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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