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Forcepoint

Forcepoint

Forcepoint is transforming cybersecurity by focusing on understanding people's intent as they interact with critical data wherever it resides. Our uncompromising systems enable companies to empower employees with unobstructed access to confidential data while protecting intellectual property and simplifying compliance.

Forcepoint, previously known as Websense or Raytheon|Websense, is an Austin-based company owned by U.S. defense contractor Raytheon and private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. It develops and markets cybersecurity software to prevent employees from viewing inappropriate or malicious content, or leaking confidential data. It also sells firewall, cloud access, and cross-domain IT security products. Forcepoint was founded in 1994 as an IT reseller called NetPartners. It was renamed Websense in 1999 and went public the following year. Vista Equity Partners acquired Websense in 2013 for $906 million, taking it off the public market. Raytheon acquired an 80% interest in Websense in April 2015 for $1.9 billion. Afterwards, Websense acquired network security vendor Stonesoft from Intel and renamed the combined company "Forcepoint."

Timeline

April 16, 2019

Forcepoint announces the opening of the new Cyber Experience Center in Boston

It will serve as a cyber innovation and development center for the company.

April 2015

Raytheon acquired an 80% interest in Websense in April 2015 for $1.9 billion.

2013

Vista Equity Partners acquired Websense in 2013 for $906 million, taking it off the public market.

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Austin Johnston

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Lorraine Miller

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