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Feb 8 2011   3:12PM GMT

Blue Coat jumps on as-a-service bandwagon with web security

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Guest blogger David Strom pointed out that many concerns surrounding cloud security can be traced to applications that were faulty long before being deployed in the cloud. Blue Coat’s new web security as a service is one way to keep track of the applications you’re currently deploying in the cloud. Following the model of cloud service itself, the service is pay-as-you-go and based on a subscription system that allows a certain level of customization depending on your company’s needs. The biggest selling point? Your ability to manage and deploy the service from anywhere in the world.


  • “Real-time malware protection” – Inline malware scanning means no gaps in malware protection.
  • “Comprehensive web content filtering” – Identify and filter web traffic in real time, allowing enforcement of policy for compliance.
  • “Granular web application controls” – Eliminates the need to ban tools such as social networking across the board based on a few faulty elements. Control features available to users in certain networking and webmail services.
  • “Policy management and reporting” – Enforce network policies, integrate in-place authentication systems, obtain reports on network use based on user, group or the enterprise as a whole.


One of Blue Coat’s goals is flexibility, and it seems to achieve just that, at least when it comes to options for connectivity: IPSec VPN, proxy chaining, explicit proxy, and client agent.

As Program VP of security products and services at IDC, Chris Christiansen, pointed out to V3.co.uk, services such as Blue Coat Cloud Service Web Security Module are appealing to organizations with growing numbers of mobile workers and devices. Currently in beta testing and projected to be available in April, the offering opens up Blue Coat’s enterprise-level technologies to smaller companies, a market that seems to be high on the unlikeliest of priority lists. The cost of the service, which starts at $12 per user per year based on number of subscribers, is backed by a guaranteed 99.999% uptime SLA.

What other security-as-a -service offerings are you keeping track of or subscribing to? Are you currently signed up for Blue Coat’s offering? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this and other services. Send me an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

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