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Websense, Inc.

April 29, 2009 13:52 ET

Websense and Securosis Unveil Free Data Loss Prevention Resources for Executives

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - With reported data breaches increasing by nearly 50 percent in 2008 and new industry and regulatory requirements continually being added to stem the tide, Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), and security consulting practice Securosis today unveiled a series of free tools to help guide organizations considering data loss prevention (DLP) technologies.

The resources, collectively titled, An Executive Guide to Data Loss Prevention, include a series of videos hosted by Rich Mogull, leading security technology analyst and founder of Securosis, as well as as a new research paper that provides in-depth education on DLP technologies, examines the business justifications and outlines the resource requirements for deploying DLP at the enterprise level.

Websense will also host a webcast about best practices in data loss prevention on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. To register for the webcast or to view an archive visit: http://www.websense.com/site/buzzroom/featuredstories/sayYes.html?cmpid=prnr.

The Executive Guide to Data Loss Prevention

This independent, objective research is one of the first resources ever designed to go beyond the IT department and directly help executives understand DLP. In the videos, Mogull addresses the top uses and benefits to consider when implementing a DLP solution, including:

--  Risk Reduction --  by knowing how sensitive information is used and
    stored, organizations can ensure proper controls
--  Cost Savings --  by implementing controls to reduce loss or theft of
    confidential data, organizations can reduce costs of compliance and
    increase profitability
--  Policy Enforcement --  by measuring and mitigating data loss and
    regulatory compliance, including HIPAA, GLBA, SOX, PCI, and enforcing
    security protocols while educating employees
--  Inbound Threat Protection -- by preventing data loss from Web exploits
    and malcode. In the second half of 2008 the Websense Security Labs found
    that 57 percent of data-stealing attacks are conducted over the Web,
    representing a 24 percent increase during the six-month period.
    

The Executive Guide to Data Loss Prevention also presents real world examples of DLP implementations, including:

--  A retailer that uses DLP to inventory their entire storage
    infrastructure and employee laptops to identify unencrypted credit card
    numbers which could be in violation of the PCI Data Security Standard. This
    cut three months off their compliance cycle and reduced PCI audit costs by
    20 percent.
--  A financial institution that uses DLP to protect customer financial
    information in their primary customer database by monitoring network
    communications and generating alerts if customer records are transmitted
    without encryption. Since implementation, they've seen an 80 percent
    reduction in data misuse and prevented two potential data breaches.
--  An engineering firm that uses DLP to track the movement of sensitive
    engineering plans for new products, protecting their sensitive intellectual
    property.
    

Biography: Rich Mogull, Founder, Securosis

Mogull has more than 17 years experience in information security, physical security, and risk management. Prior to founding Securosis, he was a Research Vice President with Gartner, where he spent 7 years on the security team. He is a well known authority on information security and currently focuses on data security, application security, security metrics, and emerging technologies. Mogull is the Security Editor of TidBITS, a monthly columnist for Dark Reading, and frequently contributes to publications ranging from Information Security magazine to Macworld.

Related Quotes:

--  Securosis Founder Rich Mogull -- "Although we've long recognized the
    importance of our digital assets, in recent years it has become
    increasingly difficult to protect them. Now, data loss prevention
    technologies are enabling an organization to reduce their risk, increase
    regulatory compliance and protect themselves from emerging threats
    targeting sensitive data."
--  Websense Director of Product Marketing Dave Meizlik -- "Through
    increasing regulatory requirements and negative media headlines, companies
    are recognizing the necessity for implementing data loss prevention
    technologies as part of a data-centric security strategy designed to
    protect their competitive edge, brand reputation and ongoing financial
    success."
    

Links:

The Executive Guide to Data Loss Prevention: http://www.websense.com/welcome/MiscLandings/exec_DLP/exec_DLP.html?cmpid=prnr

About Securosis

Securosis, L.L.C. is an independent analyst firm dedicated to thought leadership, objectivity, and transparency. Our analysts have all held executive level positions and are dedicated to providing the highest value strategic consulting available in four main areas: Publishing and Speaking; Strategic Consulting for Vendors; Strategic Consulting for End Users; and Investor Consulting.

About Websense, Inc.

Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), 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. For more information, visit www.websense.com.

Websense is a registered trademark of Websense, Inc. in the United States and certain international markets. Websense has numerous other registered and unregistered trademarks in the United States and internationally. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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