NetClean releases new protection for mobile devices

NetClean ProTective is the newest member in the NetClean product suite. It is used to protect business mobile devices against child sexual abuse material. A uniquely sourced URL list from a number of trusted partners of NGOs and law enforcement (such as the IWF, Project Arachnid, and INTERPOL), is used to block web pages (URLs) in web traffic.

“This is the first mobile protection of its kind, and a much-awaited product that we know many of our customers will be very happy to see”, said Anna Borgström, CEO of NetClean. “This is an opportunity for ethical and forward-thinking businesses to make sure that they have done all that they can to prevent mobile devices in their IT environment from being used to download or consume child sexual abuse material.”

Increasingly Important

Protecting mobile devices is becoming increasingly important as child sexual abuse material is now more frequently found on them. In the NetClean Report 2019, nine in ten police officers reported that their investigations include child sexual abuse material found on mobile devices, and three in ten said that they have seen an increase in this already big trend over the past three years.

“In the NetClean Reports, which survey law enforcement professionals from across the world, mobile phones have repeatedly been mentioned as an increasing trend”, said Borgström. “They are used to access, download and share child sexual abuse material, as well as to document the sexual abuse of children. Therefore, we are extremely proud to announce this technical solution developed to protect mobile devices.”

Ethical Citizenship

As ethical corporate citizens, businesses and organisations can stop child sexual abuse material in their IT environments and directly limit the revictimisation that children suffer every time an image is shared.

“It is tangible action that businesses can take to comply with policies and to act on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, especially 16.2 which is to ’end abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence against and torture of children”, said Borgström.

Easy to Deploy

NetClean ProTective includes a customized tool that handles integration with existing MDM systems (Mobile Device Management Systems), which makes it easy to deploy. The tool (ProTective Configuration Manager) also handles updates of lists.

“As URLs containing child sexual abuse material constantly change – they move around, disappear, and new ones appear – it is important to continually update the URL lists. This is also why we combine a number of lists”, said Borgström.

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