Websense Protector is an essential component of Websense Data Security, providing monitoring and blocking capabilities, preventing data loss and leaks of sensitive information.
The Protector works in tandem with the Data Security server. The Data Security server provides advanced analysis capabilities, while the protector sits on the network, intercepts traffic and can either monitor or block the traffic, as needed. The Protector supports analysis of SMTP, HTTP, FTP, plain text, IM traffic (e.g., Yahoo, MSN, chat, and file transfer). The Protector is also an integration point for third-party solutions that support ICAP.
Most data-loss detection devices can be connected off the network, enabling them to sniff network traffic and monitor breaches. This monitoring method is useful because it does not interfere with traffic; however, it also does not enable the loss-prevention system to prevent (block) data losses - only to note and report them. In addition to monitoring mode, user can connect the Forcepoint Protector to the network directly in the path of the traffic, enabling traffic to be blocked, quarantined and even terminated before it reaches its destination.