Blue Coat Deals for Norman Shark

Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 03:12 PM gHale

In a move to better integrate its products throughout its security portfolio, Blue Coat Systems dealt for anti-malware provider Norman Shark.

Blue Coat, itself acquired for $1.3 billion by investment firm Thoma Bravo in February 2012, has made a string of other buyouts that include Netronome, Crossbeam Systems, and Solera Networks. Blue Coat’s President and COO David Murphy said Blue Coat already had an OEM relationship with Norman Shark, and buying the firm means more can happen to integrate its technologies into future products.

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“This is about technology sharing and building out our capabilities,” he said.

Oslo, Norway-based Norman Shark has several hundred enterprise customers around the world.

Murphy said Norman Shark not only brings substantial malware analysis to Blue Coat but also has products intended for threat protection, such as sandboxing, in industrial networks. Murphy says the intention is to eventually drop the Norman Shark brand name in favor of Blue Coat.

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