Websense Seminars Enable Companies to Clamp Down on Workplace Cyber-Espionage
CHERTSEY, 21 August 2003-This autumn, companies throughout Europe will have the opportunity to learn how to prevent becoming victim to the next cyber-espionage attack. Employee Internet management software provider Websense Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) has partnered with leading information security specialists and legal experts to host a series of seminars about the risks hidden in new technologies, including peer-to-peer file sharing and instant messaging-technologies which can expose a company’s computing environment to viruses, spyware, hacking and lawsuits.
The Websense “Cyber-Espionage in the Workplace” seminars will kick off in the United Kingdom on 2 September and continue in Belgium, Germany, France, and Italy through to the middle of October. Websense reports that more than 300 organisations have already registered to attend the seminars since registration opened four weeks ago.
“The series of free half-day seminars is well-timed, following on the heels of the MSBlaster worm outbreak and a proliferation of lawsuits against companies and individuals for illegally downloading copyrighted materials,” said Frank Coggrave, UK Regional Director for Websense Inc. “Through the seminars, we want to educate organisations about new threats to their networks and employees’ computers, and how to avoid legal liability and the potential damage caused by intentional and unintentional misuse of Web access and applications.”
According to the 2003 Emerging Internet Security Survey, more than one in three firms across Europe have reported that their computing environments have been infected with spyware. The Websense seminars are designed to provide participants with guidelines to prevent companies from becoming victim to spyware and other security threats, including a discussion of the latest and most dangerous Internet threats facing businesses today and an overview of case studies that highlight effective tools to protect companies against cyber-espionage.
Morgan Cole solicitors will discuss the legal issues relating to peer-to-peer file sharing, instant messaging and other new technologies. The company will also provide an update on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Act, monitoring in the workplace, data protection and privacy.
Peter Wood, Partner of First Base Technologies and founder of the www.white-hats.co.uk organisation (a vendor-neutral user group providing a knowledge base for IT security management and staff), will demonstrate how new technology fuels the rise in identity theft, organised crime and hacking from cyber-criminals. Wood says, “I am astounded by how little security there is in the typical corporate network and with internal attacks easily eclipsing Web-based hacks, organisations need to take the time to address these deficiencies.”
For further information about the seminars or to register online, please visit www.uk.websense.com/espionage.
About Websense Inc.
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. For more information, visit www.websense.com.
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