Websense dominated the pure-play Web filtering market with 30.7 percent of the market share and leads the content filtering market with 11.5 percent of market revenues. The company's leadership position is a result of its early positioning in the market, continued security and delivery innovation, and comprehensive Web security solutions.
"The threat landscape continues to change as the social and mobile Web drastically shifted the required security demands for organizations," notes Frost & Sullivan research analyst Martha Vazquez. "Websense recognized these changes early and has broadened its deployment options and technology to meet the market demand for protecting confidential data."
As a provider of Web security, data security, and email security, Websense protects tens of thousands of organizations worldwide. The company has maintained a strong competitive position by offering both premise-based (such as the Websense® V-Series™ appliances) and hosted (cloud-based or SaaS) security solutions. In 2007, Websense acquired SurfControl® and PortAuthority® to enhance its Web and email technology, adding data loss prevention (DLP) technology to its Web security. This was the strategic beginning of Websense vision for content security, and the integration of all three security disciplines. Since the strategic acquisitions, Websense developed and delivered the TRITON™ solution, which offers complementary Web security, email security, and DLP—separately or together—and in flexible hosted, appliance, and hybrid deployments.
Within the Web security market, Websense offers Web Security Gateway, Web Security Gateway Anywhere, and Hosted Web Security Gateway. Websense solutions are supported by the company's ThreatSeeker® Network and Advanced Classification Engine (ACE) for accurate identification and classification in more than 370 different file types and formats. Multiple detections are used to help organizations remain in compliance and assists in enforcing content use policies. Websense TRITON Defensio™ provides protection for enterprise social media offerings by keeping sites clear of offensive and dangerous user-posted content.
Websense also boasts thousands of email security customers, and has recently released the Websense email Security Gateway. The new email security solution blends together analytics from Web and data security, for blended threat protection, as well as a hybrid appliance and SaaS deployment model for email pre-filtering in the cloud.
The company's Data Security Suite includes integrated data loss prevention modules: Websense Data Discover, Websense Data Monitor, Websense Data Security Gateway, and Websense Data Endpoint. Its DLP solution provides content, context, and destination awareness, which allows for effective managing of information and protection from data loss plaguing many corporations today. Websense DLP technology is also available in its Web and email security solutions for their specific channels.
Each of the above solutions areas – Web, email, and data security are a part of the Websense TRITON architecture. "The Websense integrated solution—TRITON—really differentiates them from the other competitors in the marketplace by offering a unified solution even though the packages are available separately or bundled," says Vazquez. "TRITON enables organizations to deploy and manage Web, email, and DLP solutions from one platform. The TRITON architecture also delivers the ability to manage the mix of deployment solutions such as SaaS and/or on-premise applications all on a single platform."
Websense also identified the significance and importance of mobile devices and mobile workers. This has allowed Websense to create a solution that helps businesses maintain Web and email policies, regardless of their location. Integration and convergence will continue to play a key focus for Websense in the next few years.
"Websense delivers a hybrid deployment environment where polices are followed to remote workers and set through a single interfaced and a unified policy management form," says Vazquez. "This cross-product convergence and integration of Web security, email security, and DLP provides customers with real business and content security value by providing visibility and control around who and what can go where and how. Websense maintains that these unique features lead to significantly lower deployment and management costs."
In addition to developing and acquiring new technologies, Websense continues to develop its sales and marketing strategies, which enable the company to continue its role of as the market leader. Based on these factors, Frost & Sullivan presents the 2010 Global Market Share Leadership of the Year Award in content filtering products to Websense.
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Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in unified Web security, email security, and data loss prevention (DLP) solutions, delivers the best content security for modern threats at the lowest total cost of ownership to tens of thousands of enterprise, mid-market and small organizations around the world. Distributed through a global network of channel partners and delivered as software, appliance and Security-as-a-Service (SaaS), Websense content security solutions help organizations leverage Web 2.0 and cloud communication, collaboration, and social media while protecting from advanced persistent threats, preventing the loss of confidential information and enforcing internet use and security policies. Websense (websense.com) is headquartered in San Diego, California with offices around the world.
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