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Websense, Inc.

April 29, 2009 08:00 ET

Websense Survey: Data Loss Prevention Critical in Today's Economy

READING, UK--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - An international survey of 104 security professionals conducted by Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) at this year's e-Crime Congress reveals that 93 percent of respondents believe companies are under more pressure to protect from data loss due to the current economic climate.

According to the survey, key drivers that put organizations under pressure for data loss in the current economic environment include:

--  Disgruntled employees receiving pay cuts or redundancy (73 percent)
--  Employees taking confidential data with them when leaving the company
    (73 percent)
--  Companies not prioritizing security due to cost-cutting measures (62
--  Companies not understanding where confidential data resides due to
    internal changes (51 percent).

Respondents also think that organizations that experience a serious data breach are also more vulnerable to:

--  Bankruptcy (52 percent)
--  Share price reduction (59 percent)
--  Loss of customers (81 percent)
--  Risk of take-over (38 percent).

Responsibility for data loss lies with C-level executives and board members, according to the results. Specifically:

--  66.7 percent of respondents believe that C-level executives and the
    board should be held responsible for a data breach while a quarter of
    respondents believe that responsibility should lie solely with the CEO.
--  Only 4.3 percent believe that an external government body should take
--  Results from last year showed that a mere 5 percent of security
    professionals would hold the IT department responsible. This has more than
    tripled to 15.9 percent this year.

Security professionals also believe that businesses exposing consumers' confidential data through a serious data breach should be punished for security negligence. Specifically:

--  Nearly a third (30 percent) think that CEOs and board members should
    face imprisonment for exposing consumers' confidential data (representing
    an increase of 5 percent from last year's survey)
--  62 percent believe companies should be fined
--  68 percent call for compensation for consumers affected

"This research shows that security is still an important concern to all security professionals," says Mark Murtagh, technical director at Websense. "The call for severe penalties reveals the need for businesses to step up to the mark and better understand the implications of a data breach. By taking active steps like using a data loss prevention solution to trace inbound as well as outbound data leaks, and having visibility of where important and valuable data sits, companies greatly reduce the risk of becoming a statistic."

About the Survey

The sample size of this international survey was 104 respondents from 21 countries. All respondents were amongst the delegates who attended the e-Crime Congress on March 24 and March 25, 2009. These included security professionals from government and public and private sector organizations, as well as senior managers charged with responsibility for risk, audit and compliance.

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

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