We’re pleased to share that The US National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), today revealed that our digital triage tool, which helps law enforcement find evidence in child abuse and counter terrorism investigations, can effectively identify child abuse materials following an assessment of the technology. The assessment builds on the UK Home Office adoption of the technology, which it described as ‘game-changing’ and recent partnerships with MCM Solutions and Susteen.
The assessment by this key US non-profit which is dedicated to help find missing children and reduce exploitation, will support Cyan’s growth and expansion into international markets. Since their initial partnership in August 2019, NCMEC has evaluated our tech, finding that the forensics software capabilities “will work well to quickly and effectively identify child sexual abuse materials”.
The analysis revealed that our product, Cyan Examiner, will assist in:
• Finding child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on devices more effectively
• Enhancing law enforcement investigations into child sexual exploitation
• Reducing the time needed for investigators to safeguard children
NCMEC’s CyberTipline is the US centralised reporting system for exploitation which receives reports from the public and works with electronic service providers to prevent CSAM materials from circulating. In 2019 alone, they received over 16.9 million reports related to exploitation which included 69 million indecent images, files and videos. This expertise makes NCMEC one of the pivotal bodies in the global fight against exploitation.
“Timing is critical in any case involving the safety of a child and for law enforcement working on cases of child sexual exploitation, the volume of content and devices that must be reviewed can mean days or even weeks of work. So even in the most urgent cases, it can make it harder to identify where they should focus their efforts,” said John F. Clark, NCMEC president and CEO. “Cyan offers a solution to this problem. At NCMEC we have assessed Cyan’s triage tool, and we believe it will work well to quickly and effectively identify child sexual abuse materials. We believe this technology can cut the time needed to point investigators in the right direction to more directly safeguard children.”
Ian Stevenson, CEO and co-founder at Cyan also commented: “We are delighted to have our product recognised by NCMEC as being able to provide a fast and effective solution to many of the issues faced by law enforcement when investigating online child sexual exploitation. NCMEC is one of the foremost bodies in the US fighting to prevent child sexual exploitation, and their impact and relationship with US law enforcement cannot be underestimated. This backing will help get our tool into the right hands with greater speed.
Stevenson continues, “Cyan is working towards a world where there is no place that harmful digital content can be easily hidden or shared, and a key step is aiding law enforcement in catching paedophiles and terrorists. We are passionate about providing the tools to enable faster and more effective triage to bring justice more quickly against these crimes.”