Banco Nación of Argentina Deploys Blue Coat Appliances to Control and Secure Web Communications


11/19/2007 - 5:00am

Blue Coat ProxySG Appliances Protect Internal Networks from Spyware and Control Traffic to and from Internet

SUNNYVALE, Calif., November 19, 2007 - Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCSI), a leader in WAN Application Delivery and Secure Web Gateway, today announced that Banco Nacion of Argentina, the country's foremost bank with 643 sales points and 563,000 customers, has selected Blue Coat® ProxySG® appliances to provide Web security and policy control across the bank's Internet gateway to protect its internal network and enable it to comply with bank and credit card regulations. In addition, the bank was able to accelerate software applications and reduce bandwidth consumption across its Internet Gateway up to 66 percent.

The implementation of the Blue Coat appliances provides a new level of security and control for the bank's network. One of the most important requirements for selecting a solution was that security capabilities did not impede performance. The ProxySG appliances actually enhance performance.

The Banco Nacion of Argentina is a consumer lending institution that has just taken steps to elevate its Web control policies. Blue Coat ProxySG appliances allow them to protect against spyware, Web-borne viruses and malicious code. In addition, the appliances enable the bank to manage various Web applications - such as instant messaging, peer-to-peer file sharing and streaming media - to ensure available bandwidth for business critical uses and to comply with requirements and bank policies. Banco Nacion can enforce Web acceptable use practices for employees and provide the logging and reporting it needs for audits and controls. ProxySG appliances can perform all of these functions while also accelerating acceptable content and applications and reducing bandwidth consumption.

"Using Blue Coat's appliances Banco Nacion has improved and standardized its Internet access platform with the controls and protection it needs to run its business," H©ctor Nevares, IT Manager of Banco Nacion of Argentina. "Protecting customer data and complying with banking regulations is essential and can be accomplished without impeding the speed of operations."

"Blue Coat ProxySG appliances combine security, policy control and acceleration within the same platform," said Alejandro Viola, a Blue Coat Territory Manager in South America. "With Blue Coat appliances, Banco Nacion does not have to choose between security, control or performance."

About Blue Coat Systems

Blue Coat secures Web communications and accelerates business applications across the distributed enterprise. Blue Coat's family of appliances and client-based solutions - deployed in branch offices, Internet gateways, end points, and data centers - provides intelligent points of policy-based control enabling IT organizations to optimize security and accelerate performance between users and applications. Blue Coat has installed more than 40,000 appliances worldwide. Blue Coat is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and can be reached at (408) 220-2200 or www.bluecoat.com.

About Banco de la Nacion Argentina

Banco Nacion promotes the development of productive sectors of the Argentinean economy by financing small and medium companies in all economic activities. The bank also promotes and supports foreign trade, especially Argentinean goods, services and technology with investments credits, capital credits and financing and guaranties for foreign trading. The bank also offers personal credits, mortgages and other retail products. The Banco Nacion of Argentina is the mayor bank of the country with 643 sales points (branches, mobile agencies and others) distributed along the country, 14 branches outside Argentina and 3 representations abroad (in 11 countries), 563.000 clients, 934 ATM network, 16.505 employees, $ 49 million of deposits, $16 millions of loans, actives for $ 67 million and a net patrimony of $ 6, 7 millions.

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