Blue Coat Blue Coat Inc. today introduced a comprehensive set of cloud security capabilities and services backed by a broad cloud security industry ecosystem. The company announced a full suite of security and governance controls for Microsoft Office 365. The solution includes integrated access control, advanced threat protection, breach detection, forensic investigation, data security, Cloud-DLP, and granular cloud security policy specifically for Microsoft Office 365. These features deliver powerful security, governance and performance to enable an effective transition to cloud-delivered Office 365.

Blue Coat is focused on making the transition to the cloud easier and safer by delivering a robust solution for addressing several pressing enterprise security and compliance risks introduced by the cloud. With today’s announcements, Blue Coat’s is integrating key CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) innovations gained from its recent acquisition of Elastica.

Blue Coat has also announced the integration of the Elastica Audit subscription service with AppFeed – a real-time data feed delivering Shadow IT intelligence to Blue Coat’s Secure Web Gateway products. The combination allows customers to not only gain visibility into Shadow IT usage and risk, but also to take actions through powerful cloud access security policies to mitigate those risks.

The Blue Coat Security Platform is specifically designed to secure the expanding enterprise network. It also provides a robust, open platform that integrates critical security and compliance frameworks to deliver a comprehensive set of controls to protect users and the organizational data with which they interact.

“The new era of cloud usage brings with it a host of benefits, but can also be a significant challenge for security teams, as the expansion of the attack surface grows along the three dimensions of devices, networks and applications,” said Michael Fey, Blue Coat president and chief operating officer. “As the global leader in web security, Blue Coat brings its unique web security architecture and large install base to bear on this issue, designed to establish a new extended protective barrier between the world of the cloud and users. We help enterprises safely transition to the cloud, reestablishing control and visibility to the entire IT infrastructure,” he said.

The newly announced Blue Coat Cloud Ready Partner Program is creating an open framework to allow a select set of security vendors and SaaS companies to deeply integrate and certify their services and cloud applications directly into the Blue Coat Security Platform. This level of integration allows customers to make the transition to the cloud while maintaining critical visibility and control between users and applications.