British Telecommunications has deployed Coat ProxySG solution of Blue Coat Systems in its UK offices to manage BT employees’ web usage, accelerate the delivery of content and applications, reduce bandwidth consumption and protect its corporate network against malware and other security threats. Blue Coat is a WAN application delivery and secure web gateway appliances developer.
Blue Coat claims that BT has selected ProxySG appliances after assessing various secure web gateway products that combine security and control. Blue Coat integrates granular levels of security and control in its appliances, so that restrictions on internet access can be imposed based on the user and the nature of the site, content or application. This means that certain employees or groups can access blocked sites such as MySpace and Facebook.
Gordon Yule, network security manager for BT, said: “The Blue Coat solution enables us to simultaneously protect our network, create and enforce policy. BT is committed to maximizing employees’ access to internet content and web applications to enhance their productivity, but we need to balance this with controls to reduce the risk of infections or loss of data.”
According to Blue Coat, BT also plans to utilize ProxySG appliances to accelerate important business applications across its WAN, including a web-based HR solution.
Craig Stewart, vice president for Blue Coat Europe and Middle East, said: “We are pleased to help BT better control its corporate network by protecting its employees, data and infrastructure; enacting controls to uphold policy; and managing bandwidth while accelerating the delivery of content and applications. BT can use the same Blue Coat appliances to accelerate and manage applications across the WAN and to distribute video throughout its organization.”