Websense Web Security Gateway Offers Security via SAAS

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Web 2.0 technologies have created a new breed of threats for the enterprise. Can solution providers protect the enterprise with the latest Websense service and still sleep at night?

For many network administrators, security and insomnia go hand in hand. After all, threats are omnipresent and attacks can happen at any time, day or night. Add to that the rapid adoption of Web 2.0 technologies, and it becomes easy to see how those threats can evolve into something almost impossible to manage. The answer to stopping those threats doesn’t come from a lifetime supply of No-Doze, but from advanced security technologies that can evolve as rapidly as the threat environment.

The key here is adaptability—the capability of the security solution to adapt to the latest techniques employed fast enough to make a difference and without hindering authorized use and communications. Unlike the traditional approach of throwing hardware at the problem, Websense is looking to bring anti-malware, intrusion prevention and Web security technology to the enterprise via a service. While some may question the validity of hosted service, which protects a network from beyond the edge, Websense looks to quell those doubts by incorporating the latest theories and security techniques into its dynamic protection network, ThreatSeeker.

In a nutshell, the ThreatSeeker Network enables Websense Hosted Security Services to employ advanced analytics consisting of rules, signatures, heuristics and application behaviors, which detect and block proxy avoidance, hacking sites, adult content, botnets, keyloggers, phishing attacks, spyware and many other types of unsafe content. All of that is aimed at protecting enterprises of more than 500 users from data loss prevention, Web 2.0 threats, malware or most any other threat.

Websense Hosted Security Services takes a different approach than many of the other SAAS (software-as-a-service) security services on the market. Most competing products focus on only a single area of Web security, such as e-mail, content filtering or encryption. Websense, on the other hand, is aiming to offer the whole ball of wax by incorporating a broad range of security technologies into a single service offering.

Of course, protecting a 500-plus user enterprise is far different from protecting a single-location small business. By moving security into a hosted solution, Websense is able to address security for multiple sites, departments and networks all from a common point and, at the same time, eliminate many layers of security hardware.

There are many advantages to that approach. For example, the cost of security hardware can be reduced significantly. Also, security updates can be applied immediately across the enterprise, ensuring consistency and eliminating overlooked locations. Management also becomes much easier—a single console can manage security for numerous locations, updates can be better automated, alerts are more encompassing and enterprise-level reports can be created quickly.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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