Websense catches surf control wave

Internet security firm Websense is aiming to take on bigger rivals with last week's US$400m capture of SurfControl.

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By  Administrator Published  May 3, 2007

Internet security firm Websense is aiming to take on bigger rivals - Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro - with last week's US$400million capture of SurfControl.

Websense will add the UK firm's e-mail and web site scanning technology to its corporate technology. One of the main objectives of the acquisition is to accelerate Websense's growth in the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market; SurfControl's BlackSpider on-demand content security solution is widely used in this customer segment.

"The combination of Websense and SurfControl is expected to benefit customers, partners and shareholders by creating an IT security solutions company with the scale and product offering to compete more effectively with large global security software companies," said Gene Hodges, CEO of Websense.

In a later conference call with analysts, Hodges spelled out that the firm is looking at Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro as the global players Websense is targeting.

The acquisition will also give the US firm a bigger presence overseas, with SurfControl having a strong customer base in EMEA. Websense will continue to support SurfControl's customers and channel partners. It also plans to introduce a customer satisfaction and retention programme to support SurfControl's layered web security software at least through 2010.

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