[Podcast] Interview with the Solution Architect Behind CETS

You have most likely heard about CETS, the Child Exploitation Tracking System, that has been in use now for over 3 years.  The system was designed and built by Microsoft in an effort to help police forces battle child exploitation on the web.  I recently had the chance to sit down with John Hancock, a Solutions Architect at Microsoft and the project lead and our discussion.


Stay tuned for part two when I sit down with Paul Gillespie and discuss the impact CETS has made to police forces in Canada.


Comments (2)

  1. Graham Jones says:

    Last evening (Feb 13) Bruce Cowper gave a very well received talk on security to the inaugural meeting of the new VANTUG Security SIG. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bruce, Dana Epp (Security MVP) and Microsoft for their help and support in helping to set up this SIG.

    In his talk Bruce mentioned CETS and that Paul Gillespie is expected to be in Vancouver in April to give a talk. Apparently the recent event in Calgary garnered a lot of media attention (a couple of TV stations) and was very well received.

    After the meeting Bruce asked me if VANTUG would be interested in being involved. Without hesitation, I said "yes". I firmly believe that UG’s have a responsibility not just to help educate their members but to use the collective knowledge to raise the education level of the general public.

    CETS is only one example. Yesterday (Feb 13) an article appeared on the front page of the Vancouver Sun about the issue of open wireless networks and how they can be exploited by criminals and by those interested in child pornography. This situation frustrates the police efforts to catch these people becuause they can hide behind someone else’s identity. In fact recently there was a case where the police barged into an elderly lady’s home believing that she was a "child pornographer" and frightened the daylights out of her.

    In most cases it is pure ignorance that is the problem. Wireless is now very cheap and is heavily pushed at people these days for its "simplicity" of setup and use. That may be true but it is only very recently that the manufacturers are starting to take their responsibility seriously by leading people through setup via a wizard to a default secure installation, something that could have, and should have, been done a long time ago.

    That still leaves all of those people out there who still don’t know any better. I firmly believe that if all of us in the know did a little to help these people that we can begin to "take back some ground". Unfortunately, the problem is not confined to the home user. Many businesses are just as guilty and they have their IP to worry about as well. For example, a recent survey of downtown Vancouver found 400 wireless networks 50% of which were unsecured!

    Not only am I keen for VANTUG members to be involved in helping to raise public knowledge about computer security as a whole but this is something that I am personally willing to devote some of my own time and effort to including commiting to improving my own knowledge if that helps. A few of us may only make a small dent but a lot of us can make a real difference!


    Graham Jones

    President, VANTUG

  2. Anonymous says:

    That might be a silly question to ask you, a seasoned IT Professional, but it is a real question. Many

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