Help is at hand for SMEs via new streamlined security appliance

A new comprehensive web security appliance has been unveiled by Blue Coat Systems. The ProxyOne appliance brings the same enterprise-class Web security used by 88% of the FORTUNE Global 500 to organisations that require a low-touch solution at a lower price point.

For organisations with limited IT resources, the growing use of social media, combined with the rapid evolution of Web-based threats, presents a significant risk.  In 2010, 70% of small and medium-sized businesses were using social media tools.  According to Panda Security, 30% of those businesses reported malware infections spread via social networks.  Traditional network security solutions adopted by these businesses, such as firewalls and desktop anti-virus software, cannot keep pace with these increasingly sophisticated Web-based threats.  Instead, comprehensive protection requires a Web security defence to complement these traditional defences.

“The shift in business to the Web has exposed small and large businesses alike to greater risk, yet smaller businesses often lack the financial and IT resources to protect their users, making them more vulnerable to rapidly evolving Web-based threats,” said Lawrence Orans, research director at Gartner.  “These smaller businesses need the same type of Web security that is commonly found in large enterprises but in a solution that is easy to manage, affordable and doesn’t require them to be security experts.”

The appliance integrates Web filtering, inline malware and anti-virus scanning and on-box reporting to enable safer use of Web 2.0 applications.  They also include pre-configured policies and deliver automatic software upgrades and immediate security updates.

For real-time ratings and immediate protection against Web threats, the appliances use WebFilter and connect to the cloud-based WebPulse service.  With more than 70 million users providing real-time requests into the service, WebPulse provides a comprehensive Web defence.  This protection is extended to remote users through ProxyClient software at no additional cost.

With inline malware and anti-virus scanning at the Web gateway, ProxyOne appliances block malware executables before they get on the network, and speed the scanning process using advanced caching technologies so businesses don’t have to compromise performance for security.

The appliances also provide detailed on-box reporting of Web-based user activity, including potentially infected end users, compliance with usage policies and the number of threats attempting to access the network.  A user-friendly interface allows businesses to customise the primary reporting window to best suit their requirements and concerns.

“Blue Coat has a long history of leadership in the enterprise Web security market,” said Nigel Hawthorn, VP EMEA Marketing, Blue Coat Systems.  “By integrating leading Web security technologies into a single appliance that is easy to deploy, configure and manage, a broader range of businesses can now benefit from Blue Coat’s leading Web security technology.”

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