Raytheon|Websense becomes Forcepoint

Global cybersecurity company Raytheon|Websense has donned a new identity under new name. It is now called Forcepoint. Built on the successful integration of Websense, Raytheon Cyber Products and the recently-acquired Stonesoft next-generation firewall (NGFW) business, Forcepoint claims to bring a fresh approach to address the constantly evolving cybersecurity challenges and regulatory requirements facing businesses and government agencies. However, the company told Dataquest that the new identity will not affect customers and partners. Instead, it will benefit them and help them tap more opportunities.

If the company is to be believed, Forcepoint was created to empower organizations to drive their business forward by safely embracing transformative technologies – cloud, mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), and others – through a unified, cloud-centric platform that safeguards users, networks and data while eliminating the inefficiencies involved in managing a collection of point security products. The Forcepoint platform will protect against threats from insiders and outsiders, rapidly detect breaches, minimize “dwell time” – the period between compromise and remediation – and stop theft.

Forcepoint CEO, John McCormack

Forcepoint CEO, John McCormack

“With Forcepoint, organizations can protect users, networks and data in the cloud, on the road, and in the office. We simplify compliance, enable better decision-making and streamline security so that our customers can concentrate on what’s important to them,” said Forcepoint CEO, John McCormack in a statement issued in a press release.

“A platform solution that both simplifies and strengthens security as part of a holistic strategy that includes people, process and technology is a far more compelling value proposition than a simple point solution,” said Dan Wilson, Executive Vice President of Partner Solutions for Optiv, a market-leading provider of end-to-end cyber security solutions.

“Forcepoint’s platform focuses on insider threat protection, cloud data protection and network security. We’re seeing clients ask for these capabilities and are excited to see how Forcepoint delivers.”

Stonesoft & Sidewinder Acquisitions
Forcepoint finalized the acquisition of the Stonesoft next-generation firewall and Sidewinder proxy firewall technologies and teams from Intel Security in January 2016. These technologies will expand the cloud and hybrid capabilities of the industry-leading Forcepoint TRITON security platform. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Product Announcements
As part of the company debut, Forcepoint is launching three new products to address insider threats, cloud-based protection of Microsoft Office 365 and best-in-class, massively distributed, next-generation network security.

* Insider Threat Detection

Forcepoint’s new SureView® Insider Threat 8.0 gives customers an early warning system, automatically identifying the riskiest users within an organization, based on their behaviors as well as on information received from TRITON AP-DATA, Forcepoint’s data loss prevention (DLP) solution. SureView Insider Threat gathers and provides rich context around user behaviors, including record and playback of user activities before, during and after risky behaviors.

* Cloud-based Protection of Office 365

With the move of enterprise applications to the cloud, data must be protected everywhere. The Forcepoint TRITON platform is now natively hosted in Microsoft Azure, enforcing DLP for Microsoft Exchange Online in Office 365, directly from Microsoft’s own cloud. Forcepoint’s TRITON security solutions enforce consistent policy across the cloud, on premises and at endpoints, providing a unified, hybrid defense for distributed, highly-mobile organizations.

* Network Security

Delivering the most resilient and distributed next-generation firewall, Forcepoint’s Stonesoft NGFW makes strong network security easy for highly distributed organizations. Now with Common Criteria certification, Stonesoft provides consistent visibility, responsiveness and policy enforcement across hundreds or thousands of locations with a single management console.

“Forcepoint is a new company with a comprehensive approach to addressing the evolving security needs of organizations across the globe,” said Christian Christiansen, Program Vice President, Security Products at IDC, a leading provider of global IT research and advice.

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