Sydney, Australia, April 14, 2016 – Blue Coat, Inc., a leading provider of advanced web security solutions for global enterprises and governments, today announced its Cloud Ready Partner Program, forming a broad Cloud Security Partner Ecosystem. The Cloud Ready Partner Program creates an open framework to allow a select set of security vendors and SaaS (Security as a Service) companies to deeply integrate and certify their services and cloud applications directly into the Blue Coat Security Platform. This level of integration allows customers ease of transition to the cloud while maintaining critical visibility and control between users and applications.
Charter members of the Blue Coat Cloud Ready Partner Program are: AirWatch, AlienVault, Box, Centrify, Dropbox, E8 Security, Exabeam, Fortscale, Gemalto, HP, Oracle, Seculert, Splunk and Symantec.
The Blue Coat Cloud Ready Partner Program is designed to provide customers a method to integrate and adopt new services into a broader security framework for the Cloud Generation, limiting the risk of cloud adoption and Shadow IT.
Together with Blue Coat and certified Cloud Ready Partner solutions, customers will be able to leverage their established security services, as well as tie together new technologies into the Blue Coat Cloud Security Platform. Certification examples include:
• Automatically share rich cloud web gateway and CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) data with SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) and User Behavior Analytics services
• Share intelligence with breach detection platforms to help fine tune security defenses
• Provision user devices to automatically connect to Blue Coat Cloud Enterprise Mobile Management
• Provide full control and data protection for cloud applications
"SaaS and Cloud allow for visibility of assets, data and events that’s difficult or impossible to achieve in traditional IT environments,” says Adrian Sanabria, senior analyst, information security at 451 Research. “We believe the value of today's security products is tied to the ability to integrate with the customer’s existing investments. The maturation of cloud security products has made it possible for IT security to keep up with the pace of SaaS and IoT innovation, while broad integration is simultaneously decreasing the effort and cost associated with security operations. We’re excited to see the industry expectation is quickly moving from API ubiquity to bidirectional integration becoming a standard."
“Security is a team sport and only by working together will we get ahead of the bad guys,” said Peter Doggart, vice president, business development. “We’re moving into a very exciting time in IT, where we can start to really work together in an environment that was born to be dynamic-- the cloud. It will enable us to share intelligence, use services and react to attacks or data breaches incredibly efficiently.”
“As long-time partners, AirWatch and Blue Coat are committed to serving our mutual customers’ management and security needs as they transition from the client-server to the mobile-cloud era,” said Erik Frieberg, vice president, marketing, end-user computing, VMware. “As a part of the Cloud Ready Partner Program, we can expand our existing VMware AirWatch® and Blue Coat technology interoperations and deepen our partnership with Elastica to further empower organisations as they transform their businesses.”
“Cloud security concerns remain at an all-time high, yet cloud computing is becoming commonplace within organisations,” said Andy Johnson, senior vice president of business development. “We’re excited to partner with Blue Coat in its Cloud Ready Partner Program, working together to help customers simplify cloud security. By providing essential tools to achieve complete security visibility into cloud infrastructures, we hope to simplify cloud security management for organisations of all sizes.”
“As businesses adopt cloud technologies to become more productive and collaborative, security is paramount,” said Roger Murff, vice president of business development & technology partnerships, Box. "At Box we see value in ecosystems like the Blue Coat Cloud Ready Partner Program that make it easier for businesses to find services that work seamlessly together and add new layers of security and control to their most valuable content."
"Centrify is excited to be a Cloud Ready Blue Coat Partner and believes that adding this designation to our existing Blue Coat partnership strengthens the bonds between our companies. Centrify Identity Service provides an on-ramp to Blue Coat Cloud Services using Identity to send the right users to the right Blue Coat Services across devices.” Benjamin Rice, vice president business development, Centrify Corporation.
“E8 Security’s participation in the Blue Coat Cloud Ready Program further strengthens our technology partner ecosystem, helping our customers maintain the critical visibility and control needed as their business extends to the cloud,” said Matt Rodgers, head of product management at E8 Security. “The integration between the E8 Security Behavioural Intelligence Platform and Blue Coat’s Cloud Ready Partner Program provides our customers with a stronger security posture to more effectively combat today’s advanced threats.”
“The boundaries between the cloud and the data center are dissolving, and customers need a way to analyse behavior across any and all applications and services,” said Ted Plumis, vice president of channels and business development at Exabeam. “The combination of Exabeam’s security intelligence and threat hunting solutions and Blue Coat’s cloud security solution enables better visibility and understanding of insider risk."
Fortscale is proud to be a launch partner of the Blue Coat Cloud Ready Program," said Kurt Stammberger, CISSP and chief marketing officer at Fortscale, which fights insider threats with automated, self-tuning behavior analytics. "Fortscale engineers are excited about the advanced and diverse technology of the Blue Coat Security Platform. Leveraging this alliance, Fortscale will be able to tap into the rich set of Blue Coat Cloud Web Security Service logs. That will significantly enhance Fortscale customers' Insider Threat 'catch-rate' while reducing SOC analyst workloads.”
“We are very excited to be a charter member of Blue Coat’s Cloud Ready Partner Program and help build an ecosystem of integrated technology partners that simplifies cloud adoption and security for enterprises,” said David Etue, vice president of business development, identity and data protection at Gemalto. “Gemalto enables enterprises and organisations to move to the cloud with confidence and protect their mission-critical applications and sensitive data with our market-leading multi-factor authentication, encryption and key management solutions.”
“The Blue Coat Cloud Ready Program enables us to deliver continuous attack detection, analytics and protection from the cloud. Seculert’s attack detection solutions pinpoint attacks in progress, our security assessment solution continuously tests your outbound defences, and the Blue Coat Cloud Ready Program helps optimise Blue Coat solutions to protect your company against the latest real-world malware.” Richard Greene, chief executive officer, Seculert.
“Given the need today to capture, analyse and protect traffic across hybrid cloud applications and services, the combination of Splunk’s solutions along with Blue Coat’s hybrid cloud security solution enables better security & incident response capabilities to our joint customers.” Haiyan Song, senior vice president, security markets at Splunk.
“We’re very excited about extending our partnership with Blue Coat through participation in the Cloud Ready Partner Program,” said Nicolas Popp, vice president, information protection, Symantec. “Providing a means to leverage their existing investments in Symantec Data Loss Prevention (DLP) to protect the cloud provides even greater value to our joint customers. Building on this current integration we’ll look to develop even broader cloud-based support with Blue Coat in future releases.”
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