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Threat intelligence tool protects against hybrid threats.

Forcepoint : 24 October, 2007  (New Product)
SurfControl acquisition results in improved on demand threat intelligence which protects users from combined e-mail and internet borne threats.
Just weeks following the acquisition of SurfControl, Websense has announced that Websense Security Labs researchers have already begun using the coordinated threat intelligence from the recently-acquired on-demand services with Websense ThreatSeeker technology to protect customers from blended Web and email-based security threats.

Websense Security Labs issued two alerts last week based on findings from the threat intelligence gathered from Websense's global, on-demand email and Web filtering network (formerly known as SurfControl On-Demand Services), which scans more than 350 million e-mails per week for email security threats, along with Websense ThreatSeeker technology which scans more than 600 million Web sites per week searching for malicious code. The joint technologies are providing unparalleled visibility into the evolving external threat environment, helping Websense to identify and categorise threats quickly-protecting customers in minutes.

'As a SurfControl VAR, I was excited about the new opportunities presented with the acquisition by Websense, but the improved threat detection and protection for my customers from the combination of the technology, in just a few weeks, is far more than I expected,' said Peter Bybee, CEO, Network Vigilance. 'For us, this proves that the integration is on track, and we can have confidence in telling our customers that they have the world's best Web and e-mail threat protection with Websense.'

The combination of technologies enhances customers' protection in three ways. The threats were initially discovered and removed from e-mails that passed through the company's on-demand MailControl offering. With the discovery, Websense immediately updated its database of malicious and compromised Web sites, and customers subscribing to Websense Web Security Suite were protected within minutes. Finally, the new intelligence was added to the Websense malicious applications database, allowing Websense ThreatSeeker technology to quickly identify newly infected sites as they are compromised. This repository of Internet intelligence offers unique, proactive protection to customers and is important because malicious code moves quickly from site to site to avoid detection.

'SurfControl's on-demand threat detection adds additional intelligence to the ThreatSeeker technology network and gives us a comprehensive view of the entire threat environment - allowing us to identify malicious attacks before others and gives us insight into the prevalence of an attack and to measure new dynamics over time,' said Dan Hubbard, vice president of security research, Websense. 'The discoveries of the threats last week demonstrate the power of the combined systems and what we are trying to achieve with our joint research.'
The integration of Websense and SurfControl's research capabilities is just one component of a broader plan to help both Websense and SurfControl customers leverage the power of the combined organisation. As part of its Five-Point Pledge to SurfControl customers announced on Oct. 3, Websense also pledged enhanced database functionality for SurfControl Web Filter and Mobile Filter customers by supplementing the SurfControl database with Websense's own comprehensive URL database of more than 30 million Web sites, including more than one million high-risk sites, by the first calendar quarter of 2008.
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