Al Hathboor Group Dubai, UAE
Cyberoam Provides Total Business Connectivity and Security to Al Hathboor
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Al Hathboor Group found its inception in 1982 through the keen insight and visionary outlook of its founder - Late Saif Obaid Al Hathboor. Starting with a single textile business in 1954, he explored newer avenues and tapped vistas of opportunity, paving way for the Group‘s success. Al Hathboor has grown from strength to strength and today, it is one of the leading business houses in the Gulf.

Some of Al Hathboor‘s diversified areas of business include

  • Electro-Mechanical Products
  • Fashion and Beauty Products
  • Car Care Products
  • Industrial Maintenance and Oilfield Materials
  • Laundry and Supermarket Equipment
  • Food Products and Real Estate

Today, the Group is proactively involved in marketing, distribution and re-exporting of internationally-acclaimed brands and is proud of an extensive product portfolio across various sectors. This confirms the Group`s position as a frontrunner in the region.

Mails are the most important medium of communication for any organization. We had up to 90% spam mail clogging our network/server resources.

Mr. Selvfasekaran Govindarajan
IT Manager
Al Hathboor Group

Al Hathboor Group has a dynamic workforce of 600+ multinationals spread across over 20 divisions distributed in various parts of the world. Like most corporates, Internet is one of their most critical resources. Emails are the primary mode of communication between various offices. Mr. Selvasekaran Govindarajan, IT Manager at Al Hathboor, wanted to ensure a safe and productive Internet experience to all employees. He faced he following concerns regarding Network Security.

Deluge of Spam

Mr. Govindarajan voiced his major concern saying, "Mails are the most important medium of communication for any organization. We had up to 90% spam mail clogging our network/server resources. So mails exchanged often got lost in the maze of spam and the business suffered. Often business mails were wrongly classified as spam false positives and deleted while spam still poured in."

The influx of spam consumed precious bandwidth which resulted in deterioration of business activities. Once the mails reached the individual mailboxes, they had to be checked and deleted manually. Many times the recipients were tempted to read the spam mails and the mail processing time kept increasing at the cost of productivity. Furthermore, these Spam mails brought along a number of Malware-infected and Phishing mails which threatened network security.

Securing Network Perimeter

The network was under constant threat from spyware, DoS attacks, fragmented and malformed packets, blended threats and more. "Even a single successful intrusion by an external threat could lead to unbearable consequences for our business,"said Mr. Govindarajan. It was of utmost importance to avoid any incident of communication loss or data tampering due to eavesdropping attacks from external entities. Hence, a strong Firewall and IPS solution was needed.

Malware Control

Mr. Govindarajan wanted to avoid any network breakdown issues due to virus, root-kit, worm, Trojan and spyware infections. These malware attacks which often took a blended form through email attachments, PDF, Word documents etc. had the potential to corrupt useful files and destroy important data. It could even result in Network Downtime.

The Cyberoam Solution

After combing through the market for various solutions, Mr. Govindarajan zeroed in on Cyberoam. He even took into consideration UTM solutions like Fortigate and Endian Firewall, but faced disappointment. Mr. Govindarajan said,"Cyberoam UTM provided for all our network security requirements. Hence, we have deployed One (1) CR 200i in our Head Office in Dubai in Gateway Mode."

The business benefits were as follows:

  • Good-Riddance of Spam

    Recurrent Pattern Detection (RPD) powered signature-less Anti Spam technology of Cyberoam works instantly on deployment, with the least human intervention, and is content-agnostic. It blocks spam in any language regardless of the content, e.g. image, audio, video or zip-based spam. The anti spam feature is also equipped with Virus Outbreak Detection. This protects the organization against any zero day attack. "After deployment of Cyberoam Appliance the number of Spam emails have drastically reduced,"Mr. Govindarajan pointed out.

  • Protection from Malware

    Cyberoam‘s Check Mark Certified Anti-Virus solution scans the Mail Traffic (SMTP, IMAP and POP3) and Web Surfing (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP) of all users in the organization to ensure that no malware is granted entry into their network. All FTP transactions are also scanned for additional security. The Anti-Virus blocks attachments for specified file types such as executables, media files, PDF, zipped files etc. before any blended threats can adversely affect the network.

  • Network Perimeter Secured

    Cyberoam‘s ICSA and Checkmark- dual certified firewall offers stateful and deep- packet inspection to provide granular access control over Internet and network resources. It protects the network against any unauthorized access, ensuring that no security loopholes are left open.

    Mr. Govindarajan uses default IPS policies to protect the network from DoS and spoofing attacks and other exploits. With a comprehensive database of 3000+ IPS signatures, Mr. Govindarajan now feels that the organizations data is well protected from several variants of spyware attacks, spoofing and DoS attacks in addition to key- loggers, Trojans and more.

  • To Conclude

    "Cyberoam is very powerful in monitoring network activities and provides a secure network environment. It has delivered complete Return on Investment," said Mr. Govindarajan.