Websense creates new APAC role to strengthen regional presence

Websense creates new APAC role to strengthen regional presence

Headcount has doubled in the past year

Websense has appointed Timothy Lee to a newly created position of vice president for the Asia-Pacific and Japan, another step in its aggressive strategy to take on its larger rivals Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro.

The new position is aimed at strengthening the company's regional commitment and to further develop the Asia-Pacific market.

It has been a big year for Websense which has undertaken a US$400 million buyout of rival network filtering specialist SurfControl, and a US$90 million buyout of data leakage prevention specialist PortAuthority in December 2006.

Analysts agree it seems logical for Websense's Web content filtering technologies to be married to SurfControl's messaging and anti-malware tools.

Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Jon Oltsik said these companies don't want to be relegated to a single feature, which is sort of where they were going.

"But this merger brings together a lion's share of the filtering market and gives them both breathing room. The deal makes sense," he said.

Before joining Websense, Lee was the Asia Pacific vice president of Crossbeam Systems covering Australasia as well as Japan, India and China.

Prior to that, Lee spent seven years as Asia Pacific vice president for Nokia Enterprise Solutions.

As head of the enterprise solutions division, Lee was responsible for overseeing regional sales for a host of products including security and mobility solutions.

Lee said there were some great opportunities in the region.

He said Websense in the past year had doubled headcount and opened a technical assistance centre in Beijing as well as a research and development centre based in China.

"This is an exciting challenge as Websense continues to expand its product portfolio to include Internet filtering and security solutions for SMBs right through to a solution for information leak prevention," Lee said.

The SurfControl buyout has given Websense executives a lot of confidence and readied it to take on its larger rivals like Symantec.

Combined revenues of Websense and SurfControl are about $275 million, a lot smaller than market leader Symantec, which has sales of over US$4.1 billion.

Prior to joining Nokia, Lee was the president of Aunet, a venture capital-funded Internet Service Provider dedicated to serving the corporate market in the Asian region. He also worked with General Electric in the United States.

Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Denver, Colorado, USA.

- with Matt Hines

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