SOURCE: Websense, Inc.

Websense, Inc.

October 28, 2009 16:52 ET

Websense Extends Advanced Security Protection of ThreatSeeker Network to Third-Party Solution Providers Through Cloud-Based Infrastructure

Web-Based API Enables Delivery of Industry's Leading Security Intelligence to New Markets and End Users

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - October 28, 2009) - Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) the leader in content security solutions today introduced the Websense® ThreatSeeker® Cloud, a cloud-based security service that allows third-party solution providers to deliver added value and dynamic security protection to their products and services. The ThreatSeeker Cloud service delivers Web, data and email security intelligence through the proven cloud-based delivery infrastructure that powers all Websense content security products, including the company's software-as-a-service (SaaS) security offerings and the V10000 Web Security Gateway Appliance.

"The ThreatSeeker Cloud is basically a carrier-grade subscription service to our cloud-based content identification and intelligence infrastructure for third-party solutions providers," said Devin Redmond, vice president of Business Development and Product Management at Websense. "It extends the value of Websense technology to a new set of users in markets that we did not previously address. This new offering benefits everyone: infrastructure vendors can increase the total value of their products and services, and end users gain real-time protection and a better user experience."

The ThreatSeeker Cloud service enables access to the industry's leading content security intelligence gathered by the 50 million real-time data collection points of the Websense ThreatSeeker Network, which processes more than 1.5 billion end user security requests daily and scans more than 40 million Web sites and ten million emails each hour to discover new threats. Through a Web-based application programming interface (API), third-party solution providers can leverage the ThreatSeeker Cloud to incorporate the security intelligence of ThreatSeeker Network -- including real-time Web and content classification, reputation, behavioral analysis, file and data analysis and security filtering -- into their own products and services to protect their end users from malicious Web content, fraud and phishing attacks.

More than 3.5 million end users are already protected from Internet threats through third-party solution providers using the ThreatSeeker Cloud. Examples of third-party applications using the ThreatSeeker Cloud include:

--  Web 2.0 Security Services -- Social networking sites or other Web 2.0
    sites can use the ThreatSeeker Cloud to analyze and classify hyperlinks and
    content posted by users in real-time, to prevent malicious and spam links
    or content from being distributed on the site.
--  Network Security Gateways -- Providers of network security gateways
    such as firewalls, UTMs or other devices can take advantage of ThreatSeeker
    Cloud's Web-based API as a service extension layer that allows for
    additional content security functions without requiring costly additional
    hardware capacity or processing power on that network device.
--  Consumer ISP Services -- Internet service providers (ISPs) can
    leverage the ThreatSeeker Cloud to dynamically classify Web sites and their
    content to deliver parental controls and safe Web browsing to their
--  Mobile Security Services -- Mobile carriers can protect their users
    from malicious Web content and spam on their Web-enabled mobile devices.

Unlike other security services which only check basic reputation of a source IP, ThreatSeeker Cloud is the only cloud-based security service that provides full content analysis and categorization in addition to nine points of reputation -- including property type, URL category, lexical and search reputation, history, age, geography, neighboring properties and more -- for IP sources, Web sites, and the content on them. By leveraging the multiple analysis engines of the ThreatSeeker Network -- including feedback gathered from 44 million product seats under subscription for Websense SaaS and on-premise Web, data and email security customers -- ThreatSeeker Cloud provides real-time security to protect against today's blended threats which span multiple threat vectors including the Web and email.

All Websense Web, data and email security products are powered by the threat intelligence gathered by ThreatSeeker Network. Today, Websense is making that intelligence available to third-party providers through the ThreatSeeker Cloud as part of its continued strategy to provide cloud-based security within its integrated line of content-based security solutions and grow its (SaaS) Web security offerings.

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 40,000 customers. 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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