Abdul Rahman Kanoo International School Bahrain, Middle East
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About Abdul Rahman Kanoo International School, Education

Abdul Rahman Kanoo International School (ARKIS) situated at Bahrain became a recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in May 2008. It is committed to provide bilingual education by implementing recognized international well-balanced curricula.

Internet is a major resource for the organization as its students and faculty uses it for research and learning purposes.

We needed a solution that would provide a productive Internet security for our students. We were looking for non-intrusive and non-restrictive Internet security.

Mr. Mohamed Niroz
System Administrator

The ARKIS Challenge

ARKIS used a network security solution to protect the network from harmful stuff and provide identity based access to its users. But it was difficult to use and unsatisfactory. Mr. Mohamed Niroz, the System Administrator, at ARKIS said, “We needed a solution that would provide a productive Internet security for our students. We were looking for non-intrusive and non-restrictive Internet security” .

ARKIS faced Internet security issues related to:

Unsecured Network Perimeter

The data center of the school contained information about the students, exam papers, training programs, faculty‘s information, fees, course information and changes to be brought in the next academic year. All this sensitive information was under constant threat from spyware, DoS attacks and unauthorized access.

Moreover ARKIS had the responsibility to protect its students from the malware threats and keep the network up and running continuously. Mr. Niroz said, “Protecting sensitive data and student‘s innocence from threats and inappropriate websites was a chief cause of distress for ARKIS” .

Malware Nuisance

The students used Internet in the school for research and study purposes. While doing so they were exposed to threats like viruses, Trojans, phishing, malware etc. It was the responsibility of the organization to provide continuous Internet access to its students. Hence protection from such malware was a prime concern for the organization.

Uninhibited Web Access

Like many other institutions even ARKIS had students that accessed Internet for surfing and accessing social networking websites. Moreover it was difficult for the faculty at ARKIS to keep an eye on the activities of the students. In addition to this, the solution which they used did not provide schedule based Internet access facility, which would limit the web and application access of students. Mr. Niroz said, “To get protection in terms of quantity and quality by limiting the Internet usage and protecting the innocence of children from harmful content was a matter of concern for ARKIS” .

Choked Bandwidth

In ARKIS the available bandwidth was not being utilized effectively. The students used Internet for working on the tasks given as well as for unproductive purposes. This hampered the bandwidth to such an extent that sometimes even the legitimate applications were difficult to access. Hence the school wanted to restrict its students from uploading/downloading bandwidth-hungry content such as Music, Videos, online games and Streaming Media, and protect them from Malware laden websites.

The Cyberoam Solution

ARKIS used Sonicwall to address their business challenges but they were not satisfied. After having a demo of Cyberoam from Canar Trading, a partner to Cyberoam, they were impressed with its features and felt that Cyberoam was an evident choice for them. The school then deployed One (1) CR 300i appliance in its data center in Gateway Mode.

The business benefits were as follows:

  • Firewalling Network Perimeter

    Cyberoam‘s Firewall is ICSA and Check Mark Level 5 Certified - provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and network resources. It also provides a Fusion technology that enables to create policies for multiple features through a single interface.

    With a database of 4000+ IPS signatures Cyberoam‘s Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) automatically detects, blocks and drops the suspicious web traffic ensuring network security. It also provides signature updating facility that updates the signatures regularly and provides zero-hour protection against latest attacks.

    Mr. Niroz said, “I am now certain that no external resources or threats can invade the network through Cyberoam” .

  • User Integration

    Cyberoam UTM is equipped with a unique identity-based security solution that enables ARKIS to know “Who is doing What?” in the network, thus protecting against insider threats. Mr. Niroz said, “We integrated Cyberoam with our Active Directory to include the ARKIS users with the network” . This feature helps him to develop policies for scheduling and controlling Web and Application access, and monitoring the activities based on identity of the users rather than IP address.

  • Stable Remote Connectivity

    Cyberoam‘s On-Appliance SSL VPN solution provides Anywhere, Any Time and Any Device VPN connectivity. Hence it provides secure and stable connectivity between the school and its remote administrative users. Cyberoam ensures that with less configuration and easy setup, the users can easily and securely connect and access the resources from any location.

  • Malware Curbed

    Cyberoam‘s Gateway Anti-Virus solution scans the web and email traffic – HTTP, HTTPS, SMTP, POP3, IMAP and VPN tunnels and ensures that no malware such as viruses, Trojans, spyware and key loggers, slip into the network while children are surfing Internet.

    Mr. Niroz said, “Cyberoam‘s Anti-Virus ensures that no malware slips into the network by any means” .

  • Inculcating Healthy Surfing Habits

    Without restricting the inquisitiveness of young children, Cyberoam allows them to surf Internet widely. Additionally, Cyberoam allows customizing messages for its Web pages that it blocks. This helps ARKIS to educate the children about the Internet policy and instill safe surfing habits in them.

    Mr. Niroz said, “Cyberoam adequately helps the students to understand the positive need to curb their surfing habits through customized messages” .

  • Controlled Web Access

    Cyberoam‘s Web filter solution provides 82+ 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. Niroz 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 his task and the rest of the inappropriate websites are kept at bay.

    Cyberoam also contains a policy that can block numerous websites without any customization, posing danger to the very innocence of a child. Thus it ensures that no child is exposed to pornography and explicit content online.

  • Optimum Utilization of Bandwidth

    Cyberoam‘s bandwidth management solution solved ARKIS‘s earlier issues with bandwidth scarcity for legitimate applications. Bandwidth management offers identitybased bandwidth controls, preventing blockage and optimizing bandwidth.

    Mr. Niroz said, “Based on identity now everyone gets their own share of bandwidth. Hence bandwidth is wisely managed” .

  • To Wind Up

    Mr. Niroz said, “Cyberoam has given us many reasons to smile since it acts as a long term solution to our security needs. We have received more than what we were looking for” . “It also has a superior technical support” , he further added.