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Blue Coat offers open framework to other vendors

Blue Coat has announced its Cloud Ready Partner Program, aiming to form a broad Cloud Security Partner ecosystem. This creates an open framework to allow a select set of security vendors and SaaS (Security as a Service) companies to integrate and certify their services and cloud applications directly into the Blue Coat Security Platform.

Charter members of the Blue Coat Cloud Ready Partner program are: AirWatch, AlienVault, Box, Centrify, Dropbox, E8 Security, Exabeam, Fortscale, Gemalto, HP, Seculert, Splunk and Symantec. The program is designed to provide customers a method to integrate and adopt new services into a broader security framework for the Cloud Generation, limiting the risk of cloud adoption and Shadow IT, it says.

Together with certified Cloud Ready Partner solutions, customers will be able to use their established security services, as well as tie together new technologies into the Blue Coat Cloud Security Platform. Certification examples include:

• Automatically share rich cloud web gateway and CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) data with SIEM (Security Event and Incident Management) and User Behaviour Analytics services

• Share intelligence with breach detection platforms to help fine tune security defenses

• Provision user devices to automatically connect to Blue Coat Cloud Enterprise Mobile Management

• Provide control and data protection for cloud applications