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Websense plugs filtering loophole with latest release

  • 22 October, 2003 16:19

<p>Websense Inc. Extends Global Filtering Leadership with Enhanced Capabilities
To Detect and Manage Emerging Employee Computing Risks</p>
<p>Sydney 22 October, 2003—Websense Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), the world’s leading provider of employee Internet management (EIM) solutions, today announced the release of version 5.1 of its flagship Websense Enterprise® software. It delivers enhancements in three key areas: Websense Enterprise® software, Websense Explorer™, and the Client Application Manager™ (CAM) module.</p>
<p>Websense Enterprise v5.1: 1st Web Filtering Solution to Plug Search Engine Caching Loophole</p>
<p>Websense offers another Web filtering industry first by categorising and filtering Web sites that have been cached by search engines. Rather than allowing open access to cached content provided by sites such as Google™ and Akamai, Websense Enterprise now filters such pages according to the content category at the Internet gateway.
This powerful feature prevents employees from circumventing filtering policies through public proxies or embedded URLs. This automated feature runs transparently in the background to ensure that employee access is filtered according to their organisation’s Internet usage policy without IT intervention.</p>
<p>Flexible Deployment Configuration</p>
<p>To adapt to a broad range of customer environments, Websense Enterprise version 5.1 now provides two deployment options in the same package: self-contained standalone mode or integrated with the industry’s widest selection of gateway devices. This version also supports Windows 2003, and Linux-based organisations can now manage network-based pains such as instant messaging (IM) and P2P natively.</p>
<p>Protocol management has been simplified with support for multiple network interface cards (NICs) and the addition of set-up wizards that allow organisations to install and configure the software within minutes.</p>
<p>Forensics and Analytics Reporting with Websense Explorer</p>
<p>Websense Explorer is a dynamic, easy-to-use Web-based reporting application that provides immediate access to information on employee use of computing resources.
Websense Explorer v5.1 now provides role-based reporting, which delivers information on website usage, along with real-time visibility into employee use of bandwidth and various protocols such as P2P, IM and streaming media. Once inappropriate activity is highlighted, it can be blocked by updating policies within Websense Enterprise.</p>
<p>The latest version also enables IT administrators to configure Websense Explorer to provide department-specific reporting views of employee computing usage, which allows department managers to view information related to their own employees without exposing information and compromising privacy of employees within other departments. In addition, individual departments can now run their own usage reports without IT support.
Desktop Security and Policy Enforcement with Client Application Manager™ (CAM)
Websense CAM provides a powerful additional layer of defence at the desktop against blended threats, malware, virus outbreaks, spyware, P2P applications, IM abuse and employee hacking for both online and offline use.</p>
<p>The updated Websense v5.1 CAM enables single-click deployment from the Websense management console. Additional Web-based reporting features in CAM include heightened levels of information about the desktop environment including a summarised list of applications, and reports on employee or department application usage and application usage by category.</p>
<p>Availability</p>
<p>Websense Enterprise v5.1 will be available for download on Nov. 4, 2003 at www.websense.com/downloads. For more information, please visit www.websense.com.</p>
<p>About Websense Inc.</p>
<p>Websense Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) is the world’s leading provider of employee Internet management solutions. Websense Enterprise software enables organisations to manage how employees use their computing resources, including Internet access, desktop applications and network bandwidth. These solutions help improve productivity and security, conserve information technology resources, and mitigate legal liability for our customers. Websense serves more than 19,400 customers worldwide, including many of the world’s largest corporations. Local distributors are: Digital Networks Australia (DNA) and ALSTOM IT in Australia; Kaon Technologies in New Zealand. Visit www.websense.com for further information.</p>
<p>For further info: Niki France, n2n communications: 02-9450 0582; 0417 214 308; nfrance@n2n.com.au</p>

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