News this week that a convicted paedophile used a public library computer to download illegal images onto a USB, and a separate story about a head teacher caught with similar images on his school-issued laptop, has highlighted the limited technology available to prevent illegal behaviour inside public and private sector networks.
V3.co.uk sat down with Anna Goss, UK country manager at Swedish firm NetClean, which has been on an eight-year mission to make life a lot easier for IT managers, ISPs and the police by giving them the tools to proactively identify and alert when network users view illegal images.
NetClean's ProActive product sits on the user's endpoint like an anti-virus client, and is based on a blacklist system designed to check against a list of illegal content classified and continuously updated by the police.
As such, it manages to bypass the problem of false positives which some products that scan for a percentage of flesh tone sometimes return, she said.
It then blocks the images or videos and alerts two designated admins via text or email - usually an IT manager and an HR manager.
"We want to get the solution on as many laptops and desktops as possible because if we don't these people will go on to abuse a child," Goss said. "It should be the CEOs down in organisations saying: 'We won't put up with this.'"
Goss bemoaned the head-in-the-sand approach she sees so often from many organisations not willing to consider that some of their staff may be engaged in such behaviour, and appealed to firms' corporate social responsibility to put the product in place.
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