May 23, 2013 – Enterprise security vendor Blue Coat Systems has proposed a buyout of security analytics provider Solera Networks to heighten its place in the small but vital big data security space.

Solera’s DeepSee analytics and data forensics platform was highlighted as central to the proposed deal, as Blue Coat aims to add capabilities for spotting and contextualizing targeted security threats. Blue Coat estimated it receives 1 billion Web security requests each day and intends to apply Solera’s software toward a stronger record of network traffic related to advanced threats and trends.

Blue Coat CEO Greg Clark said in a statement on the deal that the approach to securing enterprise data to this point has been missing an “essential element” of mining historical data for existing or potential threats.

“The future of the industry is moving beyond just blocking malware and stopping targeted attacks to also identifying and resolving the full scope of the attacks in real time,” said Clark.

Big data security implementations are nothing new to public law enforcement agencies, but have not always been front-and-center with private enterprise. IBM and RSA made splashy announcements earlier this year to clarify their big data capabilities with unstructured data sources and legacy system constraints. At that time, EMA security specialist Scott Crawford said enterprise vendors need to ramp up analytic, predictive and visualization capabilities in the big data security space.

Blue Coat is based in Sunnyvale, Calif., and counts Motel 6, Telefonica and Brazilian wholesaler Makro among its clients. Solera Networks, which authored the “Big Data Security for Dummies” instructional book, is led by executives with backgrounds at Oracle, Symantec and SonicWALL. Its customers include the Department of Homeland Security and

Financial details on the deal were not disclosed, though Blue Coat expects it to close within 30 days. A Blue Coat spokesperson said that the vendor intends to "keep the [Solera] team together" following the acquisition.

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