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Blue Coat integrates threat intel after shopping spree

Security vendor wants its products to talk to one another.

By Jimmy Nicholls

Blue Coat has integrated its security portfolio under the cloud-based Global Intelligence Network (GIN), bringing together disparate technologies bought in a spate of acquisitions.

The move follows the recent bolstering of the company’s threat research team, as well as the purchase of malware analysts Norman Shark and security analytics firm Solera Networks in 2013.

Michael Fey, president and COO of Blue Coat, said: "With aggressive product development and acquisitions, we have brought together our portfolio in a way that allows each product to be enhanced by the presence of the other products in the portfolio, which is acquisition and R&D nirvana.

"Blue Coat customers now have the most powerful solution for full network visibility and advanced threat defence in the industry. By helping them see clearly, and protecting them against unknown threats almost instantaneously, our customers gain a level of protection no other single vendor can deliver."

The move follows a growing trend in cybersecurity for increased security intelligence sharing, as well as a desire to filter such data to allow IT departments to focus on the most important dangers to company assets.

Last year McAfee, currently rebranding as Intel Security, brought out its Threat Intelligence Exchange to facilitate intelligence sharing between its various products, whilst other vendors launched solutions to interpret the burgeoning data streams ushered in under the era of big data.

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