Asian Granito India Limited India, Asia
Asian Granito India Limited relies on a Real Security Authority: Cyberoam
About Asian Granito India Limited, Manufacturing

Asian Granito is one of the largest ISO 9001 Certified vitrified tiles manufacturers in India. They have two state-of-the-art manufacturing plants, technically collaborated with SACMI, ITALY, the world class leader in ceramic technology. They have extensive network of business associates, 250 distributors, more then 3500 retail counters and 19 depots in all over India.

Supported by vast man power along with mind power, Asian Granito possesses the strength of over 4000 business associates spread across the nation. Asian is all set to reach the goal of supplying world class product, through a network of 19 depots with display centers & ultra modern plant in the ceramic zone of Sabarkantha, Gujarat, spread over an area of 320,000 Sq. Mtr. and production capacity of five plants is 65000 Sq. Mtr. Per day.

Their Vision is to be a leader in Ceramic industry, to remain as Innovative Global Leader and to uphold quality at every stage and maintain consistency to win the trust of their Valued Customers Worldwide.

Internet is used to provide access to mail communications. As internet is a business enabler resource, its access needs to be well regulated and logged.

DoS attacks and attacks by Botnets bombarded the organization‘s network with bogus requests and overwhelmed the network. Therefore, they needed a strong Firewall and IPS solution which would be capable in retorting these threats.

Mr. Sanjiv Joshi
Manager - IT
Asian Granito India Limited

Elucidating about the organization‘s Internet security requirements Mr. Sanjiv Joshi, Manager - IT of Asian Granito India Limited said, “We needed a solution that would control unproductive and harmful surfing.”

In summary, Asian Granito India Limited was looking for a single box solution that would offer:

Perimeter Defense & IPS

The first step to perimeter defense is a firewall. The organization needed a robust solution that provides access control over its Internet traffic. The firewall should protect Asian Granito‘s network against any attacks launched from within or without the organization. DoS attacks were also on the rise. These types of attacks by Botnets and other sophisticated attacks bombard the organization‘s network with bogus requests and overwhelmed the network. This stopped all genuine activity thus hampering employee productivity. Therefore, they needed a strong Firewall and IPS solution which would be capable in retorting these threats.

Spam-free Email Traffic

Unsolicited e-mail, more commonly known as spam is a rising and complex problem. High bulk of spam mails ate a lot of precious bandwidth. So they needed to stop them at the gateway. Anyone could send you an e-mail you wouldn't want to receive so determining which e-mail you definitely would not want to accept can be tricky. The organization was concerned that employee productive time was being wasted in deleting spam messages and frequently checking for false positives. Also, the spam mails spiked with malware intended to sabotage the organization network from within. Traditional spam filters were ineffective as the spammer changes the contents, format, type and language of a spam mail. So, they were looking for an anti-spam solution with high spam catch rate which would scan mails across all protocols including SMTP, POP3 and IMAP and keep false positive rate low.

Protection against Malware

In the absence of gateway antivirus, users surfing the Web are constantly exposed to the danger of malware infestation.

The organization was especially concerned about the possibility of their network being made vulnerable to further attacks through accidental visits to malware-laden website/blog pages or unsafe downloads. These malware enters the gateway in the form of mail traffic, unsafe data transfer, and unsafe surfing as well as browsing. These attacks had the potential to modify productive documents and knock down significant data. Simple routine activities were often hampered when such malware did infiltrate the system. As a result the productivity suffered.

A boundary level anti-virus solution was required that would protect the network, scan and clean any malware or spyware over Web mail and scan all Web traffic to ensure the contents‘ sanctity.

Control over Internet-Based Applications

In the absence of a Web content filtering solution, the employees wasted precious productive time in unproductive surfing and chatting. In many instances, unbridled and un-audited surfing, downloads, P2P usage and Instant Messaging applications ate into the precious bandwidth that powered the business critical applications. The organization needed to know who was accessing what sites and as such needed a content filtering solution that could provide audit data for users‘ online behaviour. Asian Granito sought an Internet filtering solution that would not only save bandwidth, but also help increase productivity and best serve the company‘s bottom line. “We needed a solution that would enable us to cut back on bandwidth usage and costs, rather than create new expenses” adds Mr. Joshi.

Business Continuity Concerns

One major issue was the connectivity problem. "If Internet was down our business activities would come to a halt," Mr. Joshi said. To avoid a single point of failure, multiple locations had multiple ISP links. So, multiple ISP links load balancing, and failover is also a critical need.

The Cyberoam Solution

Formerly, Asian Granito‘s gateway was protected through a Sonicwall UTM appliance but they matched the minimum communication expectations. The hunt was on for a new appliance which would meet all their requirements with high performance and that too at the same price.

After a detailed search in the market, Asian Granito India Limited replaced their existing Sonicwall appliance with Cyberoam UTM. They purchased One (1) CR100ia which was deployed at their Head office in Ahmedabad and One (1) CR50ia which was deployed at their plant in Himatnagar. All the appliances are deployed in Gateway mode.

The business benefits were as follows:

  • Guarding the Network Periphery and Stopping Intrusion

    Cyberoam firewall is ICSA and Checkmark certified. It uses user‘s identity, IP address, MAC address, service and time as decision parameters. This matrix provides unparalleled flexibility to the administrator to create firewall rules for access control to various network resources. Mr. Joshi also used default IPS policies to identify and prevent any potential DoS attacks. Stable Internet connectivity, unclogged network and reduced loss of data packets now prevent wastage of valuable working hours.

  • Spam Control

    Cyberoam‘s Gateway anti-spam feature enables the organization to filter out all their mails over SMTP, POP3 and IMAP protocols and automatically detect, tag, quarantine and block spam. Cyberoam‘s Gateway Anti-Spam solution has a spam catch rate of over 98% and absorbs a large portion of junk mails at Asian Granito with its IP reputation filters before they hit the mail servers. At the next level, Cyberoam‘s RPD-based content-agnostic anti-spam solution offers protection against foreign characters and image-based spam with almost no cases of false positives.

    Finally, Cyberoam‘s Virus Outbreak Detection (VOD) feature automatically detects and block any new malware attacks emerging from emails and protects the organization against any zero day attack.

  • Cutting-edge Virus Protection

    Cyberoam UTM drastically brought down the high incidence of virus attacks, at Asian Granito India Limited. It provides real-time protection against all spyware/malware, including viruses, worms, spyware, backdoors, Trojans, key-loggers and more. Cyberoam‘s traditional signature-based Anti-Virus has been found by the organization as the best defense for such attacks, thereby safeguarding their extended networks.

  • Effective Filtering

    The Web is a critical research resource for Asian Granito‘s people. While trusting its employees to conscientiously balance their use of the Internet for work, Asian Granito nevertheless recognized its responsibility to both ensure the productive use of this valuable resource, and to provide a safe online working environment.

    Cyberoam's granular controls filter out bandwidth-intensive downloads such as streaming media and Internet video thus reducing unproductive burden on the bandwidth. This ensures that the employees were always productively focused.

    Cyberoam‘s content filtering database has more than 44 million sites neatly categorized into more than 82 categories. With identity and time as additional parameters, Mr. Joshi has granular control flexibility in implementing the Company‘s strict policy of content access over the Internet. Mr. Joshi continues, “In addition, we‘re able to set up policies for different work groups. Cyberoam makes it easy for us to set up policies based on specific job requirements within our organization.”

    All harmful and unproductive surfing is blocked. No P2P or Instant Messenger application is allowed to be downloaded or used within Asian Granito.

  • Business Continuity Restored

    Cyberoam supports more than two WAN links. Here in Asian Granito, multiple ISP links were load balanced ensuring business continuity as per Mr. Joshi‘s requirements.

    The link failover feature ensures that in case of a link failure, another one takes over automatically to ensure total business connectivity. The level of reliability is simply awesome.

  • Reporting

    Cyberoam also came with the added bonus - its inbuilt reporting functionally. The user‘s internet activity could be closely monitored, with any compromising activity being stopped and an alert being sent to both the user and the administrator.

    In short, “We are satisfied, completely with Cyberoam UTM,” Mr. Joshi said.

  • To Conclude

    Key to its selection was Cyberoam‘s proven scalability, as well as the sophistication built into the base-line product. “Cyberoam is a great fit for us,” said Mr. Joshi. “It was so easy to install and use, and has given us immediate and automatic firm-wide protection from the constantly evolving malicious element on the Web. The Cyberoam appliance blended seamlessly into the existing network without much ado.”