Websense Acquires Defensio

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 28, 2009

Websense has announced the acquisition of Defensio, a technology platform for addressing the problem of spam on the social Web.  Websense hopes to improve the content identification and classification capabilities of the Websense ThreatSeeker Network by providing visibility into spam posted as comments to social Web sites, including blogs, user forums, and social networking sites.  

"We have already integrated Defensio intelligence into the ThreatSeeker Network. For example, Websense recently used Defensio-derived intelligence to detect that the popular presidential social networking Web site — my.barackobama.com — hosted links to malicious content within its user-generated blogs," said Dan Hubbard, CTO of Websense.

Websense will also enhance Defensio Web services so third-party Web 2.0 developers can embed Websense content classification intelligence into their applications.

Carl Mercier, founder of Defensio and has joined Websense as director of software development. "We see strong potential to partner with social networking platforms, enterprises and hosting providers to enable advanced Web 2.0 security with the Defensio solution," he said.

Websense said it will remain committed to the Defensio developer community and plans to support and enhance the platform for personal users, as well as for commercial use.  The company also plans to continue to offer the comment spam filter at no charge for personal use, while offering a new six month commercial trial at no cost.

Criminals are adding Web 2.0 sites to their arsenal to spread spam and malicious code, boost search engine rankings, and drive phishing and fraud scams. According to Websense Security Labs research, more than 95% of all Web posts on blogs, forums, and other sites are unwanted content such as spam and malicious content. Additionally, more than 70% of all Web spam and unwanted content is hosted on legitimate sites that allow user-generated content.


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