September 24, 2008

Websense Makes Web and Email Security a Smooth Ride for Metro St. Louis

(NASDAQ: WBSN) For Metro St. Louis, the Illinois-Missouri bi-state region's public transportation system operator, keeping the transit system moving is a top priority which requires information technology (IT) and communications systems to run smoothly and efficiently. But recently, Metro's IT department employees saw their on-premise email security systems pummeled with spam that used up valuable bandwidth. Additionally, while they wanted their network protected from the latest Web-based threats, their Web security solution wasn't cost effective. That's when Metro turned to Websense for email and Web security protection.

"We're well aware of the threats to our network that come from the Web, Web 2.0 applications and through email," said John Co, manager of network services for Metro. "That's why having the best technology in place that will protect our systems, employees and information is critical. In addition to having the best technology, we also want the best value for our money. We were using a McAfee security appliance along with SurfControl(R) Web filtering for our Web security needs, but having two different technology vendors didn't make sense. With Websense Web Security Suite(TM), we now have the best of both Web security and Web filtering in one solution which saves valuable time and budget."

Metro has a sixty-year history of owning and operating the St. Louis Metropolitan region's public transportation system. Employing more than two thousand people to manage light rail, bus and van systems, along with operations of the St. Louis Downtown Airport and the well-visited Gateway Arch Riverfront, Metro handles more than 180,000 passengers daily. With an infrastructure that crosses not only city boundaries, but also state lines, keeping communications flowing is paramount.

"Prior to deploying Websense Hosted Email Security, our on-premise email systems were overrun with spam, which comprises more than 90 percent of all our incoming mail," continued Co. "This caused a bandwidth problem and forced us to do quite a bit of maintenance to keep up with it. When we heard about the Websense Hosted Email solution that cleans the email of spam before it ever gets to us, we were sold. Since standardizing on Websense this summer, we've seen a huge improvement in bandwidth availability as well as a reprieve from the daily maintenance we had with the on-premise solution."

"With spam volumes at an all time high, we are increasingly encouraging customers like St. Louis' Metro to take advantage of the benefits of the Websense Hosted Email Security solution that keeps systems free of spam and threats without the need for appliance maintenance," said Websense Partner Jan Claffey of ANI Direct. ANI Direct provides security solutions consultation to Metro St. Louis.

"The Web and email are the two biggest vectors of spam, viruses, and data-stealing security threats," said Leo Cole, vice president of marketing at Websense. "Websense Hosted Email Security and Websense Web Security solutions keep out threats, while protecting customers and their essential information. With less time spent on maintenance, St. Louis' Metro can concentrate on their core business of getting St. Louis residents and visitors smoothly and safely to their destination."

Websense Hosted Email Security eradicates spam while protecting customers against viruses, phishing and other malware. The solution also keeps organizations' essential information from leaving the organization by encrypting and protecting outbound sensitive email without the need to deploy anything at the gateway. With a combination of industry-leading URL filtering and Web security threat detection and protection, Websense Web Security Suite protects organizations from the latest malware and Web security threats.

All Websense solutions, including Websense Hosted Email Security and Websense Web Security Suite, are powered by the Websense ThreatSeeker(TM) Network which continuously monitors the Internet for changes and emerging threats. The resulting intelligence is immediately incorporated into the company's Web security, email security and data loss prevention solutions. As a result, Websense solutions adapt to the rapidly changing Internet threat environment at speeds not possible by traditional security solutions.

About Websense, Inc.

Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in integrated Web, messaging and data protection technologies, provides Essential Information Protection(TM) for more than 42 million employees at more than 50,000 organizations worldwide. Distributed through its global network of channel partners, Websense software and hosted security solutions help organizations block malicious code, prevent the loss of confidential information and enforce Internet use and security policies. For more information, visit

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