Websense completes acquisition of SurfControl

Websense closed its acquisition of SurfControl. The final purchase price is approximately ?204 million, including deferred compensation and stock option expense. The acquisition represents a major milestone in the execution of Websense’s growth strategy to expand its security product portfolio and customer base through both internal development and acquisition.

As a result, Websense offers a powerful set of content security solutions that intelligently protect customers from external malicious attacks and internal information leaks, delivered as downloadable software, on an appliance, and now as an on-demand hosted service. With the acquisition of SurfControl, Websense has doubled its customer base to more than 50,000 organizations worldwide and now protects content for more than 42 million employees.

The company’s products now include a complete set of content protection solutions, including Web security, e-mail and spam filtering, and information leak prevention, tailored to meet the specific requirements of small, medium and enterprise-sized organizations. Over time, Websense plans to enhance SurfControl’s on-demand platform to deliver other hosted content protection services, such as information leak prevention services and advanced Web security offerings based on Websense ThreatSeeker technology.

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