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Blue Coat secures Malaysian university

Anuradha Shukla | Oct. 6, 2011
ProxySG appliances give full control over and visibility into Universiti Teknologi MARA Web traffic.

Blue Coat Systems is providing real-time Web security to Universiti Teknologi MARA's (UiTM) more than 180,000 students across nine city campuses in Malaysia.

The company has deployed Blue Coat ProxySG appliances with WebFilter for UiTM.

Established in 1956, UiTM is Malaysia's largest higher learning institution with 172,000 students and a workforce of 17,000.

Blue Coat Systems, a provider of Web security and WAN optimisation solutions, notes that this deployment will give full control over and visibility into UiTM's Web traffic.

"We were having trouble enforcing our corporate IT policies, so students were able to access peer-to-peer (P2P) applications that took up a considerable amount of bandwidth, slowed our network and increased the risk of malware infection," said Professor Madya Dr. Mat Ikram Yusof, deputy director of information and communication technology (ICT) at UiTM.

"Blue Coat ProxySG appliances give us the visibility to accurately filter, categorise and block undesirable websites and malware, and have reduced our bandwidth costs by 20 percent."

Blocking malicious content

Blue Coat ProxySG appliances with WebFilter are preventing proxy avoidance in addition to effectively blocking objectionable and malicious content for UiTM.

The university is also using the Blue Coat Reporter product to increase visibility of Internet usage and potentially infected systems.

Moreover, Blue Coat Security Labs are continually working to update the defences in WebPulse to protect UiTM from new and evolving threats.  

"By utilising ProxySG appliances with WebFilter, UiTM is able to efficiently control Web traffic and optimise network and application performance while reducing bandwidth consumption," said Steve Rowland, vice president of sales, Asia Pacific, Blue Coat Systems.

"The integrated visibility, security and control capabilities of the Blue Coat Secure Web Gateway solution allow UiTM to effectively support the infrastructure of its distributed campus and its users' Internet activities."


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