In a recent survey of IT experts, a fifth of those surveyed revealed that someone had downloaded Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) material at work. Of those, just 3.5% lead to criminal investigations and in the vast majority of cases (69%) nothing happened.
According to NetClean, one in every 1,000 employees will look at CSA content at work. However, the majority of their survey respondents predicted this number at one in every million, which is seriously underestimating the scale of the problem.
When asked who have a responsibility to stop CSA content at work, the majority of respondents believe that responsibility to tackle the issue lies with individuals (34.8%), Government (29%) or internet service providers (22%).
Christian Berg, founder and CEO NetClean, said “Today’s employers have a moral duty to tackle child abuse images on corporate networks. The people who view these images are participating in a cycle of abuse; perpetuating a market for ringleaders to continue producing material that makes more children suffer. Relying on web filters alone won’t solve the problem. Organisations need to go one step further and use proven methods, such as file matching, to flag indecent images and cross reference them against existing ones on police databases to keep corporate networks clean from illegal content.”