Alsayegh Media UAE, Middle East
Cyberoam wisely Addresses Security Concerns for Alsayegh Media
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We needed a solution that could safeguard our network periphery, provide control over Internet access and, in process, speed up the network performance

Mr. Mohammad Primuswala
IT Manager
Alsayegh Media

Highlighting the need for a security solution with strong Content Filtering and Bandwidth Management features, Mr. Mohammad Primuswala, the IT Manager at Alsayegh Media said, “We needed a solution that could safeguard our network periphery, provide control over Internet access and, in process, speed up the network

According to Mr. Primuswala, the issues that they faced were:

Slow Network

Mr. Primuswala noticed that, many a times the available bandwidth was used in nonproductive tasks like: upload/download of music, videos, games and accessing other bandwidth hungry websites. This unmonitored and uncontrolled web and application usage led to deficiency of the network bandwidth and the speed of the network became slow. This in turn, had a bad impact on overall productivity of the employees. Mr. Primuswala said, “Installing a content filtering solution with feature-rich bandwidth management capabilities was a key priority”.

No Control over Internet Access

Often Mr. Primuswala felt that due to the lack of proper logging and monitoring, an invaluable resource, the Internet, was not utilized productively. There were high chances of employees getting diverted from their tasks by accessing social networking sites, downloading/uploading videos, music and doing other non- work related activities. As a result, many times legitimate applications could not be accessed due to inadequate bandwidth.

Hacking Concerns

In a time where cyber threats are increasingly becoming complicated day-by-day, the need for a strong Firewall and an Intrusion Prevention System is now more than ever. For Alsayegh Media, the combination of these two solutions was needed to protect the network against intentional and unintentional hacking & intrusion attempts, and Denial of Service attacks.

The Cyberoam Solution

Mr. Primuswala searched the network security market for a solution with best-of-breed Content Filtering and powerful Bandwidth Management features. After a thorough search, he was convinced that Cyberoam could best address the security requirements for Alsayegh Media. They purchased One (1) CR100iNG and One (1) CR100ia Appliances. They deployed CR100iNG at their Abu Dhabi office and CR100ia at the Dubai office. They deployed both the Appliances in Gateway Mode. After deploying Cyberoam in the network, the benefits that they notice are:

The business benefits were as follows:

  • Firewall & Stopping Intrusion/Hacking Attempts

    Cyberoam’s ICSA and Checkmark Certified Firewall is placed between the Internet and the organization’s network to establish a secure environment for the organization’s computer and network resources. The Perimeter Firewall is a key component of the Alsayegh Media’s network security architecture. The Firewall provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and the network resources. This helps to determine if a data packet should be permitted or discarded through the Firewall to the internal LAN.

    Once, the Firewall allows the traffic, Cyberoam Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) comes into picture and provides second level of defense. With a comprehensive database of 4500+ IPS signatures, the IPS engine protects the network from known and unknown attacks by Worms and Viruses, hackers and other Internet risks including DoS, IP Spoofing and other network attacks. Mr. Primuswala said, “With Cyberoam in place, we have the confidence of a protected network. The Firewall provides efficient access control and the IPS protects our network from all internal and external threats”.

  • Regulated Web Surfing Practices

    Cyberoam's Identity-aware Web Filtering solution ensures employee accountability, which in turn leads to decrease in harmful and unproductive surfing. The solution is backed by a database of millions of URLs divided into 89+ categories, helping Mr. Primuswala to allow the staff to access only those websites that are authorized by the company’s policies. The solution blocks all proxy and malwareladen sites, P2P, streaming media and other bandwidth intensive download. Cyberoam’s identity-based filtering allows administrator to create schedules and assign Internet access policies, surfing quota, time limits and bandwidth restrictions to individual user based on certain criteria.

    Additionally, Cyberoam’s On-Appliance reports provide Mr. Primuswala with the user’s identity. The information about the actual person using an IP Address can be easily gleaned from the reports. Mr. Primuswala said, “Cyberoam’s Web Filtering solution has efficiently regulated the surfing trend of users. Its ‘Anonymous
    Proxy Protection’ feature in particular is a blessing for us”.

  • Layer 8 Identity-based Bandwidth Controls

    Cyberoam’s Bandwidth Management offers Layer 8 Identity-based bandwidth control, preventing congestion, bandwidth abuse and optimizing bandwidth and delivering higher ROI. Cyberoam’s QoS feature allows Mr. Primuswala to restrict bandwidth usage by implementing bandwidth policies based on User, Firewall Policy, Web Category and Application. Moreover, it helps Mr. Primuswala to create schedules and policies based on the designation and need of the employees. This controls the time in which the staff can have access to the Internet and limits the volume of data which an employee can upload, download or both. Mr. Primuswala said, “Cyberoam’s Bandwidth Management enables us to manage the available bandwidth wisely and efficiently”.

  • To Conclude

    Mr. Primuswala concluded, “Through Cyberoam, we have the confidence of a safe and protected network. The Bandwidth consumption is also under control now, thereby increasing overall productivity”.