Websense acquires competitor SurfControl for US$400 million

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Websense acquires competitor SurfControl for US$400 million

Web security provider Websense has taken a big chunk out of its competition, announcing today plans to acquire UK-based SurfControl for about US$400 million.

San Diego-based Websense, a public company traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange, snatched its closest competitor to help it "compete more effectively with large global security software companies," CEO Gene Hodges said in a statement today.

The purchase will help Websense — makers of web filtering, leak prevention and internet security solutions — jumpstart its latest business objective: to better penetrate the small- and medium-sized business marketplace, the company said.

According to a letter sent by Hodges to customers, the deal also will allow Websense to deliver new software-as-a-service (SaaS) email security through BlackSpider Technologies, a UK-based on-demand provider that was acquired last year by SurfControl.

"This is an offer that is fully supported by SurfControl’s management team," Hodges said on a conference call today.

Websense today also named Doug Wride president. He will continue his role as chief financial officer but will now also be responsible for overseeing the acquisition.
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