Websense and F5 Networks Announce Joint Development of High-Performance
Joint solutions provide highly scalable security and real-time protection
against advanced threats and data theft
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 25, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) and
F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) today announced a long-term, strategic
agreement to develop the industry's most comprehensive, scalable, real-time
network security offerings. The two companies also announced the immediate
availability of the first solution on their joint development roadmap.
"We are the first in the industry to build a consistent set of security
services across application delivery controllers and unified access
solutions," said Ryan Windham, senior director of corporate development for
Websense. "Our partnership with F5 allows enterprises to secure sensitive data
from both inbound attacks and outbound exfiltration through a single,
integrated security platform—combining security effectiveness with network
The integrated solutions will provide high-performance security in the flow
between users and applications, wherever they exist. This will enable cloud
applications and empower users while securing intellectual property and
providing inline, real-time protection against advanced threats. The
architecture provides bi-directional, context-aware security based on
identity, device and location as well as application, data and destination
"F5 secures access to applications and data through a highly scalable,
intelligent services framework deployed at strategic points in the network,"
said Mark Vondemkamp, vice president of security product management and
marketing at F5 Networks. "Our partnership with Websense adds inline,
real-time defenses to detect advanced threats and data theft, making it safer
for organizations to conduct business."
This partnership extends F5's existing unified access solutions, which provide
secure, accelerated remote access and identity federation for web, virtual
desktop infrastructure (VDI), client-server and SaaS applications. By
implementing these solutions in conjunction with F5's application delivery
firewall, application security, mobile app management, and application access
management solutions, organizations can effectively protect their entire
"Websense is an established leader in security intelligence and F5 Networks is
known for high performance benchmarks—this alliance is poised to create a
solid and unified solution for large enterprises," said Michael Suby,
Stratecast vice president of research for Frost & Sullivan. "The Websense and
F5 partnership adds necessary contextual security to the application delivery
controller and unified access solutions. It solves the problem of dispersed
intelligence by linking data center and user traffic flows, which is something
that hasn't been done before through a single platform."
Organizations today are susceptible to highly sophisticated attacks such as
application vulnerability exploitation, spear-phishing and advanced malware.
If successful, cybercriminals can steal crucial data and disrupt commercial
"It's very encouraging to see these two industry titans come together to bring
security defenses to the enterprise datacenter," said Andy Welsh, director of
partner alliances at Accuvant. "Accuvant is a key channel partner for both F5
Networks and Websense—and today's development is a sign of great things to
come. We are looking forward to seeing this partnership thrive and offering
these solutions to our clients worldwide."
Today, the companies also announced the immediate availability of the first
solution on their joint development roadmap. This solution optimizes the
interoperability of the F5^® BIG-IP^® platform and Websense® X10G™ and
V-Series™ appliances. Leveraging a choice of F5 iApps^® technology to
streamline configuration and deployment, the combined solution provides
unified access and effective security against advanced threat stages,
including data theft, with increased scalability and availability. F5 and
Websense will continue to integrate their respective platforms through a
series of interoperability releases.
For more information about this alliance, please visit
www.websense.com/content/websense-triton-security-alliance-partners. For more
information on the proven effectiveness of Websense TRITON™ defenses, please
visit www.websense.com/proveit. Visit the F5 website for background on the
highly scalable F5 BIG-IP platform by clicking here:
About F5 Networks
F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes the connected world run better. F5 helps
organizations meet the demands and embrace the opportunities that come with
the relentless growth of voice, data, and video traffic, mobile workers, and
applications—in the data center, the network, and the cloud. The world's
largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer
brands rely on F5's intelligent services framework to deliver and protect
their applications and services while ensuring people stay connected. Learn
more at www.f5.com.
You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on Facebook for more
information about F5, its partners, and technology. For a complete listing of
F5 community sites, please visit
F5, BIG-IP, DevCentral, iRules, iControl, and iApps are trademarks or service
marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries.
About Websense, Inc.
Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) is a global leader in protecting organizations
from the latest cyber attacks and data theft. Websense TRITON comprehensive
security solutions unify web security, email security, mobile security and
data loss prevention (DLP) at the lowest total cost of ownership. Tens of
thousands of enterprises rely on Websense TRITON security intelligence to stop
advanced persistent threats, targeted attacks and evolving malware. Websense
prevents data breaches, intellectual property theft and enforces security
compliance and best practices. A global network of channel partners
distributes scalable, unified appliance- and cloud-based Websense TRITON
Websense TRITON stops more threats, visit www.websense.com/proveit to see
proof. To access the latest Websense security insights and connect through
social media, please visit www.social.websense.com. For more information,
visitwww.websense.com and www.websense.com/triton.
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