Websense has announced the acquisition of Defensio.


Defensio is a technology platform that is focused on solving the problem of spam. Its acquisition will extend the content identification and classification capabilities of the Websense ThreatSeeker Network by providing visibility into spam posted as comments to social websites, including blogs, user forums and social networking sites.


According to research by Websense Security Labs, more than 95 per cent of all web posts on blogs, forums and other sites are unwanted content such as spam and malicious content. Additionally, more than 70 per cent of all web spam and unwanted content is hosted on legitimate sites that allow user-generated content.


Websense chief technology officer Dan Hubbard, said: “This technology acquisition extends our classification and identification abilities to these sources and helps Websense stay ahead of evolving threats.


“Defensio complements the capabilities of the Websense ThreatSeeker Network with adaptive algorithms. Websense also adds key security data enhancing Defensio.”