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Last week we announced several new, important core security technologies that we added to our TRITON architecture. Websense ACE now includes 10 new defense innovations; seven are focused on outbound traffic to keep data theft and call-home communications contained, preventing theft or loss. Because so many of them are industry firsts, I wanted to take a moment to explain what many of these do and why we created them.
Truth is, the bad guys are stealing corporate data and avoiding detection using advanced techniques. In just the last year, we've seen key intellectual property and user identities stolen from corporations and government agencies, including some you would least expect-including entertainment (gaming) and security companies!
Below are a few examples of how cyber criminals are going undetected, stealing your IP, and how we can stop it from happening.
The RSA Conference is almost here! Here’s a quick run down on previews and activities we’ll be involved in at next week’s RSA Conference.
- Websense will be at booth #1332. We’ll be doing informative presentations on how to solve thorny problems, and we’ll also be doing live product demos. We’ll also be showcasing the new X10G—proving that “FINALLY! AGGRESSIVE SECURITY SCALES.” If you work for a large enterprise, stop by to find out why that should matter to you.
- Wednesday, February 29 at 10:40 a.m. in room 121: “The Social Web: Business vs. Security—How to Be a Winner." Hear about the latest threat research on social media and how organizations can embrace social media and stay safe. It will feature Patrik Runald, senior manager of Security Research for the Websense Security Labs and Albert Gore, director of IT Operations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
- Thursday, March 1 at 8 a.m. in room 310: “Top Security Weathermen Forecast the Cloud,” a panel discussion featuring Websense CEO Gene Hodges and several other security executives. They will discuss the benefits and challenges of cloud security services.
- Click here for a podcast of Websense CSO Jason Clark discussing the most interesting conference sessions, how CSOs and CISOs can enable business, and his advice for first-time attendees.
It should be a great conference. We hope to see you there. Remember to drop by Websense booth #1332, where we will have details on our uniquely effective security solutions. And why no one else on earth stops more threats!
Recently, Blue Coat announced the end of support for Websense in the next version of ProxySG (v6.3) and noted that affected customers using Websense need to migrate to Blue Coat WebFilter. The announcement incorrectly states that Websense was not providing updates and support despite recently working together to solve a customer issue. Websense fully supports its integrated product versions and has an open offer to Blue Coat executives to integrate its real-time defenses to increase the security effectiveness provided to joint customers.
The ‘net-net’ is that Blue Coat, at its sole discretion, decided to end support for Websense, thus removing the option for customers to protect their networks with market-leading Websense® web filtering. The Websense solution is backed by the Websense ThreatSeeker® Network, which is now linked into Facebook and its more than 800 million users, plus the Advanced Classification Engine (ACE) with its multiple defenses and real-time composite scoring to detect advanced threats and stop data-stealing attacks.
Over the years, Blue Coat has been challenged to develop product solutions on two fronts, one being web security and the other WAN optimization. Resources at Blue Coat are limited, and trade-offs have to be considered: Blue Coat had seven product releases over the past five years, and they were focused on WAN optimization, not security.
Security advancements in ProxySG and the underlying operating system SGOS have been few, if any, per-product release cycles during these years, including the most recent release v6.2. An example of trade- offs includes changing SGOS v5.x to allow non-compliant protocol traffic by default to make WAN optimization deployments easier at the expense of security. The other side of release cycles is software testing, and that can be a major bottleneck and delay in time to market (even more so when building WAN optimization into a web proxy). In order for Blue Coat to sustain advancements in ProxySG for web security, they have to try to do more with less.
Removing custom SDKs that support market-leading web filtering is one way to accomplish this objective at an expense to customers. The result for Blue Coat appears to be less code, less testing, less functionality, fewer support issues, and faster time to market for a release cycle. For an organization facing escalating feature requests from customers and declining rankings in analyst quadrants, they are faced with cutting back to the basics and trying to move forward. The big question is if there is enough runway to lift off and change the downward slide in web security at Blue Coat.
Pease read the following document here to read why you should consider Blue Coat as a tactical solution and Websense as a longer-term strategic web defense.
Leading market research firm IDC just reported that Websense is at the center of “content security” convergence. At Websense, are obviously pleased with this conclusion. We’ve spent the last six years transforming our portfolio and company from a nice-to-have URL filter to a mission-critical content security solution. So IDC’s affirmation is music to our ears. But many security professionals might be wondering: just what exactly is content security? How is it different from traditional security? And why should I care? So let’s take a moment to explore these questions, starting with the last question first: you should care because the traditional pillars of enterprise security—perimeter and endpoint security – are clearly no longer cutting the mustard. In fact, talking about them takes me back to my college days preparing for the LSAT when we toyed with logical fallacies and the principle that something can be necessary, but not sufficient. Again, just to be clear – I’m stating that both perimeter and endpoint security ARE necessary… they’re just NOT sufficient.
We want to keep you abreast of the latest security trends, innovations, insights and best practices by inviting you to attend one of this year’s RSA Conference events featuring Websense security experts. We’ve got some great panels and discussions lined up that we would love for you to be a part of. You can also stop by our booth, #1129, to learn more about some exciting new solutions we will be announcing.
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.
Security threats continue to evolve and be more advanced and persistent, leaving traditional security vendors struggling to keep up with the flood of new threats emerging every day. Rich Internet applications and the Web 2.0 platform have been combined with old-world-style attacks designed to evade legacy security controls and exploit coverage gaps. To address this new age of security threats, Websense has built the Websense® Advanced Classification Engine (ACE), part of the Websense TRITON™ Solution...