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October 20, 2010 08:05 ET

Havergal College Uses Websense to Provide Students Access to Social Media Sites

Websense Brings a Safe Learning Environment to Havergal Students

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) -  For Havergal College, an independent all-girl university-preparatory school in Toronto, Ontario, providing students with safe access to social media websites was needed for them to grow and develop in the Web 2.0 world. Recognizing the value of Web 2.0 sites in the school's unique curriculum, Havergal turned to Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) for a security solution to address the modern threats in the social Web.

The demand for social media access at Havergal started to rise in 2009. Teachers wanted to leverage online communities such as Skype and Facebook, without asking IT for permission each time they wanted to visit a URL that was blocked. Students were also interested in learning about social networking and safe use of this technology.

Havergal outgrew its legacy URL filtering provider, which used a simple database of archived URL blacklists -- an ineffective way to thwart real-time threats. In addition, Havergal's previous vendor lacked flexibility in its controls, and could only block access based on a category, like "games." Havergal recognized that it needed to go beyond site-level blocking and gain visibility and control of the content its students accessed and contributed to on the social Web. Therefore, the school deployed Websense® Web Security Gateway, integrated with the enterprise data loss prevention solution Websense Data Security Suite, to provide a flexible solution to meet the school's Web needs.

"With the increased use of the Web as a source of knowledge and a tool for collaboration, it's essential for our students to learn how to behave in an online world, which includes blogs, Wikis, and other social media," said Joanne Kerr, director of IT, Havergal. "In order to provide these tools, we needed to move beyond a simple URL filtering solution based on blacklists and partner with a company that provided not only the best security protection, but also the flexibility to recognize, categorize and allow access to Web 2.0 content that has educational merit."

Websense Web Security Gateway allows Havergal students and faculty to access Web 2.0 sites, and therefore use powerful social media like Facebook and Twitter, without worrying about inappropriate content, disclosure of sensitive information, or malware. In addition, Web Security Gateway's advanced categorization gives Havergal the flexibility to select specific student-appropriate Web 2.0 sites, without having to ban the use of these sites altogether.

"Websense helped drive a dramatic shift in our security philosophy from an old 'simply block' mentality to a new approach where Web 2.0 is safely enabled," said Joanne Kerr, director of IT, Havergal. "We no longer have to take a reactive stance against security threats and administer a rigid Internet policy with little flexibility. With Web Security Gateway, we're able to provide access to Web 2.0 sites with the assurance that our students are engaging with the Internet safely, while making the most of their social networking experiences."

A parent of two girls attending Havergal, Robert Herjavec, said, "Havergal is on the forefront of technology, leading the charge with respect to implementing social media into their students' education. With Websense Web Security Gateway, students can take full advantage of the Internet, safely, to better position themselves for the real world. This is a philosophy that I fully applaud. As my daughters attend Havergal, they will be able to not only further their education, but also stay abreast and ahead of the most advanced educational tools on the Web."

Web Security Gateway scans the actual content of dynamic, ever-changing Web 2.0 sites in real-time and continually updates content classification and provides up-to-the-second threat protection. The Web Security Gateway solution that Havergal installed also includes enterprise-class data loss prevention (DLP) for sensitive outbound Web communications.

About Websense, Inc.

Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in unified Web, data and email content security solutions, delivers the best 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 software-as-a-service (SaaS), Websense content security solutions help organizations leverage new communication, collaboration, and Web 2.0 business tools while protecting from advanced persistent threats, preventing the loss of confidential information and enforcing Internet use and security policies. Websense is headquartered in San Diego, California with offices around the world. For more information, visit

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