Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a leading provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions, today announced that research firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded the Blue Coat® Secure Web Gateway solution its 2011 Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award in content filtering. Benchmarked across product and execution criteria, Blue Coat ranked higher than its top two competitors in four of the five categories and tied in the remaining one.
In selecting the Blue Coat Secure Web Gateway solution, Frost & Sullivan examined the top three competitors in the market and ranked them on unique features and functionality, quality and complexity, customization, brand perception of the uniqueness of the product and matching product to market needs. In features and functionality and matching product to market needs, Blue Coat scored a nine out of 10, above other competitors.
“Against the backdrop of a dynamic threat landscape, enterprises are searching for the best protection and greatest flexibility when implementing content security solutions,” said Martha Vazquez, analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Through our research and ranking process, we recognize that the Blue Coat Secure Web Gateway solution delivers excellence in the industry and is the best practice for content security.”
According to the research conducted by Frost & Sullivan for the Award, “Blue Coat’s hybrid design is unique and adds value to its customers by detecting two times Web threats over some competitors. It also offers comprehensive Web awareness and protection due to its 70 plus million users within their cloud community.”
“The survey conducted by Frost & Sullivan extends beyond just products and features to get at the heart of what customers look for in security solutions,” said Nigel Hawthorn, VP EMEA Marketing, Blue Coat Systems. “We are proud to win this award, which validates that the Blue Coat Secure Web Gateway solution (bluecoat.com) delivers the flexibility, quality and performance organizations require to meet their new Web security challenges.”
The Blue Coat Secure Web Gateway solution combines flexible policy controls with a real-time Web defense. With Blue Coat ProxySG® appliances, organizations can granularly manage Web content and applications, including social media applications. For example, an organization could allow access to Facebook but block access to games on Facebook. The appliances are backed by the cloud-based WebPulse™ service that provides real-time analysis of new and unknown Web content. By uniting more than 70 million users in a community defense, the WebPulse service has comprehensive intelligence about the Web ecosystem that it uses to identify malware and other malicious content.