Blue Coat Names Dr. Hugh Thompson as SVP and Chief Security Strategist

Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a leading provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions, today announced that it has named Dr. Hugh Thompson as senior vice president and chief security strategist. Dr. Thompson is a luminary in the security industry and has co-authored three books and more than 80 academic and industry publications on information security. In his new role, he will focus on aligning Blue Coat’s vision and product implementation to market requirements. Dr. Thompson will report to President and Chief Operating Officer David Murphy.

Dr. Thompson is a leading force in the information security industry. In addition to delivering keynotes at some of the security industry’s largest events, he is a prolific writer and commentator on IT security. He also sits on the Editorial Board of IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine.

Blue Coat Unified Security solutions combine Global Threat Protection, Universal Policy and Unified Reporting to consistently secure users as they move across networks and devices. Blue Coat is the market leader in web security. Eighty-five percent of FORTUNE Global 500 companies rely on Blue Coat to secure their users and look to the company for continued innovation in web security.

Dr. Thompson holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the Florida Institute of Technology. For the past four years he has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where he teaches a graduate course that explores cutting edge techniques for secure software development and software vulnerability exploitation.