Websense launches Threatseeker Honeygrid


Websense launches Threatseeker Honeygrid

Ian Grant

The first fruits of Websense's purchase last year of Surfcontrol and PortAuthority were evident as the malware scanner launched its Threatseeker Honeygrid web and email scanning service.

The Honeygrid Network offers a tenfold increase over Websense's previous offering, Websense said. It now uses more than 50 million real-time data collecting systems worldwide to monitor and to classify Web, messaging and data content.

Dan Hubbard, Websense's vice-president for security and technology, told Computer Weekly the Honeygrid Network uses both honeypots and advanced grid computing systems to parse more than one billion pieces of content daily to find security threats.

The new system also includes new technology to test the trustworthiness of networks, domains, Web 2.0 sites and structured and unstructured data, he said.

The new system uses content classification and data identification with binary, lexical and statistical analysis along with heuristics, image recognition, machine learning, pattern detection, natural language processing and data 'fingerprinting', he said.

Websense's 'Honeyclients' mine and analyse more than 100 million web sites daily, and more than 50 million real-time data collecting systems parse a billion pieces of content daily, he said.

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