SOURCE: Optenet


October 30, 2009 09:41 ET

Optenet Child Protection Security Expert Invited to Speak at Annual Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Conference

Company Offers Individuals, ISPs, and Hosting Providers Ability to Make the Internet Safer for Minors

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - October 30, 2009) - Optenet, a global leader in IT security and pioneer in child protection solutions, today announced that Ana Luiza Rotta, special projects director at Optenet, was invited as a panelist to discuss online child protection at the Family Online Safety Institute's (FOSI) third annual conference: "Building a Culture of Responsibility: From Online Safety to Digital Citizenship." Rotta will lend her expertise on policies and technologies during a panel titled "Can We Legislate Online Safety?", taking place on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 2:15 pm ET at The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Also, during the conference Optenet executives will be available at the Optenet booth to meet with attendees to provide answers to specific child protection security questions.

"Using online safety as a foundation, FOSI is increasingly working to encourage digital citizenship among all users," said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. "As new homes are connected to broadband, we need to build a 'Culture of Responsibility' on the Web where government, law enforcement, industry, teachers, parents and the kids themselves all take a responsible role in making the Internet safer. Our annual conference brings all of these key groups and we are grateful for Optenet's participation and efforts to provide important filtering tools."

Rotta will talk about the current EU legislation during a special segment of the panel, "Blocking illegal content in Europe -- an analysis." She will provide insights on the current EU Framework Decision (FD) on combating online sexual child abuse and exploitation. This FD proposes to establish measures to strengthen the fight against child abuse on the Internet by means of blocking access to Internet pages containing or disseminating child pornography. Rotta will highlight key points for consideration in the U.S. based on her analysis of Europe's efforts to protect minors online.

"Fighting the abuse of children online is a progressive battle and blocking access to known offender Websites is an important first step," said Ana Luisa Rotta, special projects director, Optenet. "ISPs and others who provide access to the Internet have a responsibility to help parents make the Internet a safer place for children. We all need to do our part to reduce the availability of illegal and harmful content on the Internet."

FOSI is currently the only policy-focused Internet safety conference attended by leaders from government, industry and the nonprofit sectors. This year's conference will focus on the online child safety topics of utmost importance at this time: "sexting," cyber-bullying, pro-self harm Websites and the need to build a "culture of responsibility." In 2009 Optenet became an official FOSI member and Rotta was honored with a seat on the organizations board of directors. In her position as special projects director at Optenet, Rotta focuses on the protection of children online. Rotta is also the secretary to the board of directors at Protégeles, a non-governmental organization (NGO) and Optenet partner that is dedicated to running a hotline against illegal content, especially child pornography, on the Internet.

As an Internet service provider launched more than 12 years ago dedicated to creating a safer Web experience for minors, Optenet recognizes there is a growing risk of children being exposed to pornographic content online, due to the "rich media" explosion on the Web. For this reason, Optenet has created a number of child protection solutions for both personal and corporate application. Optenet offers home and mobile protection with its products ChildSecure ISP, ChildSecure Mobile and WebFilter PC. Optenet's Web-Content Optenet Legal Filtering (WOLF) product provides ISPs with regulatory compliance in addition to brand and operations protection by preventing access to all known illegal Websites. With HostSecure, Optenet gives content and hosting providers a service that protects them from hosting inappropriate content for the protection of minors, identifies and classifies any text, code or images hosted on servers that are deemed illegal or harmful to minors and ensures Web providers can regularly monitor the content of and manage access to the Web sites hosted on its servers.

Optenet has invested in a research effort to develop ways to better detect pornographic content, cyber-criminals and cyber-bullying. The technology is used collaboratively with governments to facilitate the detection and apprehension of pedophiles on the Internet.

About Optenet

Optenet is a global IT security company providing high-performance security to service providers and large enterprises worldwide. With the largest ISP customer base using its multitenant platform and 12 years of experience, Optenet is a pioneer and global leader of enabling SaaS security offerings "in-the-cloud." Its technology protects more than 100 million end users and is deployed globally at over 75 ISPs and 1,000 enterprises. Dedicated to protecting children by eliminating illegal content on the Internet, Optenet works with government and non-profit organizations to create a secure online environment for minors. For more information, visit

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