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Published Monday, October 03, 2011 1:55 PM by News Release Archive

Patented Websense security technology allows safe use of the world's most popular website; Websense is Facebook's first commercial vendor partner for web security

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Facebook, Inc. and Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in unified web security, email security, and data security solutions, today announced a technology integration partnership that helps to protect Facebook users from links that lead to malware and malicious sites.

Starting today, Websense technology will add to Facebook's existing protections to stop users from clicking on links without knowing the trustworthiness of the destination. When a Facebook user clicks on a link it will be checked against the Websense database. If Websense determines the link is malicious, the user will see a page that offers the choice to continue at their own risk, return to the previous screen, or get more information on why it was flagged as suspicious.

"Facebook cares deeply about protecting users from potentially malicious content on the internet," said Dan Rubinstein, Facebook product manager for Site Integrity. "We are excited about our partnership with Websense to provide industry leading tools to help our users protect themselves."

This new Facebook security service is powered by the Websense® ThreatSeeker® Cloud, an advanced classification and malware identification platform. Within the ThreatSeeker Cloud, the web content is analyzed in real-time by Websense's proprietary Advanced Classification Engine (ACE) technology, which prevents data loss and malware exposure by identifying complex online threats and content.

"Websense has been analyzing and classifying the internet for more than 15 years, and now all Facebook users will be protected by the same core technology that is used in the market-leading Websense TRITON™ enterprise security solutions," said Dan Hubbard, Websense Chief Technology Officer. "Every day, Websense Security Labs™ works to discover, investigate, and report on advanced internet threats that are designed to circumvent antivirus products. By providing real-time protection from malware, spyware, inappropriate content, data leaks, and spam, we make it safe for people and businesses to use the web."

For more information on this new Facebook service, please visit www.facebook.com/security. To learn more about Websense TRITON and Websense security technology, please visit www.websense.com/content/TRITON-solutions.aspx. To learn more about the Websense ThreatSeeker Cloud, click here.

About Websense, Inc.

Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in unified web security, email security, and data loss prevention (DLP) solutions, delivers the best content security for modern threats at the lowest total cost of ownership to tens of thousands of enterprise, mid-market and small organizations around the world. Distributed through a global network of channel partners and delivered as appliance-based software or Security-as-a-Service (SaaS), Websense content security solutions help organizations leverage web 2.0 and cloud-based communication, collaboration, and social media, while protecting from advanced persistent threats and modern malware, preventing the loss of confidential information, and enforcing internet use and security policies. Websense is headquartered in San Diego, California with offices around the world. For more information, visit www.websense.com.

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