Web policy firm Blue Coat is to acquire URL filtering provider Cerberian for $17.5 million.

Blue Coat said it intends to integrate Cerberian's URL filtering products into its technology.

"Integrating the Cerberian database with our proxy appliance is a strategic component that will strengthen Blue Coat's competitive position in the industry," said Brian NeSmith, president and CEO of Blue Coat. "This will allow us to grow the sales of our proxy appliances more rapidly."
The acquisition is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close in 60 days.