incremental in nature – they start off with a narrow set of well defined goals and build on success. In evaluating DLP solutions, companies should look for ease of use and flexible rules that support an incremental deployment.”

The Blue Coat DLP appliances integrate data loss protection for traffic on the network, including email and Web content, and data at rest in databases or on servers with a unified management system in a single, integrated platform. The unified management system provides security administrators with an intuitive dashboard for easy-to-understand configuration and management, simplifying the process of analyzing and fine tuning policies.

Blue Coat says its DLP appliances can typically be operational in one day or less, including installation and configuration; policy definition and content fingerprinting; initial monitoring and inspection of traffic; and incident analysis. In contrast, traditional DLP solutions require weeks, and even months, to deploy and reach full operation.

To further simplify deployment, Blue Coat DLP appliances enable administrators to configure the most critical functions first and add additional functionality over time. By eliminating the need to configure the full solution at initial deployment, businesses can deploy the appliances on a schedule that is optimized for their business and network environments.

Blue Coat DLP appliances are available in three models that support up to 250, 5,000 and 20,000 users, respectively. The appliances will be available on June 30, 2010, with list prices starting at $12,000.

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