ImageGuard is a real time illicit image analysis and management engine that assesses all image files passing through your mail server. Using robust policy sensitivity settings, it grades image risk to determine whether or not an image may be prohibited.
Illicit images continue to travel in and out of enterprise email systems, hidden within a mass of legitimate business images. This constitutes a real risk to your business in terms of legal liability, potential sexual harassment lawsuits and reputational damage.
Images stored on networks and passing through corporate email systems are the legal responsibility of that company. This constitutes huge risk in terms of legal liability, potential harassment lawsuits and reputation and brand damage if email images are not monitored and filtered.
By implementing ImageGuard, combined with an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) governing employee network access, the severe implications from misuse can be avoided.
ImageGuard provides the technology to differentiate pornographic images from the mass of legitimate business images travelling through the email gateway on a daily basis. Once the image is identified as suspect, the email filtering application is able to record other details such as sender, recipient, date and time.
Implementing ImageGuard is a simple, quick process that provides brand protection insurance with immediate effect.
Implementation of an image management system within a company’s network demonstrates that the company has met its duty of care to its employees.In conjunction with an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), the company can demonstrate that it employs best practice towards its employees and infrastructure.
A company’s brand image can be damaged by employee actions, which can ultimately affect the top and bottom line, with a significant number of high profile cases involving well known companies and their employ.
It has been shown that employees who are aware of image management systems quickly desist from sending pornographic material and move their activities outside of the corporate network. Less time spent sharing and sending files means more time spent on business, leading to increased productivity.
Image files are, by nature, larger than text based office documents and hence consume more bandwidth and storage. ImageGuard dissuades employees from sending or storing inappropriate material therefore freeing up valuable network bandwidth.
Many organisation archive and store email using a service (such as SafeGuard) in order to achieve regulatory compliance. Unless filtered, any email containing an illicit image will be archived leaving a permanent record in the system.
Research has shown that it is often high profile, high salaried and important company employees who are likely to be transmitting and receiving inappropriate content. Dismissal or disciplining for network abuse can result in the potential loss of a highly valuable company asset.
In many companies network administrators will admit they do not have any idea what potentially damaging image content is flowing in and out, and residing on their network. ImageGuard is a powerful management tool which offers companies assistance in controlling and securing their data.