Blue Coat to acquire Solera Networks

Blue Coat Systems has entered into an agreement to acquire Solera Networks, a provider of big data security intelligence and analytics for threat protection.

The Solera DeepSee platform will add security analytics and forensic capabilities to the Blue Coat product portfolio, delivering an end-to-end security solution that includes protection, remediation and governance and gives enterprises visibility into the content and context of targeted attacks.

“Today’s approach to securing the enterprise is missing an essential element – the ability to defend, react and resolve security issues by efficiently mining a very large dataset of network history to gain previously unavailable insights. The future of the industry is moving beyond just blocking malware and stopping targeted attacks to also identifying and resolving the full scope of the attacks in real time,” said Greg Clark, CEO at Blue Coat Systems.

“Retrospective capture and analytics are now an essential component of modern security architecture, and Solera has pioneered this field, creating a DVR for the network that records traffic and allows customers to easily mine that information.”

Following the acquisition, these technologies will work together to leverage the industry’s most advanced root cause analysis capabilities and the network effect of 75 million users from over 15,000 customers worldwide, including 86 percent of the FORTUNE Global 500. Today, Blue Coat rates more than one billion Web requests per day. This Web intelligence combined with the ability of Solera’s DeepSee software and appliances to provide an historic record of all network traffic will enable enterprises to efficiently identify and resolve the full scope of advanced threats.

Solera’s customers include organizations around the world in many market segments, including the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security and Defense, Hitachi, Qualcomm,, Parsons Corporation and Zions Bank. For these customers, Solera’s DeepSee platform helps defend against advanced persistent threats and targeted malware attacks.

“Solera’s software acts like a security camera on the network, providing a detailed record of all packets, flows and files to detect and analyze the full scope of today’s advanced targeted attacks,” said Steve Shillingford, CEO at Solera Networks. “Along with the big data security analytics and intelligence needed to see zero-day threats and advanced cyberattacks in real-time, Solera DeepSee provides unmatched security forensics to help enterprises answer critical post-breach questions on the nature of the attack and how to prevent it in the future.”

Both Blue Coat and Solera will continue to embrace an open architecture to future proof the customer network. Solera partners with leading, best-of-breed vendors in the security space to gain additional threat intelligence and visibility into traffic. For example, to see and identify threats hidden in encrypted traffic, Solera integrated its DeepSea platform with SSL technology from Netronome, which Blue Coat acquired earlier this month.

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