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Cyberoam Supports Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) in its fight against online Child Sexual Abuse
 
The IWF releases its Annual and Charity Report 2012; Reveals child sexual abuse content as top online concern
 
March 26, 2013
 
Cyberoam, the leading global network security appliances company, has been protecting organizations and home networks worldwide from potentially criminal or dangerous websites. As a member of the IWF, Cyberoam has been supporting the agency in eradicating the instances of child sexual abuse, online. Cyberoam products – including its range of Unified Threat Management appliances as well as Cyberoam NetGenie, a wireless router with family protection for HOME networks, include the IWF’s list of child sexual abuse URLs in their Content filtering engine database to protect children from sexually abusive content. A recently published report by the IWF reveals child sexual abuse content as top online concern and potentially 1.5m adults have stumbled upon it.
 
The report, based on the ComRes poll, conducted among a representative sample of 2058 British adults for the IWF, shows the vast majority of people in Britain think that child sexual abuse content (“child pornography”)(91%) and computer generated images or cartoons of child sexual abuse (85%) should be removed from the internet. 4% of men – the equivalent of one million men, and 2% of women, the equivalent of 500,000, report actually having come into contact with it, or have stumbled across it.
 
The results come as the IWF reports record times for the removal of online child sexual abuse content from UK public networks. Throughout the whole of 2012, the Internet Watch Foundation logged just 73 UK webpages hosting child sexual abuse images or videos. This compares to 9,477 hosted in other countries around the world. Of the 73 UK webpages, 41(56%) were removed within 60 minutes of the IWF notifying the host company or Internet Service Provider (ISP) while 57 (78%) were removed in two hours or less. Read the IWF report in detail here.
 
Explains IWF CEO, Susie Hargreaves, “ Although we’ve seen record removal times in the UK, during 2012 we saw a higher proportion of images of children under 10 years old being sexually abused. We have a responsibility to do all we can to help protect children - and adults who were abused as children - from having their abuse viewed time and time again. We need to prevent people from stumbling upon this content and assist other countries in creating a hostile environment for hosting it. The problem is very much still out there, so our message is if you think you’ve stumbled upon child sexual abuse images or videos on the internet, report it to iwf.org.uk.”
 
Says Abhilash Sonwane, Sr. Vice President, Cyberoam Technologies, “ As a global security company, we take it as our serious responsibility to keep children secure from unsafe online content, globally. In fact, we have moved quite ahead in our movement against child sexual abuse through unsafe online content with NetGenie for Home that offers advanced age-wise Parental Controls. The IWF’s efforts in this direction are really commendable and we are proud to be working with them as an IWF member to build momentum against these issues in order to make the online world a safer place for our children.”
 
About Cyberoam Technologies Private Limited
Cyberoam Technologies Private Limited is a global Network Security appliances company, offering security solutions for the networks of the future, with its innovative technologies. Cyberoam’s Identity-based Unified Threat Management appliances integrate multiple security features over a single platform to protect large, medium and small organizations from latest network security threats. Cyberoam extends its security across various industry verticals, like education, healthcare, government, defense, retail, BFSI, and more and also supports organizations to stay regulatory compliant. Cyberoam’s offering for the home segment, Cyberoam NetGenie, ensures a safe and enjoyable Internet experience for home Internet users, especially the children, with its unique security features. For more information, please visit www.cyberoam.com and www.netgenie.net.
 
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About the Internet Watch Foundation
The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way. The Hotline service can be used anonymously to report content within its remit:
  • child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world; 
  • criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK;
  • non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.
 
For more information on the IWF, visit www.iwf.org.uk.
 
Press Contact: Emma Lowther, Director of Communications on +44 (0) 1223 203030 or +44 (0)7929 553679 or media@iwf.org.uk.
 
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