Blue Coat Adds 'On-Proxy' Support of Kaspersky Anti-Virus Engine

Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus Complements Blue Coat's High Performance Gateway Appliance

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and WOBURN, Mass., Sept. 13 -- Blue Coat(R) Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BCSI), a leading provider of proxy appliances, and Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, today announced support for Kaspersky Lab's award-winning Anti-Virus (AV) engine on Blue Coat's ProxyAV(TM) appliance. The ProxyAV platform with Kaspersky Anti-Virus support is available immediately.

Blue Coat's ProxyAV and ProxySG(TM) appliances deliver a high performance, scalable and easily manageable gateway Web anti-virus solution. Blue Coat is the only provider of Web anti-virus solutions to deliver up to 249 Mbps throughput for full anti-virus scanning. It is also the only vendor to provide "factory built" integration beyond the Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP), for the improved error and message handling that enterprise deployments require. With ProxyAV now supporting Kaspersky Anti-Virus, customers can select the configuration that best suits their needs to combat the latest known and unknown threats -- while business proceeds without delay.

Kaspersky Lab is a leading developer of secure content management solutions that protect against viruses, Trojans, spyware, spam and hacker attacks. Approximately 100 IT security vendors around the world have integrated Kaspersky Anti-Virus solutions into their own security offerings. Kaspersky Lab's anti-virus technology is internationally renowned for the speed of response to new threats, industry's most frequent updates and the most accurate malware detection. Independent market tests acknowledge Kaspersky Anti-Virus as the industry's leading provider of virus protection combined with an aggressive approach to Trojan/Backdoor detection that is highly effective in addressing spyware. Together with Blue Coat's comprehensive spyware defenses at the gateway these capabilities provide a virtually impenetrable barrier against today's threats.

"Kaspersky Lab's leading status in the world was built on a commitment to technical excellence, customer support and highly collaborative partner relationships," said Vitaly Bezrodnykh, business development director of Kaspersky Lab. "Our aggressive approach to malware detection, benchmark-setting response times and our extensive work with best-in-class partners, like Blue Coat, add up to brilliant solutions for layered defense and unparalleled protection against all types of cyber threats."

As enterprises increasingly use the Web and Web-based technologies for business activities -- from Web-based email to file transfers/downloads -- they must defend against a host of vulnerabilities through which malware infections can result. Importantly, they must accomplish that without affecting the real-time performance that users have come to expect. That dual challenge has inhibited the broad deployment of gateway Web anti-virus solutions, as competing systems can significantly degrade performance due to redundant scanning of repetitive Web objects.

Blue Coat's products enable organizations to overcome those obstacles. By employing a solution that combines a tightly integrated anti-virus engine with a high performance gateway proxy, repetitive objects can be scanned once and then cached, allowing them to pass through unimpeded thereafter. This "scan-once-serve-many" approach results in significantly higher performance and efficiency -- without sacrificing security.

Blue Coat has been shipping ProxyAV since June 2004. By adding support of Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Blue Coat customers now have access to the award-winning anti-virus engine -- a fusion of Kaspersky's know-how and innovations proven by the company's 15-year old experience in the field.

"Enterprises are deploying more Web-enabled applications to open up broad options for flexible and cost-effective service deployment," said Steve Mullaney, vice president of marketing, Blue Coat Systems. "However, some challenges come along with those opportunities. Inefficiencies inherent in the way Web technologies interact often require organizations to sacrifice either security or performance, depending on the level of control they apply to Web traffic. Proxies drastically change that equation by allowing organizations to exert greater control and ensure tighter security, all while actually improving performance. The addition of Kaspersky Lab's technology and its delivery 'on proxy' provides customers with tremendously strong protection against rogue programs, without forcing them to take a hit to performance."

About Blue Coat Systems

Blue Coat helps organizations make the Web safe and productive for business. Blue Coat proxy appliances provide visibility and control of Web communications to protect against risks from spyware, Web viruses, inappropriate Web surfing, instant messaging (IM), video streaming, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing -- while actually improving Web performance. Trusted by many of the world's largest organizations, Blue Coat has shipped more than 25,000 proxy appliances. Blue Coat is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and can be reached at 408-220-2200 or

About Kaspersky Lab, Inc.

Headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, Kaspersky Lab delivers the industry's most immediate protection against Internet-born viruses, spyware and threats. Kaspersky is unmatched in the speed that it detects and disarms even the most sophisticated new attacks. Kaspersky offers complete security protection with advanced anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, and firewall capabilities, supported by rapid response and automated hourly updates from its world renowned virus detection lab. Kaspersky is the software of choice as the anti-virus engine behind many of the industry's leading security solutions, protecting more than 75 million users worldwide. The company provides live 24x7x365 tech support from engineers with 15+ years of leading anti-virus lab research experience. Superior round-the-clock protections, ease of use, robust functionality, and cost-effectiveness make Kaspersky ideal protection for small and medium sized businesses.

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CONTACT: Kevin Kosh of CHEN PR, +1-781-672-3111, or, for Blue Coat Systems; or Jennifer Jewett of SHIFT Communications, +1-617-681-1252, or, for Kaspersky Lab, Inc.

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