Kaspersky Anti-Virus Complements Blue Coat’s ICAP Gateway Appliance

Kaspersky Lab, the leading developer of secure content management solutions and Blue Coat(r) Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCSI), the leading provider of proxy appliances, announced today that Kaspersky Lab’s award-winning Anti-Virus engine will be supported on Blue Coat’s ProxyAV(tm) appliance. The ProxyAV platform with Kaspersky Anti-Virus support is available immediately.
br>Blue Coat’s ProxyAV and ProxySG(tm) appliances deliver the industry’s highest performing, most scalable and most manageable Internet gateway antivirus solution. Blue Coat is the only provider of Internet antivirus solutions to deliver up to 249 Mbps throughput for full antivirus scanning. It is also the only vendor to provide factory built integration beyond the Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP), for the improved error and message handling that enterprise deployments require. With ProxyAV now supporting Kaspersky Anti-Virus, customers can select the configuration that delivers the fastest and most effective detection of both known and unknown threats – while business proceeds without delay.
br>Kaspersky Lab is the leading developer of secure content management solutions that protect against viruses, Trojans, spyware, spam and hacker attacks. Around 100 IT security vendors around the world have integrated Kaspersky Anti-Virus into their own security solutions. Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus technology is internationally renowned for its speed of response to new threats, the industry’s most frequent updates and the most accurate malware detection. Independent market tests acknowledge Kaspersky Anti-Virus as the industry leading provider of virus protection combined with an aggressive approach to Trojan/Backdoor detection that is highly effective in addressing spyware. Together with Blue Coat’s best-in-class comprehensive spyware defenses at the gateway these capabilities provide a virtually impenetrable barrier against today’s threats.
br>”Kaspersky Lab’s dominance within the malware protection marketplace is built on a commitment to technical excellence, extensive customer support and highly collaborative partner relationships,” said Vitaly Bezrodnykh, Business Development Director of Kaspersky Lab. “Our aggressive approach to malware detection, benchmark-setting response times and our extensive work with best-in-class partners, such as Blue Coat, add up to cutting edge solutions for layered defense and unparalleled protection against all types of cyber threats.”
br>As enterprises increasingly use the Internet and web-based technologies for business activities – from web-based email to file transfers/downloads – they must defend against a host of vulnerabilities through which malware infections occur. Importantly, they must accomplish that without affecting real-time performance that users have come to expect. That dual challenge has inhibited the broad deployment of Internet gateway antivirus solutions, as competing systems can significantly degrade performance due to redundant scanning of repetitive web objects.
br>Blue Coat’s products enable organizations to overcome those obstacles. By employing a solution that combines a tightly integrated antivirus engine with a high performance gateway proxy, repetitive objects can be scanned once and then cached, allowing them to pass through unimpeded thereafter. This “scan-once-serve-many” approach results in significantly higher performance and efficiency – without sacrificing security. Blue Coat began shipping ProxyAV in June 2004. By adding the support of Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Blue Coat customers now have access to the most awarded antivirus engine – a fusion of Kaspersky’s know-how and innovations proven by the company’s 15-year experience in the field.
br>”Enterprises are deploying a greater number of web-enabled applications to open up broad options for flexible and cost-effective service deployment,” said Steve Mullaney, vice president of marketing, Blue Coat Systems. “However, some challenges come along with those opportunities. Inefficiencies inherent in the way web technologies interact often require organizations to sacrifice either security or performance, depending on the level of control they apply to Internet traffic. Proxies drastically change that equation by allowing organizations to exert greater control and ensure tighter security, all while actually improving performance. The addition of Kaspersky Lab’s technology and its delivery ‘on proxy’ provides customers with tremendously strong protection against rogue programs, without forcing them to take a hit to performance.”
br>The Power of the Proxy
br>Fueled by the “webification” of corporate applications and the increasingly strategic role the Internet serves within enterprise infrastructures, the need for better visibility into application traffic to provide the required levels of performance, security, and management has never been more critical – or more challenging. Proxy appliances are rapidly emerging as the foundation for enabling organizations to meet these requirements. By integrating security and acceleration functions into a single platform, Blue Coat proxy appliances represent the ideal solution for ensuring protection, control, and performance of web-based applications and services.
br>About Blue Coat Systems
br>Blue Coat helps organizations make the web safe and productive for business. Blue Coat proxy appliances provide visibility and control of web communications to protect against risks from spyware, web viruses, inappropriate Internet 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.
br>About Kaspersky Lab
br>Kaspersky Lab (www.kaspersky.com) develops, produces and distributes information security solutions that protect customers from IT threats and allow enterprises to manage risk. Kaspersky Lab’s products protect electronic information from viruses, spyware, adware, Trojans, hackers and spam for home users and corporate networks alike. For many years now the company has waged a battle against malicious programs, and in doing so has gained unique knowledge and skills that have Kaspersky Lab to become a technology leader and acknowledged expert in the development of secure content management solutions. Today, Kaspersky Lab’s products protect more than 75 million users worldwide and its technology is licensed by leading security vendors over the globe. To find out more about Kaspersky Lab, visit www.kaspersky.com.

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