SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 25, 2013) - Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in Web security and WAN optimization, today commended U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for its enforcement action against Computerlinks FZCO in connection with the unlawful diversion of Blue Coat ProxySG appliances to Syria. BIS previously penalized Wassim Jawad and Infotech in 2011 for their involvement in this unlawful transfer.
"We commend the BIS for pursuing and penalizing the third parties responsible for the unlawful transfer of our products to Syria without our knowledge. We take care to ensure that our products are sold in accordance with laws that prohibit the sale of our technology for certain end uses and to certain destinations and end users. We have cooperated extensively with the U.S. government and will continue to support its ongoing investigation into the unlawful diversion of our products as required," said David Murphy, COO and president of Blue Coat Systems.
All Blue Coat sales are generated through channel partners, and Blue Coat requires its partners to strictly adhere to all applicable export control laws and to uphold the Blue Coat Ethics Policy. Blue Coat terminated its contractual agreement with Computerlinks FZCO Dubai in 2011 in connection with its investigation into the illegal diversion of its products to Syria. Blue Coat has not sold any products or services to Computerlinks FZCO Dubai since that time.
Blue Coat has also taken additional steps to guard against future diversions of its products by third parties and bolster its compliance program. Blue Coat has increased employee training, added new compliance personnel, upgraded its export control screening systems, revised its compliance policies, and implemented new agreements with its channel partners, both direct and indirect, that include extensive compliance commitments.
"Throughout 2013, we will continue to review our business, policies and procedures and engage with key stakeholders, including our channel partners, to determine what steps we can take to further limit the unlawful diversion and misuse of our products," Murphy said.
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