Blue Coat Expands WebPulse Cloud-based Defense to Include Arabic Web Content and Objects

Published October 11th, 2009 - 12:57 GMT

Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCSI), the technology leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that it has expanded the Blue Coat® WebPulse™ cloud-based service to recognize, analyze and categorize Arabic Web content in addition to more than 50 languages already supported.  With the ability to analyze the Arabic language, the WebPulse service can more efficiently categorize a larger percentage of Web content and enable enterprises to set and enforce granular corporate IT policies accordingly. 

To provide a more comprehensive profile of Web content and deliver the most effective protection against emerging and evolving Web-based malware, Blue Coat continues to expand its investment in the WebPulse service.  In March, Blue Coat added a new data center in Hong Kong to increase performance for regional customers while increasing the visibility and protection benefits for all users in the global community.  Additionally, Blue Coat has enhanced the threat analysis of the WebPulse service to more efficiently identify malicious content.

“With the addition of Arabic to the languages that WebPulse can analyze, we continue to invest in the WebPulse service to build a comprehensive profile of Web content,” said Nidal Taha, Regional Director for ME and Turkey, Blue Coat Systems.  “This increased Web awareness coupled with the ability to protect users from new and emerging Web-based threats creates a flexible defense against malware and other malicious content.”

Arabic is spoken by more than 280 million people as a first language and 250 million as a second language, ranking it as the fifth most widely spoken language in the world.  It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. 

The Blue Coat WebPulse service is the first cloud-based community watch environment to utilize Dynamic Link Analysis, which combines URL filtering and anti-malware techniques to protect users against Web-based threats that rely on dynamic links.  The WebPulse service also leverages multiple threat engines, in addition to machine analysis and review by human raters, to dynamically assess more than one billion real-time URL requests per week and to provide a proactive layer of defense against malicious content.  Results are immediately available to all users in the WebPulse community, protecting more than 62 million users around the world against known and new malicious content without requiring downloads or other update cycles. 

The Blue Coat WebPulse service is a distributed global network with eight data and content rating centers.  Blue Coat WebFilter customers are automatically protected by the service.  Blue Coat ProxyClient™ software, which is available at no cost for WebFilter customers, also provides automatic protection for remote workers and can be enabled through ProxySG® appliances with a one-click option.  Protection by the WebPulse service is a built-in feature of Blue Coat K9 ™ Web Protection for consumers. 


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