Symantec Offers Solution for Filtering Uncategorized Websites
Feb06

Symantec Offers Solution for Filtering Uncategorized Websites

Organizations that have implemented URL filtering to control the websites that employees are allowed to access can easily filter websites by category. However, not all websites are categorized, which creates a problem with URL filtering. Without a category, applying category controls is not possible. Now, Symantec has offered a solution to the problem. When new websites are created it takes time for categories to be applied and the lag poses problems for URL filtering. The solution chosen by many organizations has been an all or nothing approach. Block all uncategorized websites or allow them to be accessed. When a category is assigned to the sites, they will be subjected to standard filtering controls. The allow all approach could permit malicious websites to be accessed, while the deny all approach means potentially useful websites will be unnecessarily blocked. While IT departments may be willing to accept the latter, it can result in an increase in support calls to the helpdesk. The Blue Coat Web Filter URL database is comprehensive, although the same problem with uncategorized...

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Symantec to Acquire Fireglass to Improve Protection from Ransomware, Malware and Phishing Attacks
Jul08

Symantec to Acquire Fireglass to Improve Protection from Ransomware, Malware and Phishing Attacks

The cybersecurity giant Symantec acquired the web security firm Blue Coat last year in a deal worth $4.65 billion. That was followed by the acquisition of the identity theft protection company Lifelock in a deal worth $2.3 billion in November. Now the Security software giant has announced a further acquisition: the Israeli cybersecurity startup Fireglass. At this stage the price and terms of the acquisition deal have not been disclosed. The acquisition of Blue Coat has allowed Symantec to move into the enterprise web security market, LifeLock has helped improve its footprint in the consumer market, and the Fireglass acquisition will allow the firm to improve its malware, ransomware, and phishing protection offerings. Tel Aviv-based Fireglass was founded in 2014 and has developed innovative technology that helps companies protect against malware, ransomware, and phishing threats. Phishing emails target a weak point in security defenses: Employees. While email security solutions can be deployed to block these threats from reaching inboxes, many malicious emails are still delivered....

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Symantec Included in Leader’s Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateways
Jul03

Symantec Included in Leader’s Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateways

The cybersecurity firm Symantec has been included in the leader’s Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateways by Gartner. This year, the company is the only solution provider in the leader’s quadrant that offers both cloud-based and on-premise web gateway solutions. Only one other company was included in the leader’s quadrant this year – Zscaler. Zscaler was rated highest for completeness of vision, while Symantec was rated highest for ability to execute. Three companies were included in the Challenger’s Quadrant, and 5 in the Nice Player’s Quadrant. This is the 10th consecutive year that the technology behind Symantec’s secure web gateway has been included in the Leader’s Quadrant. Symantec was included in 2016 and 2017, and as Blue Coat in earlier years. Symantec acquired Blue Coat last year. Gartner assesses companies for their completeness of vision and ability to execute, with the assessment based on 15 different criteria. The combined assessments across those criteria resulted in Symantec receiving the highest rating. Secure web gateways incorporate URL filtering to control the...

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New Blue Coat Appliance Gives Organizations Better Visibility into Encrypted Traffic
Jul31

New Blue Coat Appliance Gives Organizations Better Visibility into Encrypted Traffic

Malicious actors are increasingly using SSL traffic to hide malware according to security researchers at Blue Coat Systems. The use of SSL/TLS encrypted sites is growing due to concern about the privacy of website visitors. While SSL/TLS offers increased security, it also gives malicious actors the opportunity to hide malware, command and control center communications, and data exfiltration. The threat is rising at an alarming rate. Blue Coat researchers identified 58 times as many SSL-cloaked C&C channels and 200-fold rise in C&C servers using SSL in 2015. While organizations have implemented URL filtering and secure web gateways to protect their networks from malware, many solutions do not have visibility into encrypted traffic. Many organizations find that security appliances that can decrypt and re-encrypt SSL traffic are not without their issues. The capacity of some appliances and filtering solutions reduces by as much as 80% when configured to inspect SSL traffic, meaning SSL inspection must be turned off or capacity needs to be expanded. Blue Coat’s solution is a...

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Symantec Announces Acquisition of Web Security Firm Blue Coat in $4.65 Billion Deal
Jun12

Symantec Announces Acquisition of Web Security Firm Blue Coat in $4.65 Billion Deal

In a deal worth approximately $4.65 billion in cash, Symantec will acquire the web security firm Blue Coat Inc.  The Boards of Directors at both companies have approved the acquisition and the deal is expected to go through in Q3, 2016. Blue Coat currently has the largest share in the web security market and has GAAP revenue for the fiscal year ending on April 30, 2016 of $598 million and non-GAAP revenue of $755 million. The company has developed an extensive portfolio of technologies and has developed a Cloud Generation Security platform that is being used by more than 15,000 customers. The company continues to develop new products and expand its customer base and has achieved year-on-year growth of 17%. Under the deal, Blue Coat Chief Executive Officer Greg Clark will become the CEO of Symantec and will join the Symantec Board. The acquisition will help Symantec maintain is position as a leader in the field of cybersecurity, with its customers protected from a much wider range of cyberthreats. Symantec will be able to offer best-in-class protection, detection, and remediation of...

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