Africa University, Zimbabwe, Southern Africa
Cyberoam Replaces Multiple Solutions to provide Total Threat Protection to Africa University
About Africa University, Education
Africa University is a private, international
higher education institution founded in March
1992 by the United Methodist Church
worldwide. The University is located just
outside the eastern highlands city of Mutare in
Zimbabwe. They welcome students from all the
nations of Africa without regard for race, class,
ethnicity and political or religious affiliation.
Cyberoam provided instant ROI for us. The ability to control and filter your traffic at the gateway level and with a single appliance is very relieving.
Mr. Richard Fotsin
Director - ICT
Africa University, the pioneer of higher education in Africa, is committed to developing
an environment of academic freedom in which cutting-edge research and learning is
highly promoted. However, the university has an obligation to protect its students and
staff from the harmful and inappropriate content on the Internet. Mr. Richard Fotsin,
the Director - Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Africa University
said, “We needed a total security solution that could help us in smooth management
of the university network.”
Bandwidth Management Overheads
“Bandwidth is a very precious resource for an educational institute. You have to provide enough for everyone, ensuring there is no misuse of the limited bandwidth”, said Mr. Fotsin. The institute provides a high-speed Internet connection to the students for academic research and development purposes. This may lead to a situation where a particular student or an application eats upon the precious bandwidth. Hence, he wanted a solution that would allow him to keep a perfect balance between providing sufficient Internet access and blocking inappropriate content.
Virus and Malware Menace
The threat of Malware attacks from Viruses, Worms, Trojans, etc. was a major concern. With the rise of P2P and file sharing applications, college campuses have become a favorite for Viruses and Spyware infection. Some of the Malwares are known for their notorious behavior i.e. they quickly propagate through an entire network once they get hold of a single host in the network. Thus, the need was to implement an effective Anti Virus and Anti Spyware solution that could detect and remove Viruses, Malware and Spyware before they reach the university network.
Mr. Fotsin worryingly quoted, “Uncontrolled Spam hitting our mail server was a huge concern for us. Obviously, to cut down on the number of Spam was a top priority task for us.” Spam not only consumed a lot of network bandwidth but some of them also tempted the students to click malicious links, which would ultimately lead to hassles for the institution and the student.
Need of Web Content Filtering
“As a modern-day education school, we provide the students with access to the Internet as and how they require. Then again, we need to c onsider their safety and ensure that they are not exposed to the content that is not suitable for their viewing”, said Mr. Fotsin.To summarize, he wanted a solution that would allow him to keep a perfect balance between providing sufficient Internet access and blocking harmful and inappropriate content
The Cyberoam Solution
Before Cyberoam deployment, Africa University had Pix Firewall,
Packeteer and Kaspersky Enterprise deployed in their network, all
acting as stand-alone appliances. That led to multiple
management overheads for the organization. Hence, they
decided to replace all the stand-alone appliances with an UTM
appliance. They looked into a couple of solution including
Untangle and WatchGuard besides a Microsoft solution. The
search was of a solution that could provide them with unified
threat management services with best-in-class technical support.