Websense on Wednesday said it has agreed to acquire privately held PortAuthority Technologies for $90 million in cash. The deal, expected to close in January, brings to Websense technology designed to protect businesses against , either accidental or by dishonest insiders. Websense currently specializes in protection against external, Web-based threats such as phishing Web sites and sites that install malicious software.
Websense and Palo Alto, Calif.-based PortAuthority started working together in September to develop a joint product. "The synergies were so strong that it made sense to acquire PortAuthority," said Cas Purdy, a spokesman for. Product plans are slated to be announced in early 2007, he said.