New IWF Member aims to 'help find innovative solutions' to the spread of online child sexual abuse material

Published:  Fri 12 Nov 2021

A cybersecurity company is aiming to help find innovative solutions to the spread of online child sexual abuse material by joining the IWF as Members.

Today (November 12) Global cyber security provider F-Secure announces it has joined the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) as a Member.

F-Secure Executive Vice President of Consumer Security Timo Laaksonen said: “Many of the security challenges that concern us all are too big for any single organization to handle alone.

“By cooperating with our partners, we’re able to find new solutions to problems like the spread of child sexual abuse imagery.

“And thanks to our expansive network of operator partners, we can quickly and efficiently spread the new solutions we create to millions of people throughout the globe.”

Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive of the IWF, said: “F-Secure joins the IWF at a pivotal time. Last year was a record year for the IWF, with our analysts finding and removing more child sexual abuse content from the internet than ever before.

“The threat posed by online sex predators, who will exploit anything they can to access and abuse children, can not be underestimated.

“This is why working with organisations like F-Secure is so important. They are vital allies in protecting children and making the internet a safer place for everyone.”

In 2020, IWF analysts dealt with a record number of reports of online child sexual abuse material, while the coronavirus crisis has seen more people than ever relying on the internet to learn, work, and socialise.

Find out more about becoming a Member and the services the IWF can provide here.

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