New technology interoperability responds to the increased risks to corporate IT systems associated with remote workers
- Pioneering products from NetClean to deliver business insight into employees accessing or sharing child sexual abuse material
- NetClean ProActive and VMware Carbon Black Cloud allow businesses to conduct enhanced investigations
- The large-scale shift to remote working has opened up new areas of risk
Gothenburg, Sweden 08.04.2021 – The Covid-19 pandemic has driven a sharp increase in IT security risk for businesses, as employees working from home use corporate IT equipment to access or share child sexual abuse material.123
With the remote working trend continuing beyond the pandemic, this underreported risk will persist.
Pioneering technology company NetClean announced interoperability with VMware Carbon Black to address this challenge, combining NetClean’s powerful detection product NetClean ProActive with VMware Carbon Black EDR. The new capability will allow businesses to better protect their IT environments by conducting more sophisticated investigations when child sexual abuse material is detected. The combination of data from the two products also supports better collaboration with law enforcement.
Software that detects when an employee is accessing child sexual abuse material on a corporate device is the most effective method of protecting a business from risks emanating from its IT security programme, supporting IT security leaders who are now having to deal with potential risks from thousands of micro sites, instead of a few large sites.
“Individuals that consume child sexual abuse material on company IT equipment not only commit a crime using company assets, they also have a broader risk profile that businesses need to consider”, said Anna Borgström, CEO at NetClean. “The interoperability with VMware Carbon Black EDR makes it possible for companies to use their existing processes to make additional risk assessments and produce a more comprehensive report, which is important for both internal processes and to provide law enforcement with the best possible information.”
“Today, security and IT teams need unparalleled visibility into their environments and endpoints,” said Dan Brodeur, Senior Director of Worldwide Partner Sales, Security Business Unit, VMware. “With the interoperability of VMware Carbon Black EDR and NetClean ProActive, customers will have continuous visibility along with the power to remediate and contain threats in real-time.”
The powerful capabilities of VMware Carbon Black EDR provide additional and vital case info, such as extended data and analysis of the user and endpoint that triggered an incident, supporting a more thorough internal investigation and reducing future risk. There’s also a societal benefit: by following the trail of a detected image in NetClean ProActive, more material can be found, offenders can be prosecuted, and children can be rescued.
1 NetClean’s research in 2018 found that 1 in 500 people has used a corporate device to access or share child sexual abuse material.
2 Following the pandemic, the UK’s National Crime Agency has revised its estimate of the number of people who pose a sexual threat to children, from 80,000 in 2018 to 300,000 in 2021. Details in this newly-released report
3 In NetClean’s 2020 global survey of nearly 500 law enforcement officers in 39 countries, 64% of respondents said that fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic had affected child online child sexual abuse crime.
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