AL-Ayuni Group, Saudi Arabia,
Cyberoam Deployment increases network security, reliability
and availability for AL-Ayuni Group.
About AL-Ayuni, Construction & Contracting Co.
The AL Ayuni group was founded by the founder late sheikh/ Hamad Bin Abdullah AL Ayuni and
as part of Highway Engineering & Construction; AL Ayuni has completed various huge impressive
infrastructure projects in whole Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The business has started as road & civil
works construction contractor and developed over time through various business verticals and
managed by accredited and caring people. The AL Ayuni Investment and Contracting Company is
graded as “First Class” contractor in Saudi Arabia.
AL Ayuni operates in eight business sectors: Highway Engineering & Construction, Railway
Engineering & Construction, Constructions Equipment Services, International Children‘s
Education, Information Technology and GIS Services, Marble Mining and Sales, Pre Cast
Concreting and Real Estate Development.
AL-Ayuni wanted to raise workplace
productivity by putting a complete
end to indiscriminate Internet surfing
by its internal users. Thus they
needed a strong Content Filtering
Mr. Ramanujam Loganathan
Below mentioned are the challenges faced by AL-Ayuni. related to its business activities:
Access Control and Intrusion Prevention
The company needed a firewall and an intrusion prevention solution. The combination of both the
solutions was needed to protect the network against intentional and unintentional intrusion
attempts, and Denial of Service attacks.
Controlling Surfing Practices
As one of their most critical issues, AL-Ayuni wanted to raise workplace productivity by putting a
complete end to indiscriminate Internet surfing by its internal users. It also wanted the solution to
ensure precious bandwidth is not wasted on downloads of audio, video and streaming files and
nuisance applications like Yahoo Messenger and instead, diverted to more productive use.
Moreover, Mr. Ramanujam Loganathan, the MIS Manager at AL-Ayuni knew unbridled surfing
represented an added layer of threat through malicious sites such as phishing and pharming
which had to be resolved.
Business Continuity Concerns
One major issue was the connectivity problem. "If Internet was down our business activities would
come to a halt," Mr. Loganathan said grimly. To avoid a single point of failure, multiple locations
had multiple ISP links. So, multiple ISP links load balancing, bandwidth management and failover
is also a critical need. The VPN Clients used to connect to the parent network were extremely
The Cyberoam Solution
After scouring the market for the correct solution, Mr. Loganathan decided to go for a UTM
solution. After careful evaluation and deliberation of multiple products, he chose Cyberoam as he
found it to be a robust solution, an ideal mix of best-of-the-breed solutions and backed by strong
proactive technical assistance. AL-Ayuni deployed seventeen (17) Cyberoam appliances all in
The deployment details are:
||Rayan - One (1)
||Olaya -One (1), Abha -One (1)
||India (Chennai) -One (1)
||Albaha -One (1), Tabouk -One
(1), Sahar -One (1), Rayan -
One (1), Majma -Two (2),
Buraida -One (1), Zulfi -One
(1), Olaya -Two (2)
||Olaya -One (1), Malaz -One (1)
||Olaya -Headoffice -One (1)
- Firewall Protection
ICSA and Checkmark - dual certified Cyberoam‘s stateful inspection firewall now cordons off ALAyuni network against any unauthorized access. AL-Ayuni users are given controlled access to
network and internet resources, ensuring that no security loopholes are left open.
Mr. Loganathan used default IPS policies from the firewall rule to protect the network from DoS and
spoofing attacks and other exploits. With a comprehensive database of 3000+ IPS signatures, Mr.
Loganathan 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. Cyberoam‘s
hardnosed promise to security and protection helped them perk up their network competence and
- Premium Filtering & Bandwidth Management
“With Cyberoam‘s Content Filtering Solution we can tailor filtering policies to suit our needs,” notes
Mr. Loganathan. “We can even make customized policies and quickly push them out to the users.
Plus, by eliminating traffic to undesirable sites, we can free up bandwidth for legitimate office
activities.” With a database powered with 82 categories and more than 44 million sites, Mr.
Loganathan has matchless flexibility to configure security policies. The Content filtering features
makes sure that all P2P and Instant Messengers are blocked and that there is no breach of data.
- More Resilient Internet Connectivity
The CR100ia appliance deployed at the Head Office in Olaya was used to ensure IPSec VPN
connectivity along with the Cyberoam appliances at branches. This allowed remote office users to
seamlessly access their work without any worries of breakdown in Internet traffic. Threat-free
Tunneling (TFT)-driven VPN ensures that all such traffic is securely encrypted and no malware
sneaks through it.
Cyberoam‘s Multiple Link Manager with WAN failover feature is expected to further bolster the
company‘s connectivity requirements by offering load balancing with failover capability. Once a link
fails, Cyberoam quickly kicks in and diverts the traffic to another up and running link.
- Round Off
“Cyberoam is very user friendly in terms of ease of use and management, plus it is extremely easy
to teach our IT staff how to use it. With Cyberoam in place, we have the confidence of a secure and
protected environment.” said Mr. Loganathan.