Websense complete SurfControl acquisition

Takeover of UK-based SurfControl for £204 million formally completes after gaining regulatory approval in the UK and US.

Websense today completed its takeover of SurfControl, at a final purchase price of 204 million.

This is a slight increase from the 201 million figure suggested when the deal was first announced in April.

As a result, Websense has doubled its customer base - to more than 50,000 organisations worldwide - and now protects content for more than 42 million employees globally.

"After five months of integration planning, we're ready to demonstrate our support for SurfControl customers and take the next steps to deliver on our vision and strategy," said Gene Hodges, Websense's chief executive.

Websense is trying to reassure SurfControl users that they are safe in its hands. Apart from integrating the two companies' technologies, the company has pledged to continue to support the main Surfcontrol product, SurfControl Web Filter and Mobile Filter, until the end of 2011.

It has also committed to extend that product by supplementing the SurfControl database with Websense's own database of over 30 million web sites, including more than 200,000 high-risk sites, by the first calendar quarter of next year.

Websense has also offered "price protection" for customers' first renewal of current SurfControl Web Filter and Mobile Filter subscriptions, as well as creating forums for customer communication on any changes, including a new integration Web portal for SurfControl customers.

The acquisition represents a major milestone in Websense's growth strategy, said the firm, which centres on an expansion of its security product portfolio and customer base "through both internal development and acquisition".

Analysts seem reassured the move makes sense. "Over the last year, Websense dramatically expanded its product portfolio," said Brian Burke, programme director of security products and services at IDC. "Adding technologies and delivery platforms in high-growth content security markets provides its customers and channels with a broader range of security options."

"It also helps Websense further carve out its unique niche in the broader IT security market."

Featured Resources

How inkjet can transform your business

Get more out of your business by investing in the right printing technology

Download now

Journey to a modern workplace with Office 365: which tools and when?

A guide to how Office 365 builds a modern workplace

Download now

Modernise and transform your sales organisation

Learn how a modernised sales process can drive your business

Download now

Your guide to managing cloud transformation risk

Realise the benefits. Mitigate the risks

Download now


internet security

Avast and AVG extensions pulled from Chrome

19 Dec 2019

Google confirms Android cameras can be hijacked to spy on you

20 Nov 2019

Most Popular

cloud computing

Google Cloud snaps up multi-cloud analytics platform for $2.6bn

13 Feb 2020

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

5 Feb 2020
operating systems

How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

12 Feb 2020
Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is a testament to Satya Nadella’s strategic nouse

14 Feb 2020