StreamShield Networks, a provider of real-time Internet content security solutions, has announced a new partnership by becoming a funding member of the Internet Watch Foundation. The partnership is intended to enable ISPs to simply and cost-effectively prevent their subscribers from accessing illegal child abuse Web sites over their network, thus helping to prevent access to abusive images of children that contravene the Protection of Children Act 1978.
As a member and through an agreement with the IWF, StreamShield's Content Security Gateway (CSG), a carrier-class product designed for deployment within the ISP's network, now incorporates the IWF's Child Abuse URL List - a constantly updated database of Web sites around the world which have been assessed and confirmed as containing potentially illegal abusive images of children which would be an offence to view in the UK.
The StreamShield CSG incorporates high-speed scanning technology that is designed to monitor up to 250,000 Web page requests every second, check target site against the IWF list, and decide whether to allow or block access depending on the result. StreamShield's products and services are designed to identify and block threats - such as viruses, worms, other forms of malware, spam, pornography, and inappropriate content - in the Internet before the content reaches any users and harms their computer systems. StreamShield Networks is an independent subsidiary within the Detica Group of companies.