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Websense Upgrades Web Management Tool

Aimed at helping businesses maximize the Internet, Websense Inc. Wednesday launched Websense Enterprise 4.0, the latest version of its Net management utility.

The new product -- now available for download here -- is a server-based software application that gives corporations the ability to completely and easily manage their employees' use of the Internet in the workplace.

Currently available on Microsoft (MSFT) Proxy Server (MSP), Websense Enterprise 4.0 offers a host of new and improved features, including:

  • advanced users and groups -- businesses can set Internet use policies according to NT domain names, workstations and/or network subnets. In addition, policies can be set according to IP address or a range of IP addresses. This means IT managers can set different policies for different job functions (i.e., management vs. shipping department)

  • expanded database -- the Websense URL database has been expanded from 30 to 53 categories, ranging from "stock trading" to "MP3s" to "special events." In addition, changing categories or setting new policies can now be performed dynamically

  • improved scalability and performance -- 4.0 can run in a variety of configurations, as well as on the same machine as MSP. With the ability to handle 500 requests per second, IT managers can even "point" up to 10 proxy servers to one Websense Enterprise 4.0 box, without any performance degradation

  • keyword screening -- an optional function that allows businesses to restrict the ability of users to conduct searches on search engines by certain keywords

  • flexible filtering options -- unlike most Internet management software -- which can only block and unblock content -- Websense Enterprise 4.0 also allows companies to postpone Web surfing by time of day and/or defer non-work related surfing to AfterWork.com

  • AfterWork.com -- for use by Websense Enterprise 4.0 customers, AfterWork.com is an employer-sponsored, after-hours gateway where employees can surf freely, post their favorite links and -- soon -- find coupons, benefits and other incentives

"After five years and millions of users, our company is sharing its knowledge about managing a company's most important asset -- its employees," said John B. Carrington, Websense chairman and chief executive officer. "Websense 4.0 allows businesses to determine exactly how the Internet is to be used at work, according to their particular corporate culture."

Websense Enterprise, the company's server-based software application, filters time-wasting Web sites, while maximizing access to work-related information on the Web. .