Blue Coat Earns US Government Certification

Sunnyvale, Calif., Oct. 4, 2005 – Blue Coat® Systems (Nasdaq: BCSI), a leading provider of proxy appliances, today announced the ProxySG operating system has been tested and certified by the NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership) for use in all U.S. government installations and in other countries that are participants in the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) for conformance to the Common Criteria for IT Security Evaluation.

Blue Coat has completed the NIAP EAL2 (Evaluation Assurance Level 2) for the ProxySG, and is now posted on the approved vendor product listing site by NIAP (

NIAP is a federal entity jointly managed by private and public US government agencies, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is part of the US Department of Commerce, and the National Security Agency (NSA), within the US Department of Defense. The NIST and NSA have established an exhaustive review program within NIAP known as Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme for IT Security (CCEVS), which impartially evaluates and certifies commercial IT products to ensure conformance to certain standards and security requirements.

NIAP is part of a worldwide group of standards bodies who recognize each other’s test results under the “Common Criteria” scheme. Common Criteria represents the outcome of efforts to develop criteria for evaluation of IT security that are widely accepted within the international community. Under this scheme, the Blue Coat ProxySG operating system conforms to Common Criteria EAL 2, and European ITSEC level E1. This includes standards bodies in the USA, all European Union countries, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and India.

“The Common Criteria certification of Blue Coat’s ProxySG technology is a significant accomplishment in meeting the requirements of rigorous EAL security standards. Our lab has independently verified that the ProxySG operating system meets the claimed web security functionality, and that Blue Coat implements the required product support processes,” said Tom Benkart, COACT CAFE; Lab manager. COACT CAFE Lab is a third party independent test facility accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) to perform validation testing.

For more information on the NIAP and Common Criteria, visit

“Reaching NIAP certification is further validation of the trust that Blue Coat proxy appliances have with many of the world’s largest organizations to protect, control and accelerate their web communications and it reflects our commitment to deliver products that meet Federal security mandates,” said Steve Mullaney, vice president of marketing for Blue Coat Systems.

About Blue Coat Systems

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 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 25,000 proxy appliances. Blue Coat is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and can be reached at (408) 220-2200 or

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