Websense is announcing that it's making its data loss prevention (DLP) suite free for 30 days under a "DLP for Download" programme. The roughly 600MB download available at the Websense.com site is the full enterprise Websense Data Security Suite.

The download can be installed in a VMware-based environment and is intended to provide a quick way to evaluate the effectiveness of the software for stopping unauthorised transmission of data. The unusual move to offer the suite for free comes at a time when some in the industry say that DLP tools are becoming expensive shelfware. 

Evaluating DLP can take weeks, but in its DLP for Download programme, Websense is seeking to speed up evaluation through tools such as automated installation tools and video tutorial. Websense thinks installation could be as low as 30 minutes. Setup requires defining policies, and the Websense DLP includes about 1,100 policies and built-in templates.

A license key gives you 30 days to evaluate the software, and "then it ceases to analyse content for data leaks," says Dave Meizlik, director of product marketing. If those evaluating it want to acquire it for their organisations, they can contact Websense, which will provide an activation key. Pricing typically runs at about $17.50 per employee, Meizlik says.

The DLP also works with the Websense Security Gateway Solution through support of the Triton architecture introduced earlier this year. Websense is considered a market leader in DLP, along with companies such as Symantec and McAfee.