Blue Coat's ProxyOne Web security appliance for the small to midsize enterprises offers malware and antivirus protection and real-time Web protection in an easy-to-deploy box.
application services provider Blue Coat has introduced a new easy-to-install
Web security appliance aimed at small to midsize companies with limited IT
the ProxyOne, the appliance is designed for firms with limited IT resources and
can support between 100 and 2,000 users. Based on the same engine that powers
the Proxy SG, its enterprise appliance, the ProxyOne is intended to compete
with Cisco's IronPort, Websense and Bloxx.
Coat integrated Web security into a "low-touch" platform, claiming the
appliance provides protection from the latest threats without requiring any Web
security expertise. The installation procedure is simpl,e as the ProxyOne can be
deployed and configured in six steps by any IT "generalist," Sasi Murthy,
senior director of product marketing at Blue Coat, told eWEEK.
combines inline malware and antivirus scanning, Web filtering and on-box reporting
in a single easy-to-deploy box. The antivirus engine, powered by Kaspersky
Lab, scans at the Web gateway, protecting users from threats before they enter
Web-based that comes through the ProxyOne gets scanned, and all attachments are
scanned by the built-in antivirus, said Murthy.
appliance also uses Blue Coat's caching technology to speed the scanning
process with a "scan once, serve many" model so the network doesn't get clogged
scanning the same sites and executables. The caching technology also boosts
video performance and helps prevent "video floods," when video traffic consumes
all the network bandwidth, preventing other applications from running, said
appliance connects to Blue Coat's cloud-based WebPulse service for real-time Web
monitoring and protection. Over 70 million users are connected to the service,
giving Blue Coat security experts up-to-date information about the latest
threats. Remote users can connect to the cloud service by downloading and
installing Blue Coat ProxyClient software at no additional cost to remain
protected, said Murthy.
appliance also offers preconfigured policies to make it easy for the
administrator to apply usage policies. On-box reporting can track user
compliance with those policies, according to Blue Coat.
ability to segment user policies was a "key requirement," said Murthy. For
example, the CEO would have permissions to access certain sites from the office
network that may be restricted to the rest of the company. While not currently
available, Murthy promised the capability will be available in an update coming
"in a few weeks, within the calendar quarter."
for maintenance, managers can "drop it in" and the appliance will begin working
immediately, and its self-updating capabilities ensure the managers don't have
to worry about scheduling time to install software upgrades or keeping up with
immediate security updates, said Murthy.
can access user activity reports directly on the box via a user-friendly
interface. The reports include information about potentially infected users and
the number of threats attempting to access the network. The primary reporting
window can be customized to show relevant reports.
also has stream-splitting and caching technologies in place to prevent "video
floods," which are caused when online video clogs network resources, preventing
the network from responding to requests from other applications.
ProxyOne has been available through the channel since November, Murthy said.
Initial upfront price is $8,999 for 100 users, which includes the cost of the
appliance, software licenses, automatic security updates and support, said