Joint software prevents information leaks through external storage devices
Safend, an international provider of information leakage prevention (ILP) solutions for enterprise endpoints, announced today the availability of an integration between the new Safend Protector 3.2 and Websense Content Protection Suite v5.1 that protects organizations from information leaks through endpoint devices. This combined solution, currently in Beta with public availability on May 8, 2007, is available as an add-on feature of Safend Protector 3.2 and provides the industry's leading, content-aware network and endpoint ILP solution.
The pervasiveness of portable storage and media devices, as well as the transfer of sensitive information to those devices is a growing concern for organizations. The lack of control and visibility into the data being transferred to the devices can result in serious compromises of security and data breaches if not properly addressed.
In the February 2007 Gartner report "Market Overview: Portable Storage Device Control Products, Worldwide, 2006," Gartner analysts Ruggero Contu and Jay Heiser write, "Organizations that allow employees or outsiders to access large amounts of regulated or sensitive information need to explicitly assess the risks associated with the leakage of data through the Internet and portable storage devices."
To meet this burgeoning need, in the newest version of Safend Protector 3.2, Safend will offer an interface to the Websense Content Protection Suite, which locates, classifies, identifies and protects sensitive information such as intellectual property and consumer data at rest or in motion on the network. Based on patent-pending Digital Membrane™ technology, the Safend solution monitors real-time traffic at endpoints, and applies customized, highly-granular security policies over all physical, wireless and removable storage interfaces as well as portable media players and U3 drives. Used together, these products allow administrators to inspect file transfers for sensitive or classified content, notify users of security breaches, and log online and offline security incidents.
"Websense Content Protection Suite adds a key component to our solution – identifying the content or data that is being downloaded to removable devices,"said Susan Callahan, Safend’s vice president of marketing and business development. “Combining our technologies provides our customers with a unique solution that solves an important key security problem by monitoring files and their content as they are transferred throughout the network.”
“This release and partnership builds on the previous technology partnership between Safend and PortAuthority Technologies prior to its acquisition by Websense in January of 2007” said Devin Redmond, director of the security products group at Websense. "Safend provides valuable protection at the endpoint and as our first endpoint integration partner, we believe this joint solution will help our common customers protect their endpoints from information leaks."
About Websense, Inc.
Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), protects more than 25 million employees from external and internal computer security threats. Using a combination of preemptive ThreatSeeker™ malicious content identification and categorization technology and information leak prevention technology, Websense helps make computing safe and productive. Distributed through its global network of channel partners, Websense software helps organizations block malicious code, prevent the loss of confidential information and manage Internet and wireless access.
Safend is a leading provider of endpoint information leakage prevention solutions that protect against corporate data loss via physical, wireless, and removable media ports while ensuring compliance with regulatory data security and privacy standards. Safend’s solutions, available through resellers worldwide, are deployed by multinational enterprises, government agencies and small to mid-size companies across the globe. Founded in 2003, Safend is a privately held company headquartered in Tel Aviv with US headquarters in Philadelphia.