Blue Coat to acquire Solera; big data security

In Solera, Blue Coat finds a big boost for its bid to secure the enterprise.

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Blue Coat Systems, the U.S. enterprise security company, announced this morning that it will acquire Utah-based Solera Networks, which specializes in big data security intelligence and analytics.

The price was not disclosed.

Of interest is Solera's DeepSee platform, which will give Blue Coat's existing product lineup real-time forensic capabilities and fill out its overall portfolio, which ranges from protection to remediation to governance. DeepSee, which includes both software and appliances, provides a historic record of all network traffic (packets, flows and files) so that enterprises can identify and establish the scope of targeted attacks.

Combined, the companies have 15,000 customers ("86 percent of the Fortune Global 500," it says) and 75 million users across the globe. Solera alone sells to the U.S. departments of Energy, Homeland Security and Defense; Hitachi and Qualcomm, among others.

"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," Blue Coat chief executive Greg Clark said. "Retrospective capture and analytics are now an essential component of modern security architecture."

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