JVC Secures Web Communications With Blue Coat

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 14, 2005 — Blue Coat® Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCSI), a leading provider of proxy appliances, today announced that Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) is leveraging the Blue Coat ProxySGTM appliance to provide a single point of visibility, security and control over user Web communications. JVC worked with Macnica Networks, a Blue Coat reseller in Japan, to implement the high-performance Blue Coat platform.

Blue Coat is helping JVC eliminate risks to its business associated with Web communications. JVC needed the ability to restrict users from posting to Internet message boards, using instant messaging and accessing Web-based email, while at the same time allowing a select number of users to have unlimited Web access. The Blue Coat ProxySG 8000 Series appliance was deployed to fulfill these requirements and also integrate with the company’s existing Web anti-virus solution. Once implemented, the solution also increased Web traffic response times for the company’s more than 8,000 employees.

“The Internet is a critical component of JVC’s business, but its use has created significant risks in the form of spyware, Web-based viruses and the potential to leak proprietary information,” said Toshiyuki Ohashi, JVC project manager for Macnica Networks. “The Blue Coat proxy appliance has become the central point of JVC’s infrastructure, allowing them to easily apply granular controls across individual users or groups.”

The Blue Coat ProxySG appliance is based on Blue Coat’s custom, object-based operating system with integrated caching. The appliance plugs into existing authentication systems to enable granular policy enforcement down to the individual user. As a middle-man between users on the network and the Internet, organizations such as JVC are able to have comprehensive visibility into Web traffic traversing the network perimeter.

“The Blue Coat proxy appliance is the ideal platform for securing Web communications, from instant messaging and Web-based email, to posting on Web message boards,” said Matthew Young, vice president of Asia Pacific for Blue Coat. “Blue Coat gives organizations visibility and control of Web communications with a single platform that dramatically reduces the total cost of operations.”

About JVC
Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) has more than 8,000 employees and is one of the world’s leading companies in the research & development, manufacturing and sales of audio, visual and computer-related consumer products. JVC also specializes in professional electronics and software, as well as media products such as magnetic tapes and disks.

About Blue Coat Systems
Blue Coat enables organizations to keep “good” employees from doing “bad” things on the Internet. Blue Coat proxy appliances provide visibility and control of Web communications to protect against risks from spyware, Web viruses, inappropriate Web surfing, instant messaging (IM), video streaming and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing – while actually improving Web performance. Trusted by many of the world’s largest organizations, Blue Coat has shipped more than 20,000 proxy appliances. Blue Coat is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and can be reached at (408) 220-2200 or www.bluecoat.com.

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