Websense Triton Security Gateway Anywhere review

Websense's TSGA claims to be the first unified solution for web, mail and data security that doesn’t rely on any third party components. It goes even further by amalgamating on-premises and cloud scanning in the same product, but is it too good to be true? Dave Mitchell finds out in our review.

The data security module is designed to stop data leakage and works with both the web and mail components. It's fully compliant with data protection regulations and Websense includes over 4,000 predefined policies for standards including PCI-DSS, HIPAA and SoX. These are simple to apply as you merely choose the country of operations and it'll pick the most appropriate ones for your DLP policy.

DLP policies can include regulatory compliance checks where selecting the region activates the most appropriate standards.

DLP policies can include regulatory compliance checks where selecting the region activates the most appropriate standards.

Mail DLP policies can enforce message size limits, search for patterns or phrases in the message body and attachments and apply predefined dictionaries of terms unacceptable for business use. Confidential files can be protected by creating fingerprints and even if only a partial match is found TSGA can stop them from being sent.

We tested this by sending messages between our mail servers and were able to use policies to block Word attachments containing banned words and phrases. Even email image analysis is provided and we tested this by sending a selection of photos as attachments where all the dubious ones were successfully blocked.

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We also tested general throughput using a Spirent Avalanche 290 appliance. With all scanning services enabled we saw Spirent report a sustained throughout of 2,000 HTTP transactions per second showing the appliance is quite capable of handling the demands of the intended user base.

The TSGA impressed us immensely during testing and is an ideal choice for companies that want to consolidate all their network security into a single platform. It has a superb range of security measures, TruHybrid makes it highly versatile and everything can be managed from a single, centralised web console.

So what's our verdict?


Mid-sized business and enterprises looking for a single appliance to take care of all their network security needs will find Websense’s TSGA ideal as it combines a remarkable range of web, mail and data security features with excellent performance. Websense’s TruHybrid is compelling with both the on-premises and SaaS cloud services seamlessly integrated into the well designed central management console.

Chassis: 1U Dell PowerEdge R610 rack server CPU: Dual quad-core Xeons Memory: 24GB DDR3 Storage: 2 x mirrored 10K 300GB SAS SFF (data/logging), 2 x mirrored 146GB SAS SFF (cache) RAID: Dell PERC 6/i Network: 6 x Gigabit Ethernet Power: 2 x 270W redundant hot-plug power supplies Management: Web browser

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