With Business Assurance technology, Jefferies can comply with regulations and empower users to do more.
Berkis found that Blue Coat was uniquely capable of addressing both requirements. "We discovered that Blue Coat’s solutions gave us the capability to improve security and IT service levels at the same time," he says.
As an example, Jefferies’ human resources department wanted to enable prospective employees to post their resumes on the company’s website.
Any external connection to internal HR resources, however, would introduce security, privacy, and other compliance issues. But with Blue Coat’s Web Application Reverse Proxy (WARP) capability within its Trusted Applications Center, Jefferies was able to secure inbound connections, authenticate users, scan files for malware and put better access controls in place.
"Blue Coat’s WARP capability enabled us to provide a new service in a way that better complied with all regulations and policies, and Blue Coat made it easy and cost-effective for us to implement the solution," says Berkis. "We had looked at more traditional anti-virus solutions, and they were far more expensive, yet less effective."
Best of all, the new service was empowering without being disruptive. "The security is invisible to our employees, our website is easy for job applicants to access, and IT can be confident that it’s safe, secure, and compliant," Berkis notes. "We can still sleep at night."
Better Intelligence for Stronger Security
Today, Jefferies is expanding its use of Blue Coat solutions to get better intelligence that can be used to secure a variety of other resources, applications, and IT services.
Even more recently, Jefferies has begun using Security Analytics Platform by Solera, for Advanced Threat Protection. Developed by Solera, a Blue Coat company, the software brings Big Data analytics to traditional security, providing a new level of intelligence that informs and guides security preparedness.
"The Security Analytics Platform gives us the ability to look at historical records we didn’t have access to in the past," says Berkis. "Now we can analyse what happened 15 minutes ago or 15 days ago – we can see exactly what led up to a security alert as well as what happened after the fact.
"It’s like having a security camera and a DVR," he added. "We can see exactly what happened, play it back again to examine it even more closely, apply analytics, and draw insights about how to protect our network. So if there is a malware incident, we can find out how the user was infected – how he or she downloaded it – and whether there was suspicious traffic not detected by the proxies. We’re better prepared, and in the end we’re better able to prevent attacks from being successful."
Blue Coat’s recent acquisitions of both Solera Networks and Netronome’s SSL technology are likely to pay off for Jefferies in other ways, according to Berkis.
"Once the capabilities of Blue Coat, Solera, and Netronome are fully integrated, we’ll be able to feed data from Blue Coat’s WebPulse (which analyses, categorizes, and rates up to a billion web sites daily) into the Solera analytics solution – and add SSL visibility on top of that. We’ll have comprehensive web intelligence to help us to identify and resolve the full scope of advanced threats, as well as enhanced intelligence for prevention."
‘Always a step ahead’
Blue Coat’s comprehensive capabilities are helping Jefferies stay a step ahead in the fast-changing threat landscape, according to Berkis.
"The role of security is changing in two key ways," says Berkis. "Cyber criminals are more cunning, so you need more sophisticated protection. And it’s no longer enough to keep criminals out; you also need to keep honest people honest – which is why the role of compliance is growing. Blue Coat helps us address both aspects. Maybe the simplest way to put it is this: Blue Coat gives us the ability to make auditors and compliance officers happy, while enabling us to keep our business moving forward."