VimpelCom and Symantec Corporation recently announced the offering of new Child Safety service, an integrated network-based online security service, which combines internet filtering, internet surfing reports, and network-use time control. Built on leading-edge Symantec technologies, this service is already available via VimpelCom’s network in Russia under the Beeline brand.
The Child Safety service blocks the malicious and inappropriate online content from the users that are configured to not receive such content. This service enables parents to define and execute policy-based controls for children of various age groups, such as under 7, 7-12 and over 13 years of age. The solution also automatically categorizes new frequently visited web sites and adds those to the existing category database. Access to search engines and encyclopedias can be left open to all age groups, however, search results can be filtered-out for restricted and inappropriate content.
The technology is based on the Symantec Next Generation Network Protection (NGNP) platform, a network-based policy control and enforcement solution that allows a communication service provider to dynamically apply user preferences in a consistent fashion to a variety of services including surfing, texting, email, voice and instant messaging. This innovative industry leading technology was chosen over those of 11 competitive vendors. It allows the monitoring of network traffic with deep packet inspection, and eliminates malware before it reaches end-user devices.
The solution uses a website categorization database, provided by RuleSpace (now a subsidiary of Symantec), a recognized global leader in parental control services; URL filtering, safe search, context advertising, and content audit.
"Developing the solution, we focused on industry best practices, and tried to make the activation process and the features of the service as simple and clear to parents as possible.”
- Olga Turishcheva, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development OJSC VimpelCom
“To implement the project, we used the most advanced technologies, and proven experience gained from working with leading telecom providers in the U.S. and Europe; at the same time, we took into account all local requirements, such as detailed categorization of the Russian internet segment, support for the categorization of sites in the .ru zone, and the new Cyrillic domain.“
- Gary Thomassen, Director of Business Development for EMEA, Symantec.Cloud