Blue Coat buys in security expertise

Blue Coat Systems is extending its network security capabilities through a deal to acquire Crossbeam Systems.
Crossbeam’s expertise as a provider of network security services will enable Blue Coat to embark on a strategy of changing the way businesses secure and optimize their networks, a statement from the web security firm reveals.
“Our service provider and enterprise customers are excited we are bringing together two complementary technologies,” says Greg Clark, chief executive officer at Blue Coat Systems.
Blue Coat expects demand to soar as new customer initiatives and an increasing number of devices accessing rich media content drive the need for more capacity and performance in the network.
The two companies will continue to embrace an open ecosystem and support best-of-breed ISV applications that allow customers to cost effectively deploy the security solutions that best fit their needs, Blue Coat states.
The acquisition is expected to close this month.