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Effective prevention of illegal imagery in the workplace

Image Analyser : 20 September, 2007  (New Product)
Image Analyzer offers an alternative way of preventing illegal images from being stored on company networks without alienating employees with restrictive web access
Whilst there is little doubt pornography and illegal images are a growing problem within corporate and public sectors there still appears to be confusion as to how best to manage the issue. Whilst employers will claim they strongly discourage access to inappropriate images at work, in reality most will find some on their networks, which only increases the need for compliance solutions.

By installing Web access controls that are too restrictive or total blocks, employers risk alienating employees and as long as targets are met management should not view responsible use of the internet as a negative. There are problems in particular with the new generations entering today's workforce; these people have grown up with access to digital communication and information mediums as a given. Being cut off from that really can make for an unhappy workforce.

That said, a vast number of workers continue to ignore corporate policies and distribute inappropriate material. Almost all corporations will have a significant amount of pornography on their networks. Enterprises face potential sexual harassment suits, and even criminal prosecution, if they can not prove they have not taken all reasonably practical measures to avoid employees from accessing or spreading sexual content deemed offensive via the corporate infrastructure. More concerning and often not understood is that as a company director, Under section 3 sub section 1 of the Protection of Children Act, if you are neglectful in stopping your employees from using your IT systems to download, upload, store or distribute digital child pornography, you could be liable for criminal prosecution resulting in substantial fines or even a prison sentence.

Arguably, the most effective defence to managing illicit imagery is by the installation of real-time monitoring. Yes, it is proven that image analysis filters are not 100% accurate, that I accept - little is. Managers need to take several steps towards an effective solution. The first step is to define clear policies on acceptable usage of all company provided electronic devices and the handling of potentially illegal images. Employees then need to be educated and made aware of these policies and provided with an explanation as to why compliance is necessary and the consequences of not adhering. From there, companies should install monitoring and filter appliances to identify individuals accessing pornographic content. To eliminate the epidemic of illicit materials management need to inflict appropriate disciplinary actions, however the embarrassment of being caught by filtering solutions is, thankfully, usually enough.
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