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Blue Coat Systems, Inc.

March 03, 2015 09:12 ET

Blue Coat Launches Encrypted Traffic Management Ready Certification Program

ETM Ready Will Generate Best-in-Class Solutions for Combating Security Threats Hidden in Encrypted Traffic

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 3, 2015) - Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in enterprise security, today launched the Blue Coat Encrypted Traffic Management (ETM) Ready Certification Program. The ETM Ready Certification Program is designed to prepare Blue Coat Business Assurance Technology Partners to integrate interoperable SSL visibility solutions into the Blue Coat architecture, resulting in best-in-class security products to effectively detect, prevent and eliminate the hidden threats in encrypted traffic.

The use of encryption across a wide variety of websites -- both business and consumer -- is increasing as concerns around personal privacy grow. For example, Google, Amazon and Facebook have all switched to an "always on HTTPS" model to secure all data in transit using SSL encryption. This growing use of encryption to address privacy concerns is creating perfect conditions for cyber criminals to hide malware inside encrypted transactions. In addition, Blue Coat researchers have found that it often reduces the level of sophistication required for malware to avoid detection; thereby making it easier for malware to get onto the network.

"Protecting privacy while keeping an enterprise network safe can be tricky," said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group. "This certification program is a way to enable companies to achieve both security and privacy with proven security solutions that are well integrated; thereby providing an added benefit of a potential return on investment."

ETM Ready Certification enables Blue Coat technology partners to build solutions that combat security threats hidden in encrypted traffic, while preserving the ability of enterprise customers to manage privacy, policy and regulatory compliance. By integrating their products with the Blue Coat SSL Visibility Appliance, Blue Coat technology partners can offer solutions to detect, prevent and eliminate the hidden threats in encrypted traffic.

"The use of encryption is increasing to protect consumer privacy. While this is a great thing, we're already seeing malware hide behind encryption to evade detection, so it is crucial that we provide solutions that account for the needs of our enterprise customers to protect privacy while also shoring up a growing security vulnerability," said Peter Doggart, vice president of business development for Blue Coat. "Blue Coat is the trusted architecture for security to many of largest enterprises across the globe. The ETM Ready program continues to deliver on this mission by enabling top-tier companies to integrate with our architecture, producing solutions that protect networks while eliminating encrypted traffic blind spots. The ETM Ready program benefits all types of enterprises from financial institutions, healthcare organizations, government agencies, oil and gas producers, retailers, manufacturing and more."

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Founding ETM Ready partners include:

CA Technologies
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate -- across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at

Cyphort is an innovative provider of Advanced Threat Protection solutions that deliver a complete defense against current and emerging Advanced Persistent Threats, targeted attacks and zero day vulnerabilities. The Cyphort Platform accurately detects and analyzes next generation malware, providing actionable, contextual intelligence that enables security teams to respond to attacks faster, more effectively, and in as surgical a manner as their attackers. Cyphort's software-based, distributed architecture offers a cost effective, high performance approach to detecting and protecting an organization's virtual, physical and cloud infrastructure against sophisticated attacks. Malware detection for Windows, OSX and Linux allows businesses to extract maximum value from IT assets without compromising the security of an organization. Founded by experts in advanced threats from government intelligence agencies and premier network security companies, Cyphort is a privately held company headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit:

As a leader in automated breach defense, Damballa delivers advanced threat protection and containment for active threats that bypass all security prevention layers. Born for breach defense, Damballa rapidly discovers infections with certainty, pinpointing the compromised devices that represent the highest risk to a business, and enabling prioritized response and refocusing of security experts to the areas of greatest risk to an enterprise. Our patented solutions leverage Big Data from one-third of the world's Internet traffic, combined with machine learning, to automatically discover and terminate criminal activity, stop data theft, minimize business disruption, and reduce the time to response and remediation. Damballa protects any device or OS including PCs, Macs, Unix, iOS, Android, and embedded systems. Damballa protects more than 400 million endpoints globally at enterprises in every major market and for the world's largest ISP and telecommunications providers. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @DamballaInc.

General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions
General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions offers a comprehensive portfolio of products, services and expertise to combat today's sophisticated advanced threats and prevent data breaches. Our commercial enterprise and government customers around the globe can face advanced threats with confidence through use of our Network Defense and Forensics Services, delivered by a team of security professionals with decades of hands-on experience, and our award-winning Fidelis XPS Advanced Threat Defense products, which provide visibility and control over the entire threat life cycle. To learn more about General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions, please visit

HP is a leading provider of enterprise security solutions designed to mitigate risk and defend against today's most advanced threats. With market-leading solutions, services and research, HP Enterprise Security enables organizations to take a proactive approach to security, integrating information correlation, application analysis and network-level defense. For more information, visit

Lastline is innovating the way companies detect active breaches caused by advanced persistent threats, targeted attacks and evasive malware with its software-based Breach Detection Platform. Lastline's open architecture integrates advanced threat defenses and intelligence into existing operational workflows and security systems. Inspection of suspicious objects occurs at scale in real-time using a full-system emulation approach to sandboxing that is superior to virtual machine-based and OS emulation techniques. Lastline's technology correlates network and object analysis to achieve timely breach confirmation and incident response. Lastline was built by Anubis and Wepawet researchers and industry veterans with decades of experience focused specifically on advanced breach weaponry and tactics. Headquartered in Redwood City, California with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia, Lastline's platform is used by global managed security service providers, Global 2000 enterprises and leading security vendors worldwide. To learn more, visit

RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), provides Intelligence Driven Security solutions to help organizations reduce the risks of operating in a digital world. Through visibility, analysis, and action, RSA solutions give customers the ability to detect, investigate and respond to advanced threats; confirm and manage identities; and ultimately, help prevent IP theft, fraud and cybercrime. For more information on RSA, please visit

SafeNet, Inc.
SafeNet, Inc. is one of the largest information security companies in the world, and is trusted to protect the most sensitive data for market-leading organizations around the globe. SafeNet's data-centric approach focuses on the protection of high-value information throughout its lifecycle, from the data center to the cloud. More than 25,000 customers across commercial enterprises and government agencies trust SafeNet to protect and control access to sensitive data, manage risk, ensure compliance, and secure virtual and cloud environments. 

Venafi is the market leading cybersecurity company in Next-Generation Trust Protection. Venafi secures and protects the trust established by keys and certificates so it cannot be misused by cybercriminals. The Venafi platform works to eliminate the blind spots from encrypted threats by finding all keys and certificates, establishing ownership and safely delivering trusted keys for SSL decryption and threat protection.

VSS Monitoring
VSS Monitoring provides solutions that monitor, analyze and defend today's dynamic network. VSS's Unified Visibility Plane delivers global visibility to network and application monitoring tools, reinforces layered security without performance impact, and provides on-demand network intelligence. Proven in enterprise-scale data centers and service provider environments, VSS Network Packet Brokers (NPBs) simplify IT operations, improve efficiency of tools, and strengthen security systems. For more information, visit

Supporting Quotes from the founding ETM Ready Certified Partners

CA Technologies
"Partnering is integral to doing business in the application economy and CA Technologies is committed to aligning with its partners to develop innovative solutions. As a founding member of Blue Coat's ETM Ready Certification Program, we look forward to collaborating for the success of our mutual customers in the marketplace."

 - Tony Jennings, Vice President, Global Technology Partners

"Customer privacy has been top of mind for website operators recently and has helped accelerate the adoption of the SSL protocol. While great for the consumer, it has created a blind spot for enterprise security solutions where activities of malicious actors can remain undetected. This partnership provides Cyphort Advanced Threat Defense Platform unprecedented visibility into the SSL encrypted traffic; thus unveiling any malicious activity that might have gone undetected otherwise."

 - Jeremy Carlson, Sr. Director, Business Development

"Visibility into network communications is critical to unearthing hidden, compromised machines under a threat actor's control. Through partnering with Blue Coat ETM, Damballa Failsafe empowers organizations to discover malicious encrypted communications emanating from compromised machines, which would otherwise elude traditional defenses."

 - Stephen Newman, Vice President, Product Management

General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions:
"Our customers have known for years how important it is to inspect encrypted traffic as part of a comprehensive approach to maintaining protocol-independent visibility and control over their data networks with the combination of Fidelis XPS and Blue Coat's SSL Visibility appliance. We are delighted to extend our partnership with Blue Coat as an inaugural participant in the ETM Ready program to continue helping customers thwart today's most advanced adversaries."

 - Will Irace, Vice President, Technology Alliances

"The combination of Blue Coat's encrypted traffic management system and the Lastline Breach Detection Platform delivers a powerful new way to detect threats within SSL traffic while preserving privacy as well as policy and regulatory compliance. This is significant because more than half of enterprise applications today use SSL and encrypted traffic can create blind spots where advanced and evasive threats can hide."

 - Freddy Mangum, CMO, Lastline

"RSA is proud to be a founding ETM Ready partner with Bluecoat. This builds on a longstanding relationship between two enterprise security leaders and further enhances the value proposition for RSA® Security Analytics customers looking to leverage Bluecoat for encrypted traffic visibility."

 - Chad Loeven, Director Partnerships, RSA

"The inability to inspect SSL/TLS encrypted traffic undermines traditional layered defenses and increases the risk of breach and data loss. Having automatic, secure access to all enterprise keys and digital certificates maximizes the amount of decrypted traffic and eliminates blind spots that are otherwise hidden in encrypted traffic. Not to mention it makes it incredibly easy to get started. Every extra key and certificate available for decryption means one less place for bad guys to hide, infiltrate your network, and steal data."

 - Kevin Bocek, Vice President of Security Strategy and Threat Intelligence

VSS Monitoring
"As cyber-crime and politically motivated cyber attacks increase risk online, we have seen encrypted traffic significantly increase within customers' networks as well. This change increases data security, but it poses simultaneous visibility challenges. We are pleased to partner with Blue Coat to provide a comprehensive, high-performance, and scalable network visibility solution. Our customers can examine clear-text and encrypted traffic from a unified system, allowing their security infrastructure to reduce the risk that bad actors can hide their attacks within SSL or TLS."

 - Andrew Harding, Vice President of Products & Marketing at VSS Monitoring

About Blue Coat Systems
Blue Coat is a leader in enterprise security, providing on-premise, hybrid and cloud-based solutions for protecting web connectivity, combating advanced threats and responding to security breaches. Blue Coat is the global market leader in securing connection to the web and counts nearly 80 percent of the Global Fortune 500 as its customers. For additional information, please visit

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