Blue Coat: Creating An Economic Advantage For Users In 2009?

John Kindervag

Last week, Blue Coat gathered analysts in New York City for its Application Delivery Network Briefing Event to showcase its newest offerings, some of which are not yet released, and give the analyst community an update on where things stand following the company’s acquisition of Packeteer, completed in June of 2008.

Long story short? The vendors’ roadmaps have merged and it seems Blue Coat is doing a solid job of integrating the visibility and deep traffic inspection messages of the PacketShaper products with its caching, optimization, and security messages. Prior to the Packeteer acquisition, while Blue Coat offered a solid secure gateway and caching story, the true level of traffic visibility and optimization it could provide was limited.

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The truth about the new attack on MD5 signatures

Chenxi Wang

In December 2008, a group of researchers demonstrated a credible attack against MD5 signatures. Since then, Forrester received a number of client inquiries regarding the security strength of their MD5 certificates. There seems to be much confusion over what the attack is about and its actual consequences.

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