Blue Coat Systems, Inc., the technology leader in Web security and WAN optimization solutions, today announced it led the Secure Web Gateway market in 2011, according to the latest market share report from research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc.  In the report, Blue Coat is the leader with 17 percent of the $1.95 billion Secure Web Gateway market, which combines both appliances and software solutions. In the appliance segment of the market, Blue Coat has more than 44 percent of the market, surpassing its closest competitor by more than 30 percentage points.  With 85 percent of FORTUNE Global 500 companies as customers, Blue Coat Unified Security solutions continue to set the standard for protecting enterprises.
“The adoption of bring your own device initiatives, cloud-based applications and social networking within the enterprise are eliminating traditional security boundaries and fundamentally changing how businesses need to secure their networks,” said Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Blue Coat Systems. “Blue Coat continues to lead this market by delivering the innovations in threat defenses and policy control that allow businesses to consistently protect their employees and data as they move across networks and devices.”
The Blue Coat Unified Security solution enables the extended enterprise to expand its secure perimeter to all users on devices across the network by delivering Global Threat Defense, Universal Policy and Unified Reporting across its Blue Coat® ProxySG® appliances and its Internet-based Blue Coat Cloud Service. The Unified Security solution is the only one in the industry that leverages the same protection and control infrastructures across both appliances and the cloud, enabling enterprises to seamlessly extend policies to all users, regardless of location.
Beyond the challenges of protecting highly mobile employees, businesses are also facing increasing more sophisticate Web-based threats. According to the Blue Coat 2012 Web Security Report, companies face an average of 5,000 Web threats each month. Driven by real-time requests and advanced analysis, the Blue Coat WebPulse collaborative defense has comprehensive visibility into Web and malnet (malware network) ecosystems. By tracking and understanding the malnet infrastructures that are embedded in the Internet with the express purpose of launching ongoing attacks on unsuspecting users, WebPulse can provide a Negative Day Defense that blocks attacks at their source before they launch. Currently, Blue Coat is tracking more than 500 individual malnets.
 Market Share: Security Software, Worldwide, 2011, March 29, 2012, Gartner, Inc.
 The 44% SWG appliance reflects $331.6 million (Blue Coat’s 2011 revenue estimate) of $739.3 million (the total market revenue for SWG appliances). The 17% SWG total appliance and software reflects $331.6 million (Blue Coat’s total revenue) of $1952.3 million (the total revenue for SWG appliances plus software).
About Blue Coat Systems
Blue Coat Systems (bluecoat.com) is a leading provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions. Blue Coat offers solutions that provide the visibility, acceleration and security required to optimize and secure the flow of information to any user, on any network, anywhere. This application intelligence enables enterprises to tightly align network investments with business requirements, speed decision making and secure business applications for long-term competitive advantage. Blue Coat also offers service provider solutions for managed security and WAN optimization, as well as carrier-grade caching solutions to save on bandwidth and enhance the end-user Web experience. Blue Coat is a Thoma Bravo company.
Blue Coat, ProxySG, WebPulse and the Blue Coat logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Blue Coat Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.
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Manal Abi Rafeh, Blue Coat Systems ME
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