WebSense Acquires Data Leakage Vendor PortAuthority
Websense today announced its acquisition the data leakage vendor for approximately
PortAuthority developed digital rights management software
and later built on top a document
fingerprinting technology that is central to its data leakage solution today.
Websense has had an OEM relationship with PortAuthority and decided
to buy the company because of the strong patents and talented people, especially the development team
in Israel. Websense knew that other suitors were
sniffing around PortAuthority for its patents, so Websense now feels protected
by owning that technology.
I’m sure that means we can expect Vontu, Oakley or Vericept
to be acquired soon. But why didn’t Websense buy one of those? Probably because of the existing reseller
agreement with PortAuthority, and the lack of momentum the others had in the
sales channels capable of penetrating Fortune 1000 companies.
With this acquisition, Websense takes a step toward fleshing
out its security portfolio leaving just a couple security holes to fill. For
example, even with PortAuthority, Websense is powerless to protect the thousands
of documents and data that should not leak beyond trusted out-of-network
partners. Every company sends confidential
documents outside the network all the time. Auditing that fact is interesting, but not nearly as important as
ensuring that the out-of-network recipient does not lose control of it. Companies need to make sure that confidential
data, once it resides on the endpoint or network of a trusted business partner,
does not get misused, or “leaked.”