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December 19, 2013

Blue Coat snaps up anti-malware firm Norman Shark

The company will integrate its malware analysis solution with Norman Shark's sandboxing solution.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

WAN optimisation applications provider Blue Coat Systems has agreed to buy Norman Shark, a provider malware analysis solutions, for an undisclosed amount.

The deal will see the Sunnyvale-based company integrate its threat protection solution with Norman Shark’s sandboxing technology to gather data on malwares and application vulnerabilities.

As a result, users will be better able to identify and resolve threats, according to both companies.

Greg Clark, CEO of Blue Coat Systems, said the combination of both solutions would remove any security obstacles enterprises have faced up to now.

"Integration of the Norman Shark technology with the Blue Coat Content Analysis System and Security Analytics Platform delivers a solution that protects against zero-day threats before, during and after an attack by detecting, analyzing, blocking, resolving and fortifying the network against unknown and latent threats," he said.

Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group, said the deal was a great addition to the company’s malware prevention, detection, and analytics capabilities.

"The market is growing very quickly, and ESG believes that enterprises need strong integrated solutions to identify, contain and resolve advanced persistent threats in a more automated way," he added.

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Blue Coat, which has also bought Netronome, Crossbeam Systems, and Solera Networks, released the K9 Web Protection Browser for Android users in May 2012.

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