American International School of Jeddah, Australia
Cyberoam Efficiently Controls and Utilizes Bandwidth for AISJ
About American International School of Jeddah, Education

The American International School of Jeddah (AISJ) was formerly known as the Saudi Arabian International School until June 2004. AISJ is a non-profit institution governed by an elected Board of Trustees and assisted by the U.S. Department of State. AISJ is a private, college-preparatory English language day school for students from KG to 12th grade.

Internet plays a vital role in the school for children to do research, take notes related to their studies and other things. Also, teachers and other staff of the school need Internet for their own purposes.

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Mr. Asim Mansuri
IT Administrator
American International School
of Jeddah

Mr. Asim Mansuri, the IT Administrator at AISJ said, “We are one campus with 3 schools – Elementary, Middle and High School. Hence, for better bandwidth management, secured VPN connectivity and monitoring students was a basic requirement for us”.

The network issues they faced were:

Laborious Network Speed

Mr. Mansuri was upset with the slow network speed. He said, “We often noticed students and staff using Internet for non-work related tasks, due to which bandwidth was getting choked. This affected the school to such an extent that many legitimate applications could not be accessed at all.” Hence, Mr. Mansuri wanted to restrict his students from uploading/downloading bandwidth-hungry content such as Music, Videos, online games and Streaming Media, as well as protect them from Malware laden websites.

No Knowledge of What is Going on in the Network

Mr. Mansuri said, “We noticed that many students used Internet for non-work related tasks and we couldn’t track what is going on in the network. Hence, couldn’t take any action against any one. This gave liberty to everyone for doing whatever they wished, affecting bandwidth of our organization”.

The Cyberoam Solution

AISJ searched the market for a solution that could meet their concerns as mentioned above. But he could not find any. Then, finally they found Cyberoam to be the ray of hope and purchased One (1) CR500ia appliance. They deployed it at Jeddah in Gateway Mode

The facilities they received after deploying Cyberoam in their network are:

  • Malicious Traffic Blocked from Invading the Network

    Cyberoam’s Firewall, Checkmark and ICSA certified, ensures that their network is safe from attacks like DoS, DDoS, IP Spoofing and other network attacks. It also provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and network resources. Thus, all malicious traffic is blocked at the entrance, ensuring complete security.

  • Controlled Web Access

    Cyberoam’s Web filter solution provides 89+ URL categories enabling the school to prevent the students from accessing restricted websites and keep them focused on their studies. Cyberoam’s Web and Application Filter allows Mr. Mansuri to create user and group based web and application access policies. Each student and staff is given only that much access as is required for their respective tasks and the rest of the inappropriate websites are kept at bay.

    Cyberoam also contains a policy that can block numerous websites without any customization. Thus it ensures that no child is exposed to pornography and explicit content online.

  • Efficient Usage of Bandwidth

    Cyberoam’s Bandwidth Management solution solved the previous issues with slow network. It provides identity-based bandwidth allocation which prioritizes business-critical applications and users, ensuring smooth business continuity. Moreover, it helps Mr. Mansuri to create schedules based on the role of the users, so that everyone gets the required amount of bandwidth.

    Mr. Mansuri said, “Thanks to Cyberoam for optimizing the Internet usage in the most efficient way and increasing our network speed considerably”.

  • Identity-based Security

    Cyberoam’s identity-based security solution protects against insider threats by giving transparency into what is going on in the network. Mr. Mansuri used Cyberoam’s Active Directory (AD) facility to bring the AISJ users under its inspection. This feature greatly helps him create policies for controlling the activities based on identity of the users rather than IP Addresses. Thus, it helps him to keep a track of the Internet activities.

    Mr. Mansuri said, “Cyberoam’s identity-based security is one the best features which helps us to control all our users very easily”.

  • Complete Knowledge of User Activities

    Cyberoam’s On-Appliance Reporting feature enables administrators to have complete knowledge of “Who is doing What?” across the network. It includes features like Traffic Discovery, Internet Bandwidth Usage Monitors, Top Accessed Categories and Google Search Reports, which enhances the visibility of a user’s online behaviour. Additionally, this feature comes absolutely free without any extra cost. Having 1000+ granular reports at their service, the school can keep a track of each student and staff to know the surfing trend. Hence based on the tendency, the school can also twist the policies to stop the surfing habits of the students.

    Mr. Mansuri said, “Cyberoam’s Reporting feature has helped us immensely in knowing the surfing trend clearly and taking actions accordingly”.

  • To Conclude

    Mr. Mansuri said, “Cyberoam is an excellent product for educational institutions and enterprise level. It has helped us in resolving all our concerns.”