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Websense Triton: Secure Web gateway overview

Available as an appliance, a VM and a cloud service, the Websense Triton Web gateway offers a number of features, including integration with other Websense security products.

Editor's Note: This Websense Triton Web gateway overview is part of a series on buying network security products for the enterprise. The series explores the evolution of network security and lays out some major use cases. It also looks at the buying criteria for network security products and compares the leading network security vendors in the market.

The Websense Triton next-generation secure Web gateway (SWG) incorporates multiple security tools using a common hardware system. From a Web security standpoint, the Websense AP-Web software is responsible for protecting enterprise networks from Web-based threats. This includes features such as real-time analysis of Web traffic, zero-day exploit protection using a global advanced persistent threat (APT) network, data loss prevention and the ability to secure remote devices from accessing internal resources. Websense AP-Web is tightly integrated with other Triton tools aimed at email security, AP-Email, data security, AP-Data, endpoint security, AP-Endpoint, and malware sandbox module.

SWG platform options
Websense Triton with AP-Web can be deployed as a hardware appliance, as a software virtual machine (VM) or as a cloud service. Enterprises may also deploy multiple platforms in a hybrid security architecture for maximum flexibility. All platforms can be managed with a single policy and reporting system.

Appliance options
Triton with AP-Web can be deployed in three appliances. The V-Series supports AP-Web, AP-Email and AP-Data -- three of the most popular applications -- in a single appliance. The X-Series supports AP-Web and AP-Email, while the I-Series complements the Websense Triton AP-Web cloud deployment option through faster processing and greater control.

VM options 
Websense Triton VMs can be used to leverage host virtual machine hardware you may already have in-house. Virtual machine software supports AP-Web, but not AP-Email or AP-Data.

Cloud options 
The Triton cloud service provides faster deployment, easier management and greater scalability compared to appliance and VM options. The service -- which supports AP-Web and AP-Email but not AP-Data -- comes with a 99.999% uptime SLA.

Pricing and support 
Triton application pricing is based on a per-user model and can range widely -- depending on how the applications are deployed and whether a physical or virtual appliance is used. Resellers -- which can also assist with implementations -- dictate the final price. Websense offers five different levels of support, with premium levels providing faster response and dedicated staff. It also maintains a blog in which critical security concerns are discussed.

Next Steps

Learn how secure web gateways differ from email gateways.

Read our article on the basics of email security gateways.

Discover how security gateways can help your enterprise.

Learn how to deploy secure web gateways.

This was last published in November 2015

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