Appliance bolsters corporate web access, e-mail security

Websense gateway appliance combines e-mail and Web security, including DLP

Websense today unveiled three new gateway security products for e-mail, Web and data-loss prevention that combines an on-premises appliance with secure content filtering in the cloud.

Websense today unveiled three new gateway security products for e-mail, Web and data-loss prevention that combine an on-premises appliance with secure content filtering in the cloud.

The Websense Triton Security Gateway Anywhere is an appliance that combines a Web security gateway, e-mail protection such as spam and virus filtering, plus DLP in a consolidated platform with a single management console. The appliance would be placed at the Internet gateway point in the enterprise, but the first pass at filtering occurs in the Websense cloud -- any of the 10 data centers that Websense maintains for this purpose -- for "pre-filtering," says Dave Meizlik, Websense director of product marketing.

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"We're examining the content, such as a URL link, and where it's going, or the content on a Facebook page," Meizlik says about the cloud-based filtering process.

He says the benefit of the Triton approach is "you don't have to deploy the appliance at every remote office." Instead, specialized Websense thin-client software can be used on computers and laptops to direct traffic through the Websense cloud service. In addition, says Meizlik, if the gateway goes down for whatever reason, security is still available because the cloud-filtering will still be there.

Two other products introduced today are the Websense Email Security Gateway Anywhere, which also includes enterprise-class data-loss prevention, and the Websense Triton Enterprise, a package licensed in modular fashion for maximum design flexibility for Web, e-mail and DLP security, including the endpoint. Both can use the hybrid cloud-based approach.

The three Websense security products include a way to generate reports, especially for compliance purposes. Websense expects its new product line-up to be available in the spring time frame.

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