October 08, 2009 08:00 ET

Websense Leads Web Security Market, Achieves Rapid Growth in SaaS Security

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2009) - Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) leads the worldwide Web security market for the seventh consecutive year and nearly doubled its share of the software-as-a-service segment of the Web security market in 2008, according to a recent report from research firm IDC.(1)

IDC again named Websense the leader in the overall Web security market, which comprises software, appliance and software-as-a-service (SaaS) Web security to protect against both inbound (malware) threats and outbound (data leakage) threats. Websense captured 26.2 percent of the 2008 worldwide market growth for Web security software and grew 96.3 percent in the SaaS Web security segment.

According to the report, the growing use of Web 2.0 tools by enterprises and an increasing number of mobile and remote workers have created both a risk of data leaks and new channels for malware. As these market drivers continue, IDC forecasts the worldwide Web security market to grow 12.3 percent from $1.4 billion in 2008 to $2.5 billion in 2013, with SaaS Web security being the fastest-growing segment. To balance the business value of Web 2.0 technologies with the security risks, organizations need real-time deep content analysis and classification, as well as data loss prevention technologies.

"Websense once again leads the pack in Web security and in 2008 grew its market share of the SaaS Web security segment as well," said Brian Burke, security program director, IDC. "Websense continues to develop its core strength in discovering and classifying content across all its product offerings and provides its customers visibility and management over their information in a Web 2.0 world to control where users and data can go online."

"Websense has long been the global leader in Web security and we're now extending our leadership and experience in on-premise software to the SaaS and appliance segments of the overall Web security market with our quickly growing Hosted Web Security and Websense V10000 Web Security Gateway appliance offerings," said John McCormack, president, Websense.

Additionally, to download a complimentary vendor profile(2) written by IDC, titled "Websense Vendor Profile: Securing Web 2.0," please visit: www.websense.com/idc.

About Websense, Inc.

Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in integrated Web, data and email security solutions, provides Essential Information Protection™ for approximately 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.

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(1) IDC, "Worldwide Web Security 2009-2013 Forecast and 2008 Vendor Shares: It's All About Web 2.0 You TwitFace." August 2009, IDC #219502.

(2) IDC, "Websense Vendor Profile: Securing Web 2.0." September 2009, IDC #220048.

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