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Wider visibility for managing and controlling web use.

Forcepoint : 27 March, 2008  (New Product)
With employees using web 2.0 applications more often in the workplace, Websense releases application to provide more comprehensive visibility and control of web content and associated threats.
Websense has unveiled a global network of adaptive security technologies and processes designed to continuously monitor the Internet for changes and emerging threats. The resulting intelligence is immediately incorporated into the company's Web security, messaging security and data loss prevention solutions. As a result, organisations can advance their objectives using the Internet as a business platform while managing risks to their essential information, systems and employees.

The New Websense ThreatSeeker Network, which features the world's first "Internet HoneyGrid" melds both honeypots and advanced grid computing systems to parse through more than one billion pieces of content daily searching for security threats. The new system uses more than 50 million real-time data collecting systems worldwide to monitor and to classify Web, messaging and data content - giving Websense unparalleled visibility into the state of content on the Internet. With this unique Internet intelligence, Websense security products can adapt to the rapidly-changing Internet at speeds not possible by traditional security solutions from Symantec, McAfee and TrendMicro, and basic Web filtering solutions offered by Secure Computing, BlueCoat and others.

According to a recent IDC study, two-thirds of organisations are currently using at least one Web 2.0 application. But using these emerging technologies without effective security could be disastrous. In a January 2008 IDC report, Program Vice President Chris Christiansen wrote that "Web 2.0 and Business 2.0 applications and communities will become a major source of identity fraud, privacy violations, and corporate data loss."

"The Internet is a critical tool we use to conduct business every day. But with the rise in Web 2.0 sites, as well as Web applications and widgets that could potentially be used by employees, we need to ensure what our employees view, and the applications they use are safe and secure," said Beth Cannon, chief security officer at Thomas Weisel Partners. "As a financial institution, we are held to strict regulations and committed to keeping our proprietary information and customers' information secure from data loss and other security risks. Websense gives us assurance that employees aren't accessing malicious Web sites or introducing data-stealing malware."

Driven by a need for real-time communication and collaboration, today's support for Web 2.0 applications, at the expense of traditional desktop applications, is growing exponentially. Corporate employees are introducing dynamic Web 2.0 content, Web-based applications and widgets generated by unknown developers, into the corporate IT environment for both legitimate and non-legitimate purposes.

Examples of these new technologies include hosted Web applications, including those recently launched by Google, that allow employees to instantly share their organisation's data outside of the organisation's traditional security perimeter without any IT approval or oversight. In the past, security solutions solved these threats by attempting to block or turn off communication. Today, this approach is not viable. For an organisation to thrive in today's Internet world, content must be accessible and data exchanged across these new communications channels.

The Websense ThreatSeeker Network is fundamentally different than any security discovery and classification system on the market today, offering an alternative to outdated signature-based anti-virus systems and costly intrusion prevention systems. Based in part on the Websense ThreatSeeker technology introduced in 2006 and augmented significantly since 2006 with organically-developed and acquired research technologies from both SurfControl and PortAuthority, the new ThreatSeeker Network includes more than 50 million data collecting "virtual researchers" worldwide, discovering and analysing billions of disparate pieces of Internet content every day—whether malware, Web sites, applications, e-mails, structured or unstructured data. The ThreatSeeker Network provides Internet intelligence to Websense Web, messaging and data security products, which then provides protection to customers. The new ThreatSeeker Network:.

* Includes more than 100 Websense Security Labs researchers worldwide lead by security industry luminaries.
* Makes use of content classification and data identification with binary, lexical and statistical analysis along with heuristics, image recognition, machine learning, pattern detection, natural language processing and data fingerprinting.
* Exploits data-mining Honeyclients that mine and analyse more than 100 million Web sites daily.
* Uses more than 50 million real-time data collecting systems parsing through one billion pieces of content daily.
* Scans more than 100 million e-mails and 50 million Web sites daily to classify content "in the cloud" through Websense Hosted Security data collection services.
* Scans nearly 10 million emails for unwanted content and malicious code every hour.
* Uses Honeypots and Spamtraps that capture spam, phishing or exploit campaigns accounting for more than 10 million unsolicited e-mail and Web-based attacks daily.
* Assigns more than 2 million domains, networks, IPs and hosts with reputations every hour.

"Websense was the first to classify the Internet and protect customers from Web-based threats and the first to combine Web intelligence with user and data knowledge to protect customers' information from data loss," said John McCormack, senior vice president of product development, Websense. "Today's attacks are increasingly focused on stealing an organisation's critical information. The ThreatSeeker Network demonstrates Websense's commitment to investing in products, state-of-the art technology and security research to uncover adaptive threats that pose risks to an organisation's business. Many security vendors and faux filtering vendors without real security expertise are talking about Web 2.0 - but the ThreatSeeker Network is the first and only system of its kind that enables customers to take advantage of powerful Web 2.0 applications, safely and securely."

Current Websense Web, messaging and data security customers benefit from the intelligence gathered by the ThreatSeeker Network today, but in the second half of 2008 Websense plans to launch the next-generation of its Web and data security products which include industry-first advanced real-time classification capabilities as well as application intelligent data controls on or off of the organisation's network.

Websense will showcase demos of the current and upcoming solutions fueled by the ThreatSeeker Network at the RSA Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 7-10, at Booth 1324.

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