SUNNYVALE, Calif. and SAN DIEGO, Jan. 7, 2003 – Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCSI), a Web security company, and Websense, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBSN), the worldwide leader of employee Internet management (EIM) solutions, today announced an enhanced strategic partnership to distribute Websense’s next-generation EIM database on Blue Coat’s award-winning Web security appliance platform.
The new agreement will allow for the Websense Master Databases to be offered integrated on the box with Blue Coat’s high-performance appliance platform – recently named a “world-class” award winner by Network World. The Websense for Blue Coat solution will support the Websense Master Database featuring more than 80 categories of content, add-on Premium Groups that help IT managers stop malicious mobile code and spyware, and support for 44 different languages.
“Organizations are clearly seeking comprehensive, integrated solutions for outbound Internet access – ones that combine requisite security controls such as user authentication, URL filtering, and anti-virus with quality-of-experience features such as caching and bandwidth management,” said Mark Bouchard, senior program director of Global Networking Strategies for META Group. “When it comes to URL filtering, critical criteria include a leading database of categorized sites and an architecture that minimizes impact on user sessions. An on-box approach supports these requirements, typically providing excellent performance.”
“Customers have requested this type of integrated solution, and we’re pleased to now provide a new deployment option that optimizes functionality without compromising performance,” said Andy Meyer, vice president of marketing for Websense Inc. “The integration of the Websense Master Database directly onto the Blue Coat security platform allows IT administrators to receive benefits of two award-winning products in a single solution.”
“Websense for Blue Coat is the ideal fit for customers who want superior performance and ease of deployment for URL filtering,” said Charles Dauber, vice president of marketing for Blue Coat Systems. “By leveraging our advanced Policy Processing EngineÃ¢â€ž?, security administrators can apply granular security policies across multiple Web security services, including content filtering, Web-based virus scanning, content security and bandwidth management.”
Blue Coat will also support the Websense Reporter product, which offers more than 60 reports by site category, URL, user, department, number of bytes downloaded, time of day or length of download. This helps organizations identify Internet use and security problems, and customize their Internet access enforcement accordingly.
The Websense for Blue Coat solutions are available today through Blue Coat Systems, Websense and each company’s respective channel partners worldwide. Blue Coat support for Websense’s next-generation EIM database is scheduled to be released in Spring 2003. Please contact Blue Coat Systems, Websense or any authorized partner for additional information, or visit www.bluecoat.com and www.websense.com.
About Websense Inc.
Websense Inc. (Nasdaq: WBSN) is the worldwide leader of employee Internet management (EIM) solutions. Websense Enterprise software enables businesses to manage how their employees use the Internet, improving productivity, conserving network bandwidth and storage costs, and mitigating legal liability. Ranked the highest quality database in a recent test of EIM products, Websense delivers the most effective and comprehensive solution in the industry.
Founded in 1994, Websense serves more than 17,800 worldwide customers, ranging in size from 100-person firms to global corporations. These include more than half of the Fortune 500, approximately one-third of Japan’s Nikkei 225 and half of the UK’s FTSE 100, encompassing more than 13 million customer seats, pre-paid on a subscription basis. For more information, visit www.websense.com.
About Blue Coat Systems
Blue Coat Systems, a Web security company, has developed the industry’s first port 80 security appliance. Safeguarding many of the world’s largest corporate networks, this high-performance security appliance intelligently protects against Web-based threats by policing port 80 – the primary hole in the enterprise security infrastructure. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Blue Coat Systems can be reached at 408.220.2200 or at www.bluecoat.com.
The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Blue Coat Systems’ expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to Blue Coat Systems as of the date hereof, and Blue Coat Systems assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These and other risks relating to Blue Coat Systems’ business are set forth in Blue Coat Systems’ most recently filed Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2002, and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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