Blue Coat Strengthens Executive Team With Three New Appointments

Monday October 20, 8:30 am ET- SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Blue Coat(TM) Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCSI) today announced three new appointments in an expansion of its existing senior management team. The new team will strengthen key areas of the business by ensuring continued development of leading products, driving revenue growth and related programs, and furthering cost efficiencies and business processes.

Dave de Simone — Sr. VP of Engineering

Dave de Simone will serve as senior vice president of engineering. He comes to Blue Coat with more than 25 years of engineering, operations, and business development experience in computer systems, software, and storage networking industries. Prior to joining Blue Coat, de Simone served as an engineering executive at Brocade Communications, Compaq/Tandem and Apple Computer.

Steve Mullaney — VP of Worldwide Marketing

Steve Mullaney will serve as vice president of worldwide marketing. He brings more than 18 years of marketing expertise to Blue Coat, with proven success as an executive at Force10 Networks, Cisco Systems, Growth Networks, and SynOptics/Bay Networks. During his tenure at SynOptics/Bay Networks, Mullaney held worldwide responsibilities for industry solutions and product marketing that led to the generation of more than $2 billion in annual revenue.

Dave Cox — VP of Operations

Dave Cox will serve as vice president of operations. He has more than 15 years of operations management experience in the networking and information technology industry. Prior to Blue Coat, Cox served as vice president of operations for RouteScience and Pluris, and as a manufacturing consultant for Hammerhead Systems. He also comes to Blue Coat with extensive manufacturing management experience from Cisco Systems.

“We’re excited to welcome these three seasoned executives to our winning team,” said Brian NeSmith, president and CEO of Blue Coat Systems. “Their strong operating experience will prove instrumental in supporting our customers and elevating the success of our market-leading appliances.”

About Blue Coat Systems

Blue Coat Systems provides secure proxy appliances that control user communications over the Web. Blue Coat ProxySG appliances integrate advanced proxy functionality with security services such as content filtering, instant messaging control and Web virus scanning — without impacting network performance. With more than 3,000 customers and over 14,000 appliances shipped worldwide, Blue Coat is trusted by many of the world’s most influential organizations to ensure a safe and productive Web environment. Blue Coat is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and can be reached at 408-220-2200 or

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Blue Coat Systems’ expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to Blue Coat Systems as of the date hereof, and Blue Coat Systems assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These and other risks relating to Blue Coat Systems’ business are set forth in Blue Coat Systems’ most recently filed Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2003, and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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