Blue Coat Systems has enhanced its web security solutions to offer more granular content ratings and actionable intelligence.

Called the Blue Coat Web Application Policy Engine, the company said it delivers advanced web application and operation controls that businesses require to effectively manage social media and other web-based applications.

According to the company, the update enables businesses to harness the power of web-based applications as they can set and enforce policies by a specific application, operation and category.

Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice-president at Blue Coat Systems, said: “Businesses are increasingly adopting web-based applications and utilising social media as part of their day-to-day operations, driving new demand for security that can keep pace with the dynamic nature of the web.

“Blue Coat Web Security solutions combine the protection, control and actionable intelligence to effectively manage the proliferation of web-based applications while mitigating the risks of data loss or lower employee productivity.”