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Websense Enhances Security for Wireless Internet Users
[March 30, 2007]

Websense Enhances Security for Wireless Internet Users


TMCnet Assistant Editor
 
As Internet access becomes more and more popular via wireless devices, it is important that carriers protect their networks and subscribers from the same threats the internet poses to those who access the internet via notebooks and PCs.
 
Malicious content and protecting minors from accessing inappropriate content are of concern even for this kind of access.
 
As a solution, Websense (News - Alert) Wireless, a division of Websense Inc. which provides Internet filtering and enterprise security software, has introduced the Websense Wireless URL Categorization Engine.


 
The new engine features a special ThreatSeeker technology that classifies URL's and filters them for blocking or allowing accesses.

 
This allows carriers to offer their subscribers parental controls or additional options for premium content. Not only does this offer additional revenue streams but it also helps carriers to remain compliant with government and industry regulations.
 
Kian Saneii, general manager, Websense Wireless explained in a statement to the press, “The increasing availability of Internet-enabled wireless devices such as SmartPhones, most of which now feature broadband connectivity, is making it easier for wireless subscribers to enjoy a similar online experience that they have on their desktops. Unfortunately that also means increased exposure to online security threats and content unsuitable for minors. Wireless operators and Internet service providers are now seeking a reliable, proven content filtering solution to deliver parental controls while also effectively protecting their subscribers from Web-based security threats.”
 
According a recent news release, ThreatSeeker is unique from antivirus systems and signature-based technology because it is a reputation-based Web security that includes Web Reputation Scoring which helps to identify and classify Web sites based on reputation scores and suspicious characteristics.
 
"Websense ThreatSeeker scans more than 600 million Web sites per week to give Websense the power to protect operators; mobile networks before they are compromised by security threats," the news release noted.
 
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