nortel, websense join forces on wireless security

By | October 26, 2005

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 25 Nortel Toronto and Websense, Inc. have signed an agreement to develop a web content filtering solution to protect GSM/UMTS mobile handsets from receiving and accessing unwanted content.

“Wireless service providers and subscribers alike are finding their handsets increasingly receiving unwanted or even malicious content from spammers, hackers or overly aggressive marketers,” said Brian Burke, IDC. “Combined with a number of worldwide initiatives by wireless providers to block the delivery of pornographic content to handsets in use by underage individuals, this announcement is all the more timely and relevant.”

This innovative URL filtering and security solution will help protect mobile handsets and devices from content that could interfere with voice and data services and also block downloading of malicious code. It will allow GSM/UMTS wireless operators to set mobile handset and device internet access policies for subscribers across three URL filtering categories — security threats, adult materials, and undesirable content. Each category will contain content in a variety of sub-categories to allow for flexible and carefully defined policy settings.

To protect themselves from threats and unwanted content found on high security risk websites, subscribers will be able to request the operator to automatically block malicious content from reaching their wireless devices. Further, providers can now empower parents to prevent their children from viewing inappropriate or dangerous material.

“The task of protecting mobile subscribers and their devices from unwanted content has become a significant concern for wireless carriers and subscribers around the globe as new voice, video and data services are increasingly accessed on the go,” said Deborah Bourland, vice president, GSM/UMTS packet core product line management, Nortel. “We are combining Websense´s web security and filtering expertise with Nortel´s leadership in end-to-end packet networking technology to put more intelligence into the network and position wireless operators to deliver secure, reliable next generation services and applications to end users.”

“By providing protection from malicious and unwanted content on handsets, Websense´s best-of-breed solutions will enable Nortel´s wireless carrier customers to offer improved web security and content filtering to their subscribers,” said John Carrington, chairman and chief executive officer of Websense. “This collaboration will deliver a new level of protection for mobile devices from internet dangers. Together, Nortel and Websense will offer a globally deployable, safer mobile internet experience to mobile handsets and device users.”

Websense URL filtering technology will be combined with Nortel´s GSM/UMTS wireless packet core solution (GGSN platform) and is expected to be made available to operators by the end of 2005. Recently released Websense v6.1 web filtering and web security software now fully and seamlessly supports the wireless protocols and standards WML and WAP, along with HTML and HTTP. This support provides handset users who access the internet the same level of protection that traditional browser-based users experience from Websense software.

The Nortel GGSN wireless packet core solution integrates wireless and IP value-added services and enables personalized IP packet inspection and filtering for a given user´s data session. The GGSN also supports content-based-billing, VPN, and real-time prepaid data, and is ´IMS Ready´ for the support of advanced service capabilities being delivered as part of the 3GPP IP Multimedia Subsystem.

Nortel understands how to solve security issues throughout both service provider and enterprise networks. Nortel has been ranked number one for each of the past six years by Dell´Oro Group for its ´content aware´ application switches, which include application-layer security and security acceleration to quickly recognize unauthorized intruders to the network or viruses. The company´s Secure VPN routers were given the Leader´s Category by Forrester Research and won Network Computing magazine´s Security Pipeline VPN Bakeoff in March 2004, among many other awards and recognition.

Websense provides web filtering and web security solutions to over 24,000 organizations worldwide. The company was recently named the market share leader in the web filtering software segment of the secure content management (SCM) market for the third consecutive year by leading analyst firm IDC.

For a free 30-day evaluation of Websense(R) software or for more information on protecting your organization from a wide range of threats including phishing, spyware, virus outbreaks and internal hacking exploits, please visit In addition, Websense Security Labs(TM) offers free email security updates as new internet threats are discovered and is available at

About Websense, Inc.

Websense, Inc., the world´s leading provider of employee internet management solutions, enables organizations to optimize employee use of computing resources and mitigate new threats related to internet use including instant messaging, peer-to-peer, and spyware. By providing usage policy enforcement at the internet gateway, on the network and at the desktop, Websense products enhance productivity and security, optimize the use of IT resources and mitigate legal liability for our customers. For more information, visit

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the world´s most critical information. Serving both service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to help people solve the world´s greatest challenges. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at For the latest Nortel news, visit

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