Websense, Inc. today unveiled Websense® Content Protection Suite v6, the industry’s first security software that integrates information leak prevention capabilities with Web categorization and filtering to provide organizations with a new level of information protection. This combination of content and destination awareness, available only from Websense (websense.com), allows automated enforcement of who has access to what information, how the information can be used, and where it can be sent. As a result, organizations can take advantage of emerging online business productivity applications, such as Web 2.0 sites – confident that security and usage policies, as well as predetermined business processes, are enforced and sensitive data is protected.
Websense Content Protection Suite v6 combines content and context awareness leveraging Web intelligence through integration with Websense’s URL database and ThreatSeeker™ malicious content classification technology, as well as new context-based data recognition capabilities that increase detection accuracy and enable organizations to create and enforce powerful, user-specific data sharing policies.
“Websense makes the difficult process of protecting your ‘intellectual crown jewels’ easier through intelligent content security,” said Gene Hodges, CEO, Websense. “What Websense does with its unique context, fingerprinting, Web intelligence, and other technologies, is protect information that is important to our customers so they can mitigate risk – simply and easily. This release is a significant milestone in our content security vision and the combination of our existing and new, strategic technologies gained through the acquisition of PortAuthority earlier this year.”
Over the past two years, data leaks have compromised more than 150 million personal data records, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Analyst firm Forrester wrote in the April 2007 report, “Calculating The Cost of a Security Breach”, that a security breach can cost anywhere between $90 and $305 per record, meaning that the cost of a single, significant breach may run into millions or even billions of dollars.
Websense Content Protection Suite, with its new context- and content-based policy enforcement capabilities, helps curb this alarming data loss trend.
“As a current Websense customer, we’re excited that Websense is integrating two of its strongest technologies,” said Roger McIlmoyle, director, Technical Services, TLC Vision. “We have used Websense Content Protection Suite for more than a year, and this new Web intelligence capability is a giant leap-forward for customers looking to protect their confidential information. In particular the new higher level of granularity and the ability to delegate incident response to the policy owner will allow the response to be issued from the right department in a timely manner.”
According to Forrester analysts Jonathan Penn and Thomas Raschke in the December 2006 report, "The Forrester Wave™: Information Leak Prevention, Q4 2006, “ILP [information leak prevention] solutions must be able to set policy and make enforcement decisions based on content or context…Context-based policy enforcement consists of understanding the people, applications, and channel involved, as well as other aspects of the activity.”
New capabilities in Websense Content Protection Suite v6 include:
• Context Awareness and Control -- Unlike other information leak prevention or content filtering solutions, which provide organizations the limited choice to “allow” or “not allow” online applications such as Web-based email or file download sites, Websense Content Protection Suite enables organizations to set intelligent policies that allow employees or groups of employees to use these and other online business productivity tools securely.
Organizations can now authorize Website categories they have traditionally blocked, while protecting their data from information leakage. For example, an organization could allow an employee or group of employees to access their personal Web-based email accounts, but restrict them from sending sensitive corporate information through those accounts.
• Enhanced Content Awareness – Websense Content Protection Suite v6 adds PreciseID™ Natural Language Processing which allows the detection of virtually any type of content while increasing the performance, efficiency and flexibility of information detection.
• Advanced Security Protection -- The combination of Websense’s ThreatSeeker and information leak prevention technologies adds layers of context, along with advanced risk mitigation capabilities, and represents a major step-forward in protecting information from a growing number of information-stealing, targeted attacks.
• Management and Deployment Enhancements -- Websense Content Protection Suite also provides a unique graphical interface to manage large-scale, multi-site and distributed component implementations. This new feature and the industry’s first multi-platform “soft appliance” option, provide unmatched flexibility and make deploying and managing enterprise implementations significantly easier than other products both for customers and the channel partners who support them.
“For our clients, response time to potential data leak policy violations is crucial,” said Allen Allison, vice president, Information Security Practice, MTM Technologies. “With Websense Content Protection Suite, security managers will have information about who is trying to send data out and to where, as well as an understanding of the risk level of the violation. If a person is trying to send confidential information to a competitor’s Website, or clearly breaking a regulation, our clients can identify and mitigate the risk quickly.”
Select channel partners and customers are currently evaluating the beta version of Websense Content Protection Suite v6. General availability is anticipated by August 2007.