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
American International School
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.”