The Product Innovation of the Year Award recognizes Websense's development of an innovative, policy-based control Web security solution that addresses the latest Web security threats in today's dynamic Web 2.0 environment. The Market Leadership Award recognizes Websense's leadership in the content filtering products market through innovation, product differentiation, acquisition, and integration of new products and technologies.
Web sites have becomes ubiquitous as a medium for communication, for application sharing, and content updates. Simultaneously, the hacker community is developing more advanced tactics, such as phishing attacks and botnets, to acquire critical personal and corporate data from Web users. Websense offers a series of innovative Web security products that address the unique security challenges associated with the dynamic content on today's feature-rich Web sites, especially Web 2.0 sites. It also provides policy-based control over more than 125 network protocols and facilitates bandwidth optimization to efficiently manage network traffic and security threats in real-time.
"With its deep knowledge of the Web and real-time dynamic threat protection, Websense provides complete coverage, visibility, and control over who can send what information, where, and how, enabling corporations to keep their networks and data safe while still leveraging the benefits of Web 2.0," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Yin Fern Ko. "In addition to on premise software and appliance offerings, Websense Web security is also available as a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, which provides another key deployment option and advantage."
With its acquisition of SurfControl in 2007, Websense expanded into the European market, secured its dominance in Web filtering, and gained traction in email security. The 2007 acquisition of PortAuthority Technologies, Inc, added data loss prevention (DLP) to the Websense portfolio of products and bolstered the content identification and categorization technology of the Websense ThreatSeeker™ Network. In early 2009, Websense acquired Defensio, a SaaS security service for social networks that prevents threats from blog spam, and also provides critical intelligence from social networks around new sites, content, and threats not seen through email or traditional Web detection techniques.
The Websense Web Security Gateway technology was developed to address Web 2.0 threats by analyzing never-before-seen Web content in real-time to identify and prevent emerging security threats. The technology is also available as the Websense V10000 secure Web gateway appliance. Websense Web Security is available as an on-premise or SaaS solution. The company's email security portfolio consists of Websense Hosted Email Security, Websense Email Security software, and Websense Hybrid Email Security. Finally, the company's DLP solution, Websense Data Security Suite includes the following integrated modules: Websense Data Discover, Websense Data Monitor, Websense Data Protect, and Websense Data Endpoint. In 2008, Websense released Websense Data Security Suite Version 7, which includes the new Websense Data Security Endpoint to prevent data loss on remote laptops and removable media devices.
"The Websense Data Security Suite uniquely provides content, context and destination awareness as part of its integration into the Websense portfolio," notes Ko. "This cross-product convergence and integration of Web security, email security, and DLP allows customers to intelligently and easily manage which users/groups can use what type of information and content, and send it to which destinations (Web, email, or USB), using what applications, protocols, or devices."
In short, Websense's products, technology and strategy have placed it in a clear leadership position for the content security market, making the company worthy of both the Frost & Sullivan 2009 North American Web Content Management Product Innovation of the Year and as the 2009 Global Content Filtering Products Market Leadership Award.
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Websense, Inc. (websense.com), a global leader in integrated Web, data and email security solutions, provides Essential Information Protection™ for more than 44 million product seats under subscription. Distributed through its global network of channel partners, Websense software and hosted security solutions help organizations block malicious code, prevent the loss of confidential information and enforce Internet use and security policies.
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