Blue Coat on Monday cloud-based security platform is targeted to small and midsize businesses (SMBs) struggling to protect their systems from online threats. The platform's initial subscription service is geared to monitor and manage Web traffic on a company's networks, regardless of whether users are in the office or accessing internal systems remotely. In lieu of an on-site security appliance, Blue Coat directs all of a customer's Web requests to its own servers. When Blue Coat's systems identify potential threats such as malware, it won't deliver the content to the end user. The service is based on Blue Coat's existing WebPulse system, which the company said handles 8 billion Web requests per day from 70 million users.