Websense TRITON Trumps All Vendors Within Independent Security Effectiveness
Results show Websense real-time defenses cover breadth of cyber kill chain,
including data theft detection
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 26, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Miercom, the well-respected
worldwide testing service, recently conducted one of the largest independent
tests of real-world threat protection capabilities of web security systems.
Results show that Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) demonstrated superior security
effectiveness, threat detection and mitigation capabilities over the other
The test pitted Websense^® TRITON™ Web Security Gateway Anywhere, powered by
the Websense Advanced Classification Engine (ACE), against web security
systems offered by Blue Coat^® Systems, Inc., Cisco^®, McAfee^®, Palo Alto
Networks™and FireEye^®, Inc. The results are published and available at
www.websense.com/proveit. Findings clearly prove that Websense demonstrated
superior capabilities in the areas of web security effectiveness, modern
malware threat stages, data theft and loss protection, malware sandboxing and
forensic reporting, and manageability and effectiveness.
"It's clear from our testing that Websense TRITON Web Security Gateway
Anywhere has stronger detection capabilities across advanced threat stages,"
said Robert Smithers, chief executive officer, Miercom. "To truly mimic a
real-world environment, we tested 2.2 million open live web requests of an
unknown nature. This is a departure from traditional testing methods, which
typically use known samples and produce artificially high results compared to
Miercom's methodology allowed each solution to have a fair and equal chance of
analyzing, classifying and blocking threats in real-time as they would on a
business network. Using an unknown sample is key when identifying crucial
security effectiveness metrics against day-to-day and advanced attacks. Attack
methods include zero-day exploits, targeted and timed attacks, spear-phishing,
lures and redirects hidden in social networking. This research tactic tested
predictive defenses that aim to proactively protect users when they click on
web links in real time.
"With Websense TRITON, we are confident that we have created the most
innovative and effective security for today's businesses, and this report
proves it," said Russ Dietz, chief technology officer of Websense. "Threats
are cracking enterprises on an almost daily basis because as an industry, many
organizations are reliant on outdated security products. The Miercom testing
results confirm that nothing can match security delivered by the unified web,
email and data intelligence of TRITON."
Miercom Security Effectiveness Test Results
This Miercom testing was conducted in January of 2013. The effectiveness and
validation tests addressed five security areas including: websecurity
effectiveness, modern malware threat stages, data theft and loss protection,
malware sandboxing and forensic reporting, and manageability and
oThe web security effectiveness test used a data set of more than 2.2
million live web requests. These requests were of an unknown nature and
targeted the web server through the web gateway. Websense correctly
blocked 68 percent more malicious links, suspicious links, exploit kits,
malware and other associated threats than the next ranking competitor.
oThe modern malware threat stages test determined the systems' ability to
detect and defend against kill chain stages, including individual
detection of exploit kits, lures and dropper files. Again, the accumulated
Websense scores were higher than all other units tested.
oData theft and loss protection capabilities for Websense TRITON Web
Security Gateway Anywhere were tested using six data theft and loss
scenarios, including: custom encrypted file detection; password file data
theft; optical character recognition of text within an image to protect
confidential data; slow (or cumulative) data leak detection; and
geo-location awareness. Again, Miercom validated Websense's innovative
features for data theft and loss.
oMalware sandboxing and forensic reporting is critical to understand
malware infection steps, system changes and call-home communications.
Organizations need to know who was attacked, how they were attacked, where
communications were destined, and what data was targeted with data theft
capture. Websense TRITON Web Security Gateway Anywhere and the
ThreatScope™ malware sandbox scored higher than the FireEye MPS appliance,
in a comparison of the two solutions side by side.
oThe most effective security isn't any good if it isn't easily manageable.
In the manageability and effectiveness review, Miercom determined the
relative value of: the management dashboard; unified policy creation and
management capabilities; standard and custom security reporting; and the
action ability of the information gathered. Miercom again found Websense
"This test speaks volumes on why the majority of today's security products
fail," said Dietz. "Far too many security vendors wait and try to stop the
final deliverable—the malware itself—only if they know the signature. Our
research has shown that by disrupting any link in the attack chain,
organizations can significantly increase their effectiveness in thwarting
these persistent attacks."
The Websense ACE security defenses are the foundation for Websense TRITON Web
Security Gateway Anywhere effectiveness. ACE combines seven in-depth defenses
using composite scoring with predictive analysis. More than 10,000 analytics
within ACE are derived from the ThreatSeeker™ Intelligence Cloud, which unites
more than 900 million endpoints and analyzes up to five billion requests per
day. ACE defenses are utilized within the Websense ThreatScope™ malware
analysis sandbox and TRITON web, email, data and mobile security solutions.
"The Miercom data speaks for itself and the implications are clear. When you
are facing real-world network traffic—not just a canned collection of known
threats—features like Websense's real-time, inline defenses provide a clear
advantage, and could likely be the difference in protecting an organization,"
The Miercom report is available in its entirety, including detailed test
methodology and results, online at www.websense.com/proveit.
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.
About Miercom, Inc.
Miercom has hundreds of product-comparison analyses published over the years
in leading network trade periodicals including Network World, Business
Communications Review, Tech Web - NoJitter, Communications News, xchange,
Internet Telephony and other leading publications.
Miercom's private test services include competitive product analyses, as well
as individual product evaluations. Miercom features comprehensive
certification and test programs including: Certified Interoperable, Certified
Reliable, Certified Secure and Certified Green. The Performance Verified
program is a thorough and trusted assessment for product usability and
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