This case study provides an overview based on the experience of a Canadian Police Department (PD) who deployed PixAlert’s image detection and management technology to manage the use, storage and distribution of inappropriate and illicit image content and identify and ensure safe storage of specific legacy photographic stock held on their network.
Recognising the importance of their reputation and duty of care to employees and the community, the PD organization required an audit solution that would detect and control illicit images content and misuse across their network of 2,000 users. They wanted to enable their HR and IT departments to manage user policy enforcement and measurably reduce the volume of inappropriate images that existed within their environment. Key, specific objectives driving the project included:
- Detection, removal and management of illicit & inappropriate image content
- Identify instances of legacy police photographs stored on targeted servers in accordance particular image recognition criteria
- Foster a safe and compliant working environment
- Eliminate reputation risk factors
Following an incident which initially prompted the PD organization to contact PixAlert, they installed PixAlert’s Image Auditor solution on a trial basis within their IT (technical) and HR (operational) departments before deploying the software on a licensed arrangement. Image Auditor was directly installed on the PDs network enabling greater flexibility with local operators to directly conducts scans, analyse result findings, and proactively execute and manage vulnerabilities on a continual basis.
Through conducting regular audit reviews, the PD has gained control of illicit image activity and distribution across their organization through the implementation of PixAlert’s Image Auditor software. Network visibility has empowered their IT and HR management to measurably reduce illicit image misuse and reinforce positive user policy adaption. By implementing these proactive measures it has helped the police department to improve operating efficiencies within the organization while endorsing good governance practice and reducing their exposure to reputational, legal and financial risk.