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Blue Coat, IBM expand relationship

The expanded relationship between IBM and Blue Coat provides clients with a managed service that enables greater protection against Web-based threats and enforcement of corporate IT policies while lowering overall management costs.


IDC forecasts the Web Security market to grow to US$2.5 billion by 2013, driven by the widespread proliferation of Web-based threats and the adoption of next-generation Web-based technologies.


This recent IDC study elaborates on the new vulnerabilities associated with Web 2.0 technologies and emphasises the importance of adopting the latest Web security tools to combat these new threats.


IBM and Blue Coat already support many large enterprise customers worldwide, including a diversified, global company that provides vital products and services to customers in more than 60 countries. The easy-to-manage security solution simplifies policy administration and configuration for better corporate security and allows customers to focus on their business while relying on the expertise, services and products of IBM and Blue Coat to guard against emerging threats.

"While IBM and Blue Coat have been working together to help enterprise clients for nearly a decade, today’s agreement provides a new addition to the IBM managed security services portfolio,” said Marisa Viveros, VP, IBM Security Services. "The combination of IBM Security’s industry-leading managed security services and Blue Coat’s enterprise-class solutions provides clients powerful, flexible and cost-effective protection for their infrastructure and information assets. Additionally, the IBM Secure Web Gateway service further rounds out our managed security services portfolio by adding to the existing multivendor and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions in the URL and Web filtering space."


This announcement builds on the IBM Security Solutions strategy of building superior products and services as well as working with industry partners to provide a range of offerings to meet customer requirements.  Through product offerings, professional security services and managed security services, IBM provides ultimate flexibility and breadth of solutions as a trusted security advisor.


Blue Coat Systems a provider of Application Delivery Networking solutions and IBM have signed a global agreement under which IBM will provide a new Managed Security Service Secure Web Gateway offering to new and existing clients that use Blue Coat appliances.

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