READING, England, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Northgate Managed Services (Northgate) has selected Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in unified web security, email security, mobile security and data loss prevention (DLP), to safely enable social media use, combat cyber bullying, and prevent malware across 1,200 Northern Ireland schools and support 350,000 students and teachers.
The complete 'Education Network Northern Ireland' (ENNI) contract worth £170m has been awarded by C2k to Northgate who will design, implement, manage and support Europe's first Education Cloud environment for schools in Northern Ireland, in partnership with selected suppliers. The new service has been designed to create a dynamic, future-proofed, flexible service which provides schools with increased access to learning resources. A security solution was required to allow students to utilize the internet for a greater learning experience by providing access to dynamic web pages such as: YouTube, Facebook, blogs, Twitter and other collaborative social networking sites.
Websense® Web Security Gateway Anywhere (WSGA) was selected for its granular management of content within dynamic web pages. By analyzing the individual links and comments on each page, Websense categorizes the content and gives administrators the ability to determine what is appropriate for students, block malware and stop confidential data from being lost or stolen. Students can use the web for e-learning while being protected in real time against the latest cyber threats. Granular policy settings also allow administrations to restrict internet posts that use language associated with cyber bullying.
Northgate Managed Services also selected Websense Cloud Email Security to provide real-time protection against spam, inappropriate content and email-based malware.Websense Web Security Gateway Anywhere and Websense Cloud Email Security are parts of the Websense TRITON™ architecture. The Websense TRITON solution unifies all the key components of threat defense and data theft prevention into a cohesive content security system. It brings together web security, email security, mobile security, and DLP defenses with unified security intelligence and a unified management console. TRITON solutions can be deployed on enterprise-grade appliances, as cloud-based services, and as powerful and efficient hybrids of on-premise and cloud elements working together. "Websense is the perfect fit for the ENNI project because it provides a rich user experience for students, while maintaining the highest levels of network security to protect against internet-based malware attacks," said Andy Ross, chief executive at Northgate Managed Services. "Classrooms rely on the social web as a teaching tool and students use it to connect with classmates. Websense is providing a scalable way for schools to enjoy all the benefits of the social web without the cyber bullying, malware and data loss that is ever-present. Websense also made it cost effective because we consolidated previous technologies." For more information about the Websense TRITON architecture, please visit: www.websense.com/triton. Notes to editors:The C2k project provides the infrastructure and services to support the enhanced use of ICT in schools in Northern Ireland. C2k is managed by the Western Education and Library Board on behalf of the other education and library boards and the Department of Education. C2k is part financed by the EU Building Sustainable Prosperity structural fund. Belfast-based Northgate Managed Services is delivering the next generation of education technology services to all grant-aided schools across Northern Ireland. The new service commenced on 1 April 2012 and will see Northgate deliver to schools across Northern Ireland Europe's first Education Cloud environment, providing secure access to resources online, 24 x 7 from a wide range of devices. As part of this service Eircom will deliver superfast connectivity to the Education Cloud, providing schools with up to 200Mb of bandwidth. The application and use of this solution continues to be promoted and supported by staff within C2k. About Websense, Inc. Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in unified web security, email security, mobile security, and data loss prevention (DLP), delivers the best content security for modern threats at the lowest total cost of ownership to tens of thousands of enterprise, mid-market and small organizations around the world. Distributed through a global network of channel partners and delivered as appliance-based software or SaaS-based cloud services, Websense TRITON content security solutions help organizations leverage social media and cloud-based communication, while protecting from advanced persistent threats and modern malware, preventing the loss of confidential information, and enforcing internet use and security policies. Websense is headquartered in San Diego, California with offices around the world. For more information, visit www.websense.com. Follow Websense on Twitter: www.twitter.com/websense Join the discussion on Facebook: www.facebook.com/websense About Northgate Managed Services Northgate Managed Services, is a leading IT services company which provides cloud based and infrastructure services to Public, Private and Third Sector organisations and specialist managed services in the education, government, utilities and charities sectors. The company supports over 2000 customers and 470,000 end users, responding to over 300,000 service desk requests each year. Northgate's services are delivered through its' 1,200-strong workforce who are based at the company's centre of excellence in Newtownabbey and throughout its other offices and onsite locations across the UK.
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