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Blue Coat is to acquire Solera Networks

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Blue Coat Systems has announced its planned acquisition of Solera Networks.

The deal will see Solera's Big Data analytics platform DeepSee added to Blue Coat's web filtering solution to offer protection, remediation and governance to the Blue Coat portfolio. The acquisition is expected to close within the next 30 days and financial details were not disclosed.

Adding Big Data analytics to its web filtering solutions, Chris Pace, director of product and solutions marketing at Blue Coat, told SC Magazine that this move will allow the company to "capture everything that is going on across the environment using an appliance".

He said: “With this we are turning Big Data into something usable for our users. From our point of view, Solera plays in a key area of IT security for visibility and also combines web security intelligence with details on threats.”

Steve Shillingford, CEO at Solera Networks, said: “Solera's software acts like a security camera on the network, providing a detailed record of all packets, flows and files to detect and analyse the full scope of today's advanced targeted attacks.

“Along with the Big Data security analytics and intelligence needed to see zero-day threats and advanced cyber attacks in real-time, Solera DeepSee provides unmatched security forensics to help enterprises answer critical post-breach questions on the nature of the attack and how to prevent it in the future.”

Charles Kolodgy, research vice president, security at IDC, said: “Traditional security solutions are becoming obsolete against today's advanced threats, as evidenced by constant stories announcing data breaches. Discovery and prevention of emerging threats has become one of the most critical priorities for C-level executives.

“Bringing together Solera's innovative security analytics capabilities with Blue Coat's comprehensive web intelligence should allow customers to fully monitor and enforce countermeasures on networks constantly under attack.”

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