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Blue Coat protects U.A.E. university from online threats

Anuradha Shukla | Sept. 8, 2011
Ajman University of Science and Technology deploys Blue Coat appliances.

Blue Coat Systems is accelerating the delivery of important content and applications for Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST) in the United Arab Emirates while protecting it against Web-based threats.

The Web security and WAN optimisation solutions provider is delivering its Blue Coat ProxySG and PacketShaper appliances to the multi-campus, multi-discipline university that faces growing Internet demand from 8,000 students and staff.

The university also requires more bandwidth for its new services such as a sophisticated e-learning system and an online library.

Blue Coat's PacketShaper appliances are enabling AUST to accomplish several tasks such as discovering and categorising applications on the network and measuring network application performance.

In addition, these appliances also guarantee quality of service (QoS) for priority applications and mitigate the network impact of non-business applications and content. 

Real time protection

The university picked the Blue Coat solution after extensive evaluation of other vendors in the market. The implementation of the solution and training of personnel was done by systems integrator GBM Dubai.

Blue Coat ProxySG appliances are also deployed at the university's Internet gateway in to provide comprehensive, real-time protection against Web-based malware and other malicious content.   

"To operate within the bounds of our network capacity, it became imperative for us to have visibility into Web traffic and then be able to intelligently manage it," said Mohammed Salman, IT director, AUST. "We found that Blue Coat solutions provided precise, yet flexible controls, a high level of Web security and considerable Internet bandwidth savings while also enhancing the Internet experience for our students and staff."

"Like many organisations, Ajman University of Science and Technology must balance a large appetite for content and new applications with limited network resources and a need for effective security," said Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Blue Coat. "Only Blue Coat solutions can effectively address these contradictory challenges by combining visibility and Web security in a way that allows the university to intelligently and flexibly accelerate and secure its network."


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