Websense, Inc., a global leader in web security and web filtering productivity software, today announced plans to deliver new technology to control the unwanted dissemination of sensitive and confidential information -- from personnel records to corporate trade secrets.
To accelerate entry into the information leak prevention market, Websense has signed an agreement with PortAuthority Technologies, Inc.,™ the leader in Information Leak Prevention, to use its technology as part of the new Websense product line. This marks the industry’s first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement between a global security company and an information leak prevention vendor.
With this new agreement, Websense plans to deliver new Deep Content Control™ technology that acts as a “digital data guardian” to help control how sensitive data can leave the organization and under what circumstances. For the first time, organizations will be able to control where users go, how they get there, and what information they can send or use under a unified policy management console. For example, a business could identify and prevent an employee from accidentally or maliciously sending customer credit card data, sales projections or product source code and plans to a non-trusted or unknown location or unauthorized internal recipients. As a result, organizations can more effectively and efficiently respond to issues related to corporate governance and intellectual property protection.
The market for data-centric content control is growing. In fact, IDC predicts that the market for multi-protocol content filtering will grow from $194.0 million in 2007 to $434.6 million in 2009, representing a 49.7 percent compound annual growth rate.
“Our entry into the information leak prevention space marks another important advancement for Websense as a security vendor,” said Gene Hodges, CEO of Websense. “With PortAuthority, we gain accurate and advanced information fingerprinting and identification technology, a critical feature for our customers looking for a leak prevention solution. By offering this unique blend of technology, Websense extends its ability to protect businesses from emerging threats by helping them have more visibility and governance over their greatest assets, their users and their data.”
Websense Deep Content Control technology will integrate PortAuthority’s patented PreciseID™ information classification and identification technology with Websense’s patent-pending classification and enforcement technology to provide automated data protection.
The new Websense technology will extend Websense’s ability to help secure sensitive and confidential information that can cause intellectual property loss, compliance violations and harm brand reputation. The technology will allow organizations to protect against information leaks that happen from a variety of sources including; poor security practices, ill-advised business processes, insider attacks and targeted attacks which are all happening more frequently.
“Protecting enterprise data loss is a global concern,” said Pete Foley, PortAuthority Technologies president and CEO. “The synergies between Websense’s market-leading security software, research and content classification and PortAuthority’s information leak prevention software bring game-changing governance solutions to our customers and our solution providers. This agreement is an important validation for PortAuthority’s technology, and we look forward to working closely with Websense to accelerate the growth of the worldwide information leak prevention market.”
New Opportunities for Solution Providers
As part of this initiative, Websense is forming a solution provider advisory council to influence and shape next-generation Websense software and services.
“The new Websense Deep Content Control technologies will offer us another profitable product line we can offer our clients to solve boardroom-level business issues,” said Gordon Shevlin, executive vice president of FishNet Security, a global security solutions provider. “Providing clients with this level of content control alongside market-leading security software fills critical gaps in traditional security technologies such as anti-virus and firewalls."
Websense plans to offer a new product line using Websense Deep Content Control technology in the first half of 2007.
About PortAuthority Technologies
PortAuthority Technologies is the leading provider of Information Leak Prevention security solutions that reliably and accurately control the unauthorized distribution of sensitive information for data privacy, confidential information protection and true compliance. Using its patented PreciseIDTM technology, only PortAuthority stops information leaks by monitoring internal and outbound enterprise communications and delivering policy enforcement in real-time. PortAuthority ensures compliance with regulations such as GLBA, PCI, HIPAA, CA CC1798, PIPEDA and SOX by closing the gap between employee behavior and corporate and legal policies. PortAuthority Technologies is a privately held company backed by Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates and Lexington Ventures. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., and has offices throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 877-843-4879.
About Websense, Inc.
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