SOURCE: Websense, Inc.

March 06, 2008 08:00 ET

Websense Accelerates Global Leadership in Data Loss Prevention

Company Achieves 100 Percent Increase in Number of Websense Data Security Suite Customers in Less Than One Year

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) today announced the company has extended its leadership in data loss prevention (DLP) through customer growth and retention, technology innovation, channel partner enablement and increased global support.

One year after acquiring PortAuthority, Websense increased the number of Websense® Data Security Suite customers by 100 percent while retaining the entire existing customer base. Businesses across all vertical industries have adopted Websense Data Security Suite to achieve regulatory compliance, control confidential information and protect intellectual property. Customers include: Nedbank, Newport Media, Overstock.com, Zim Integrated Shipping Services and many more.

As a result of Websense's increased investment in research and development of the technology and its channel partner program, customer adoption of Data Security Suite increased rapidly in the second half of 2007, increasing the customer base by 66 percent during that time period with new customers from five regions around the globe.

"Websense Data Security Suite helps me discover, monitor, and actually prevent the loss and misuse of sensitive and proprietary business data," said Itay Yanovski, chief security officer, Zim Integrated Shipping Services, a leading international transportation company. "Unlike other security products that only protect the IT environment, Websense Data Security Suite enables me, as the person responsible for information security, to actually secure the critical business information itself. This capability has provided us with a return on investment many times over."

Websense Data Security Suite's unique ability to discover, monitor and protect unstructured data such as source code, product and manufacturing plans or even movie scripts, enables customers across all industries to protect their valuable intellectual property. Businesses in highly regulated industries such as finance and healthcare leverage Websense Data Security Suite's more than 560 customizable policy templates to comply with data protection regulations and standards worldwide.

"Compliance needs drove us to implement the Websense Data Security Suite," said Peter Seider, head of information technology security at Nedbank, one of the four largest banking groups in South Africa. "It provides us valuable business intelligence with visibility and control over our sensitive and regulated data."

"Our ability to identify sensitive data and act on it as it flows throughout our organization and over key business communications channels like the Internet and e-mail is vital to our success," added Andre Jansen, manager, networking and security at NedBank.

Websense's global footprint in data loss prevention includes more than 100 channel partner sales engineers trained and certified on Websense Data Security Suite and more than 85 solutions providers selling and servicing the technology around the world. Websense channel partners leverage Websense Data Security Suite's multilingual support and localized policies to help customers comply with the unique data protection regulations and standards in their region.

"Websense Data Security Suite's policies specifically for Japanese data protection regulations, its support for Japanese characters and its incident management workflow compatible with our users' native languages are all key benefits Websense's data loss prevention solutions brings to our market," said Ken Senda, general manager, Fujitsu Social Science Laboratory Ltd., a Websense channel partner in Japan. "Websense's functionality and support designed specifically for our local market enable us to better serve our customers and provide us with positive opportunities as a partner."

"Research from IDC shows that the top threat concern for enterprises is employees inadvertently exposing confidential information,"(1) said Leo Cole, vice president of marketing, Websense. "To bolster our leadership position in helping solve this problem, we worked closely with our customers and channel partners to make significant investments in data loss prevention throughout 2007. The result has been increased customer adoption, industry recognition, and an expanded global footprint in the data loss prevention market."

About Websense

Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in integrated Web, messaging and data protection technologies, provides Essential Information Protection™ for more than 42 million employees at more than 50,000 organizations worldwide. 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. For more information, visit www.websense.com.

(1) IDC Web Conference, "Security's Troublesome Twins, Crime & Compliance, Ride the Web and Drive 2008 Trends," Doc # IDC_P16846, January 22, 2008.

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