by Bharat Mistry
At Trend Micro our work to combat online threats and make the digital world a safer place stretches far beyond the obvious: malware and cyber-attacks on customers. In fact, since 2008 our Internet Safety for Kids and Families (ISKF) programme has been a leading light in the industry, spearheading Trend Micro’s efforts to be a more responsible corporate citizen. One of its core goals is to help combat the spread of child sex abuse material (CSAM) online.
We’re delighted to be driving these ambitious aims forward,
most recently with newly minted recognition as a “Friendly WiFi Approved
Provider” in the UK.
Family friendly Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi is rightly regarded with some suspicion by
cybersecurity experts, who point out that it could enable attackers to
eavesdrop on private conversations and even steal important log-ins. However,
there’s another risk: that the internet service behind it could allow
individuals, especially young people, to view inappropriate and even CSAM
First trailed by the Prime Minister in 2013 and launched the
following year, the Friendly
WiFi scheme is industry’s response. By applying to be certified under the
scheme, public and guest Wi-Fi providers can show they’re putting their
customers first. How? By offering global public assurance that the wireless
networks consumers use when out and about is independently certified as
filtered from pornography and CSAM.
Although Trend Micro doesn’t run its own public/guest Wi-Fi
networks across the UK, we wanted to get involved and show our support for the
initiative and the wider aims of online safety that ISKF has been driving for
over a decade. That’s why we’re delighted to now be certified as an Approved
ISKF and the next decade
This latest recognition can be seen as part of our
three-pronged approach to tackling CSAM. This is built around the following
Educate: raising awareness among young people about
the risks involved in sharing images or trusting people online.
Integrate into products/services: blocking known CSAM
using watchlists such as those run by the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
and building it into our products, ie via web reputation. We’ll also alert
industry hotlines if our products and services come across such content.
Collaborate: We’re already serving on the advisory
board of the INHOPE Foundation,
a global association of internet hotlines.And we’re always on the
lookout for new ways to team up with like-minded organisations across the
Friendly WiFi is just the latest in a long line of
initiatives by ISKF to extend our goal of creating a world safe for the
exchange of digital information to the world’s youngest citizens. We educate,
we collaborate, we innovate and we practice what we preach all around the world
in order to help realise this vision.
Trend Micro’s bottom-line message to kids and families is
that, if you’re online: be safe, be savvy and be kind. It might not always be
easy, but there’s plenty of
support and advice on our website to help those who need it.