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Blue Coat acquires Elastica

Blue Coat acquires Elastica

Cloud application security broker acquired in $US280 million dollar deal

Blue Coat has acquired Cloud security company, Elastica, in a $US280 million dollar deal to boost its Cloud security stack.

Elastica is a specialist Cloud application security broker (CASB), best known for its CloudSOC software, which focuses on threat scoring powered by machine learning, user and end-point behaviour modelling, natural language-based Cloud data loss prevention, with a Cloud application SOC.

The company is focused on risk analysis and policy management, particularly important in the “shadow IT” market. Elastica delivers these capabilities via its CASB gateway and API controls for Cloud application security management and enforcement.

Blue Coat has invested over $500 million in organic and inorganic Cloud security growth in recent years, and the integration of Elastica will see 15,000 customers serviced.

Blue Coat CEO, Greg Clark, said the Cloud security acquisition "brings an unprecedented level of elegance and innovation to something that is rapidly becoming a complex challenge for organizations to solve."

"As we evaluated many CASB players, it was clear that Elastica’s technologies represent the future of the CASB space," he said.

"Segmented CASB players have survived through their dependency upon existing on premise infrastructure. As the industry’s leading web security platform, it is natural for Blue Coat to be the first to deliver an extended spectrum of CASB capabilities while also delivering them with our Cloud protection solutions.”

Blue Coat said that the traditional security approaches simply cannot deliver in the Cloud generation of technology. The rapid adoption of Cloud applications with limited oversight has created unprecedented security risks, outside the eye of the CIO.

“Given the rapid acceleration of Cloud adoption, our holistic data science-powered approach to Cloud access security will enhance Blue Coat’s globally deployed security platform, empowering its customers to confidently and securely take advantage of the speed and agility that cloud applications offer,” said Rehan Jalil, CEO and founder of Elastica.

“We are thrilled to join forces to broaden the reach of the Elastica CloudSOC platform through Blue Coat’s customers. Blue Coat’s commitment to enabling Cloud applications and services aligns with our mission of providing visibility and protection of critical data stored in those applications. Together we are delivering the industry’s strongest set of enterprise Cloud security capabilities.”

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