SOURCE: Websense, Inc.

April 16, 2008 08:00 ET

Websense Channel Partner Program Scores Big Wins From Industry's Most Respected Channel Publications

Company Among Select Few to Earn Top Honors in VARBusiness' Annual Five-Star Partner Program Guide, to Win Two CRN Channel Champ Awards

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - Hailed by Everything Channel as one of North America's top information-technology vendors, Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) today announced its ChannelConnect Global Partner Program once again earned top honors in the annual VARBusiness Partner Program Guide and was recently named a CRN "Channel Champion."

Out of the hundreds of vendor program entries received by VARBusiness, the Websense ChannelConnect Global Partner Program was named among the Top 12 Partner Programs to Watch. The innovative channel partner program was among the select few to receive a Gold 5-Star Overall rating, as well as Silver 5-star ratings across the board in all of the award categories including sales support, marketing support, partner profitability, channel operations, communication and partner recruitment.

Websense was also recognized as a CRN Channel Champ by Everything Channel, winning two awards in an essential security software category.

"This is a back-to-back win for Websense and our channel partner program -- validating the tangible benefits and real business value we continue to bring to new and existing channel partners," said Websense Senior Vice President of Americas Sales David Roberts.

"This year's 5-Star Partner Programs Guide winners are the cream of the crop when it comes to Channel-friendly vendors," said Robert C. DeMarzo, senior vice president and editorial director of Everything Channel. "The quality of the Websense partner program reflects the true commitment the company has to the thriving solution provider channel. We applaud all of our 5-star winners."

"Websense's technology excellence combined with our focus on channel partner enablement and program execution have become key competitive differentiators that resonate well with our new SurfControl partners and continue to get high marks from existing partners," added Roberts. "The industry accolades we have received over the last 18 months are extremely rewarding and help us further demonstrate the progress we are making as one of the industry's only truly channel-friendly security companies."

In addition to winning big within this year's VARBusiness 5-Star Partner Program Guide and CRN Channel Champs, Roberts was recently named to the 2008 CRN Channel Chiefs List for the second year in a row.

For more information about Websense and its award-winning channel partner program visit

About VARBusiness

For the past 20 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the commercial and public sector (or government) Solution Provider community. The VARBusiness integrated platform of media opportunities provides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness offerings lead vendors and distributors to unprecedented access to the most powerful strategic Solution Providers in the market. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design.

About Websense, Inc.

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

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