Websense Inc. and Network Appliance Collaborate to Help Businesses Manage Web Content, Increase Productivity

San Diego and Sunnyvale, CA - March 5, 2002 -- Websense Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) and Network Appliance (NASDAQ: NTAP) today released a new solution combining Websense's latest, market-leading employee Internet management (EIM) software with Network Appliance content delivery appliances.

The solution, launching today, integrates Websense's full-featured EIM software-Websense Enterprise v4.3-with Network Appliance high-performance content delivery appliances via ICAP (Internet Content Adaptation Protocol), a protocol that enables communication between edge content devices and application servers.

The combination of Websense software and NetApp® content delivery solutions boosts network performance and security by caching frequently visited Web pages and limiting access to unproductive, bandwidth-intensive content. In addition, enterprise customers benefit from a joint caching-EIM solution that provides faster network speeds, improved employee productivity and reduced legal liabilities.

"Network Appliance is the market-leading content delivery vendor, and we're confident this joint solution provides customers with a highly scalable integration option for deploying our software," said Andy Meyer, vice president of marketing, Websense. "By choosing Websense and Network Appliance, customers get high-performance content delivery and full-featured employee Internet management-not simplistic porn blocking and limited management options, as with other filtering products on the market."

"Customers can't afford a filtering solution that exposes them to legal liability or fails to scale under stressed network conditions," said Amit Pandey, senior director of marketing and strategic alliances, content delivery business unit, Network Appliance. "An integrated, secure, content management filtering solution is a critical step in providing customers with more control over their networks. By working with the leading vendor for filtering solutions, NetApp provides customers with a full-featured EIM software package that scales to the size of their networks, provides protection from inappropriate Web content, and saves bandwidth and storage costs."

Websense Enterprise-enabled NetApp Internet Access Management solutions provide the following features:

  • Flexible management options - Aside from block/not block, administrators are also able to manage employee Internet use in eight different ways, such as by postponing non-work-related content or setting time-based quotas for limited personal surfing.
  • High-quality Websense Master Database - Administrators can manage employee Internet use with the highest quality database in the EIM space, consisting of more than 700 million Web pages in more than 40 languages and 78 content categories. In addition, it is the freshest database in the industry, cleaned every seven hours.
  • Transparent identification - Administrators can easily enforce Internet access policies by automatically identifying users by their NT user names. This ease-of-use feature is critical to busy employees and network administrators, and makes deployment of users and group-based access policies even easier.
  • Bandwidth use reporting - Utilizing the joint solution, administrators are able to generate 50-plus reports about network-to-Internet use, including sites visited, bandwidth use and more.
  • Enterprise scalability - Network Appliance NetCache supports multi-system administration for large deployments, log tools for multi-appliance analysis and reporting, enterprise framework software integrations, and a centralized appliance manager.
  • Secure and flexible authentication - The joint solution is easy-to-install and upgrade. NetCache also offers seamless integration with Kerberos (Win2000) NTLM, LDAP and RADIUS authentication support. Access rights can easily be assigned at individual user or group levels.
  • Reliability and 99.99 percent uptime - The NetCache Data ONTAP microkernel OS increases data availability to ensure web-based, mission-critical information is always accessible.

Websense is the dominant leader of the corporate EIM space, with more than 16,500 customers and 11.2 million pre-paid customer seats. The EIM market is expected to approach $750 million by 2005, according to IDC.

About Websense Inc.

Websense Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) is the worldwide leader of employee Internet management (EIM) solutions. Websense Enterprise software enables businesses to manage how their employees use the Internet. This supports an organization's efforts to improve employee productivity, conserve network bandwidth and mitigate legal liability. Founded in 1994, the company serves more than 16,500 customers worldwide, ranging from 100-person firms to global-sized corporations. These include 261 of the Fortune 500, 75 of the Nikkei 225 and 50 of the FTSE 100, encompassing more than 11.2 million customer seats, pre-paid on a subscription basis. Websense has strategic technology relationships with Check Point (NASDAQ: CHKP), Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Network Appliance (NASDAQ: NTAP), SonicWALL (NASDAQ: SNWL) and others. For more information, visit www.websense.com.

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Ted Ladd
Websense Inc.
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Alison Miley
Network Appliance
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