Blue Coat Systems has announced new Secure Socket Layer (SSL) proxy functionality for its ProxySG platform to tackle a “blind spot” in network security.
SSL communications make up a growing percentage of corporate internet traffic. But encrypted SSL connections can be a security risk, offering a pathway or tunnel for viruses and spyware. SSL traffic eludes inspection or control, creating a security “blind spot”.
Blue Coat warned, “Traveling unmonitored and unchecked through the firewall’s fully open port 443, threat traffic has formed a new highway for enterprise vulnerability.”
The new SSL proxy is designed to help businesses prevent viruses and spyware from infiltrating their networks through encrypted tunnels. It will enable companies to terminate, inspect, impose policy and block or re-issue users’ encrypted traffic. It can also deny threats from phishing attempts that use SSL as a cloaking mechanism, Blue Coat said.
The new SSL proxy functionality is a licensable option of the SGOS version 4.2 operating software for the ProxySG family. The new version will be available in January 2006.