Magic Quadrant Finds Increase in Targeted Phishing Attacks
Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 9:54 AM by CommunityAdmin
Leading analyst firm Gartner just released the 2012 Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways (SEG) * and noted an uptick in targeted phishing attacks. The report states "Phishing attacks continue to oscillate, while more targeted phishing attacks...   Read more >
Going to TechEd? Come see our Microsoft Windows 2012 DAC integration
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2012 9:02 AM by Anonymous
A recent Ponemon Institute survey of 1,000 IT managers found that 72 percent say protecting company data is more stressful than getting a divorce, managing personal debt, or being in a minor car accident. With today’s threats continuing to evolve...   Read more >
LinkedIn Breach, Part II: What You Need to Prepare for Next
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2012 8:29 PM by Jason Clark
Yesterday’s LinkedIn breach made headlines, but I want to go deeper and provide practical advice for organizations on how they can anticipate any DLP consequences and tighten their network security. As the world’s largest professional social...   Read more >
DLP is Essential; the Issue is “How”
Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 7:37 AM by Anonymous
Before we begin, I recommended reading Getting Ready For Data Loss Prevention (DLP) . Go ahead, I’ll wait for you… Back? OK, now let’s talk what comes after; the “How” to implement DLP part. As a next step, and at the risk...   Read more >
Four Keys for IP Protection
Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 8:25 AM by Jason Clark
Do you think data breaches are up or down in 2011 compared to 2007 or 2008? The official answer may surprise you. According to DatalossDB and the 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report by Verizon, the number of records compromised per year has been decreasing...   Read more >
Credit Union Times: First Tech Merger Partners with Websense for Data Security
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:22 AM by Talia James

Credit Union Times recently published an article highlighting First Tech Federal Credit Union’s decision to partner with Websense for data security during a massive merger. During a merger, the risk of losing data increases significantly because huge amounts of sensitive information are moved around. Keeping the data from inadvertently or maliciously getting into the wrong hands is paramount.

Earlier this year, First Tech of Beaverton and Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union completed their consolidation in a massive interstate merger worth $4.75 billion with 38 branches and about 335,000 members across the nation. Websense data loss prevention capabilities were employed to protect more than 55,000 separate merger-related pieces of communications between April and November of 2010, critical to the regulatory needs of the organizations.

“We chose to implement Websense DSS during the merger and beyond, because the technology is well aligned with the growth of our organization,” Phil Romero, Senior Security Architect at First Tech

Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union had already been using Websense Data Security Suite for years prior to the merger. When Addison Avenue faced the decision of which technology to implement during its merger, it chose to expand its use of DSS and purchased six additional appliances to also implement a deeper deployment of Websense Web Security Gateway. Websense now provides First Tech Federal Credit Union the necessary tools to track and control how data is stored and moved over internal and external channels.

“Protecting confidential data during a merger and acquisition is critical to its success. In such transitional times, company files are almost always sent through an organization’s biggest communication channels: Web and email. And that’s when data is at great risk,” Patrick Murray, Websense senior director of product management

Check out our press release on the merger here.

For more information on Websense Web Security Gateway click here.

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Data Security at Content Creation with Microsoft and Websense
Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 4:32 PM by Anonymous
I think there is a need for industries to first admit a problem – a problem with data. A huge volume of new content is being created, shared and moved inside and outside our walls every second. The challenge is that much of this data is sensitive...   Read more >
Bank Systems & Technology: Major Credit Union Merger Partners with Websense to Protect Data
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 7:01 PM by Talia James

Bank Systems & Technology recently published an article  highlighting the partnership between Websense and First Tech Federal Credit Union. The article is centered on an interview with Phil Romero, senior security architect at First Tech Federal. Romero discusses how he recently partnered with  Websense to help safeguard data during a recent merger.


At the beginning of this year, First Tech Credit Union finalized a $4.75 billion merger with Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union, creating First Tech Federal Credit Union. This major merger combined a base of 335,000 customers in 38 branches across the United States.  And, protecting the large amount of sensitive data that needed to be exchanged and moved during the consolidation of the two organizations was essential for success.

While Addison Avenue had been using the Websense solution since 2007, First Tech had a different DLP system. Romero stated that he needed a system that was able to “identify and protect moving and static data, and be flexible enough to expand with a growing institution.” In this article, Romero explains how he found the Websense DLP system to be the best for the task.

"I've worked with several different types of DLP systems in the past, and being familiar with their functionality, it was clear that Websense was a robust enough product to really support the needs of the credit union moving forward," he explains. "The ease of management, throughput and performance capabilities, and the scope of visibility of the product itself really addressed all of our current and potentially future needs." – Phillip Romero, First Tech Federal Credit Union

Using the Websense DLP solution, First Tech Federal Credit Union was able to secure both its email and web activity. Romero noted that First Tech Federal Credit Union was able to secure more than 50,000 merger-related emails between April and November of 2010.

"The system is very robust and complete as a product," says Romero. "It has the ability to allow us to fingerprint the kind of information that we have to protect and then implement the control mechanisms to make sure that data stayed secure at all times, even when it left the company."

For more information on the Websense DLP solution, click here.

To read more about the Websense partnership with First Tech Federal Credit Union, check out our press release here.


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CBS News: The First Step to Mobile Security is Often a Stumble
Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:55 AM by Talia James

CBS News TechTalk just published an article questioning the security of smartphone passcodes. Patrik Runald of Websense warns about the serious implications of an unlocked phone in the wrong hands, as smartphones frequently have a massive amount of personal or even corporate information stored on the them.

"Just think about the information you have stored on your phone and what would happen if that information came into the wrong hands… Your emails, your contacts, your calendar, your notes... You might have Twitter and Facebook set to auto-login and now the thief can post public messages in your name." -- Patrik Runald, senior manager of security research at Websense

A 20-year-old NYU student is also noted for a recently completed research project on the most common smartphone passcodes. Nearly 10 percent of the passcodes in his research sample were one of five common combinations: 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111 and 5555.

Bottom line: don’t make your PIN something easy to remember or guess. It might seem obvious, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Proper passcodes are just the first step in smartphone security, but one you must get right.

 For more information from the WebsenseSecurity Labs™ click here. Read more about securing company mobile phones here.


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Websense Positioned as a Leader in Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateway
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 3:00 AM by Patricia Hogan

Websense Positioned as a Leader in Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateway

Websense also positioned as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Content-Aware Data Loss Prevention

SAN DIEGO, June 8, 2011 - In 2010, 52 percent of data-stealing attacks were conducted over the web(i) and 2011 doesn't look any safer. To stop targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats (APTs), organizations need new security strategies. Their content security needs to examine-in real time-the substance of each website and email. Traditional endpoint and network security products are no longer sufficient. That's why Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) developed the TRITONTM solution, including the Websense® Web Security Gateway. And today, Websense announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned Websense as a leader in its recently released "Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateway."(ii)

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The Lang & O’Leary Exchange: Canadian Cybercrime Rising
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2011 8:56 PM by Talia James



Last week, Patrik Runald joined CBC’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange to discuss the recent surge in Canadian cybercrime. In the segment, Runald answers a series of questions on why this escalation is happening. He explains how the increase is not an accident, but rather a calculated, organized move. To avoid the severe scrutiny of security software that IP addresses in China and Eastern Europe experience, cybercriminals are moving their networks to countries like Canada that have better cyber reputations. Canadian infrastructure is being used to attack users worldwide. As a result, in the past year alone, Canada has seen a 319 percent jump in servers hosting phishing sites, a 53 percent increase in bot networks, and is now number six in the world for hosting cybercrime.

The numbers are continuously rising, and attacks are growing increasingly more advanced. Read more about the threats here. Watch the full interview here.




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Websense Customer Support Certification Rounds Out "Unified Product" Benefits to Content Security Customers
Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 5:05 AM by Websense, Inc. - All News Releases
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Ripped from the headlines, “___ leaks thousands of your files” - Data Breaches: Part 1
Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 11:54 AM by CommunityAdmin
How many letters have you received? You know what I’m talking about. Let’s talk data breaches. Let’s avoid the hype of the headlines and some of the sensationalism of the media coverage. And look at a few facts from recent episodes to...   Read more >
CSO Perspective Part I: Lara Croft and Corporate Security?
Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 1:54 AM by Jason Clark


This week, I am doing two presentations at CSO Perspectives 2011. I look forward to sharing the stage with two dynamic CSOs who have deep experience securing their enterprises from every attack imaginable. And they both have their own views on how to deal with a fast-paced threat environment in ”organizations without borders.”

Jerry Archer is the Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for Sallie Mae. We’re going to talk about what Angelina Jolie has to do with data loss prevention. Sounds interesting, right? But Jerry and I have been talking about doing this talk for some time now.   It will be a great discussion.


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Websense® TRITON ™: Security Solutions However, Wherever, and Whenever You Need Them
Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 5:40 PM by Talia James

Infoexecutive Canada just released a new article that features Websense’s very own David Meizlik in highlighting Websense® TRITON ™ as the first of its kind in the security product market.  The article draws attention to the necessity of maximum flexibility in security products used by all types of customers so that they can have full license to use all Websense Web, Email, and Data Security solution modules “however, wherever and whenever they need.” 

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Websense® TRITON ™ Architecture Fights Fire with Fire
Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 5:52 PM by Talia James

“There is no question that the threat landscape is evolving at a rapid pace… Furthermore, cyber-perpetrators will readily pounce on exploitable gaps in legacy security products… what Websense is accomplishing with its TRITON architecture is providing businesses with an extensible and adaptable mechanism to fight fire with fire” – Michael Suby, VP Research at Stratecast

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Prevent modern threats without preventing modern business
Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:11 PM by Devin Redmond



Yesterday we announced a revolutionary new weapon for those looking to combat today’s most pressing and urgent security issues, while still taking full advantage of all that the internet has to offer.

Let’s face it: Zeus, Stuxnet, Aurora, and WikiLeaks prove that legacy security products are totally ineffective against modern threats. This is a wakeup call for the security industry. 

Consider these facts from a recent Miercom test:

Blue Coat is only 18.9 % effective at blocking modern malware threats, Cisco is only 12.8% effective. Blue Coat is only 29.4% effective at blocking dynamic content on the social Web. McAfee is only 19.8% effective.

And our own research shows that 20 percent of daily email threats are undetected by AV, UTMs, firewalls, and proxies. This is a failure of the security industry in general, and it cannot be solved with the latest DAT file.

In the meantime, while the rest of the industry is talking about concepts down the road, the real security paradigm shift occurred yesterday.



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Five Security Predictions for 2011
Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 7:24 AM by Matthew Mors

These predictions are based on Websense® Security Labs™ research. The team examined the reputation and behavioral analysis of Websense ThreatSeeker Network intelligence, which uses more than 50 million real-time data collecting systems to analyze one billion pieces of content daily. Together with the Websense Advanced Classification Engine (ACE), the ThreatSeeker Network provides Websense with unparalleled visibility into the state of content on the Internet and in email.


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Part 3, Conclusion: What the Release Really Means for You
Posted: Friday, December 3, 2010 7:07 PM by CommunityAdmin


Graphic of hourglass, colored in blue and grey; a circular map of the western hemisphere of the world drips from the top to bottom chamber of the hourglass.So in my previous two posts,, we talked a little about the ramifications and risks that this incident has brought to light within your business.  Now I’d like to speak on a practical level, things you can do to prevent just this sort of thing from happening to you.

It may come as a surprise to some that legacy controls aren't enough.  And, as this incident showed, it's not just email that data is being lost through: the Web is four times more likely, and USB is a large vector too.  However, a myopic approach to solving the problem can be dangerous. Shutting down access - a natural, gut reaction - will only create more obstacles and impede an organizations ability to operate at their peak capacity.


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Part 2: What the Release Really Means for You
Posted: Thursday, December 2, 2010 9:00 AM by CommunityAdmin

Another day and WikiLeaks is still top of mind. As a follow-up to yesterday’s blog post, the following is an excerpt from the WikiLeaks/Forbes Q&A interview:

Reporter: So do you have very high impact corporate stuff to release then?

Julian Assange: Yes, but maybe not as high impact…I mean, it could take down a bank or two.

Reporter: That sounds like high impact.

Julian Assange: But not as big an impact as the history of a whole war. But it depends on how you measure these things.

In this way Mr. Assange is correct, it depends on how you measure these things. To me, “taking down a bank or two” seems mammoth and potentially damaging to an already tenuous global economy. And if leaking documents can “take down” a multibillion dollar financial institution, what could the potential ramification for your business be?


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