STAFFORDSHIRE, England—Security solutions provider iCritical has launched a new tool as part of its core email security offering, which can identify, monitor and block pornographic images that are being distributed by email over client IT networks.

The iCritical Image Analyzer enables organizations to enforce an acceptable email use policy which includes restrictions on the use of company email resources to transmit and receive pornographic image content, the company said in a press release.

By ensuring policy compliance, Image Analyser enables organizations to seriously reduce their exposure to the risks of legal liability, sexual harassment lawsuits, reduced productivity, damaged company image and reputation and blockages to network bandwidth, which could occur as a result of illicit images being disseminated, the company said.

According to iCritical, the tool uses real-time composition analysis to distinguish between porn and non-porn images. Once an image has been identified as suspect, details such as sender, recipient, date and time can be logged by the solution.

"Image Analyzer takes email security to a whole new level, by offering organizations protection against significant legal and operational threats which could result from individuals transmitting and receiving pornographic material while at work," said Chris Gee, director at iCritical. "It is a customizable solution, allowing users to define what they deem as acceptable and non-acceptable image content and it is available in either an enforcement mode or monitoring mode. This enables users to choose whether they wish to totally block delivery of suspect image content or copy suspect messages while allowing delivery to the intended recipient.”

"Senior management teams in many organizations would be shocked to find out how frequently their networks are being used to carry indecent email images, yet ignorance is not an adequate defence against the potential legal, financial and operational consequences. The risks are just too great to ignore this common workplace issue," Gee said.

For further information, visit iCritical.com