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January 2005

Content Filtering: Websense Enterprise 5.5

Websense Enterprise 5.5 Websense Price: Starts at $15/user @exb Websense Enterprise 5.5 @exe Employees often take advantage of their company's network to trade music and movie files, or chat on instant messager. Websense Enterprise 5.5 gives organizations a weapon against this abuse and lost productivity by adding peer-to-peer blocking to its URL filtering tool. Websense's Web filtering is completely database-driven. Sites are added to the URL database using a process that includes some automatic classification algorithms. Daily database updates are included in the license fee, and real-time updates are also available as add-on modules. The database classifies some 6 million sites into 80 categories under themes you'd expect--entertainment, drugs and gambling. One of the package's strong points is the level of granularity within these categories. Setting up subcategories allows enterpries to filter URLs that violate policy, while allowing those with legitimate business/research value for their environment. The IM and P2P traffic...

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