Banz Group, Bahrain, Middle East
Cyberoam Deal‘s with Internet Security Challenge for Banz Group
About Banz Group, Logistics & Supply Chain
The BANZ Group started operations in the Kingdom of Bahrain as a privately owned
shareholding company. Conceptually envisaged to be a privately operated project, the
company has grown and diversified to cater to the ever growing needs and demands
across all sectors.
The network covered sensitive information which was under constant threat from spyware and DoS attacks. So they needed a strong Firewall and IPS solution.
Mr. Sunil Chombala
According to Mr Sunil Chombala, the Network Administrator at Banz Group, the company was facing the following security and connectivity challenges related to its business activities.
Basic Perimeter Protection & IPS
The company was looking for a gateway firewall to control Internet traffic and prevent unauthorized access to its sensitive internal resources. DoS attacks were also on the rise. It stopped all genuine activity for days thus depriving employee access to legitimate sites. Therefore, they needed a strong IPS solution which would be capable in retorting these threats.
Reducing Malware and Spam prevalence
Banz Group had no security solution in place. This presented the company with all the normal problems associated with business life, such as viruses resulting in computer network down time; spam taking up necessary network bandwidth and more importantly, undesirable pornographic content directly targeting employees‘ inboxes. Thus they needed to protect its employees from undesirable content. They decided to tackle the issue on by implementing an effective anti-virus and anti-spam solution that detects and removes spam and viruses before they reach the company‘s network thus preventing illegitimate emails ever reaching the inbox.
Banz Group has evolved into an organization with independent networks at remote sites supporting many users. The primary challenges for Banz Group were to provide access to sensitive data across a more secure and stable VPN. Internet is relied on profoundly to allow remote sites VPN access back to the main office.
The Cyberoam Solution
After scouring the market for the correct solution, Banz Group purchased a Cyberoam CR50ia UTM appliance which was deployed in gateway mode at their head office.
Cyberoam UTM adds up with a unique identity-based security solution which protects against insider threats by giving absolute visibility into “Who is doing What” in the network and allows creation of user identity-based policies. Mr. Chombala used Cyberoam‘s Active Directory (AD) facility to achieve the task of integrating Banz Group users in the network through a wizard to trade in users. This ensures only employees are allowed network access, and outsiders are kept at bay.
ICSA and Checkmark - dual certified Cyberoam‘s stateful inspection firewall now cordons
off Banz Group‘s network against any unauthorized access. Banz Group users are given
controlled access to network and internet resources, ensuring that no security loopholes
are left open.
Solving the Spam and Malware Concern
Cyberoam‘s Check Mark Certified anti-virus solution scans the Web surfing (HTTP,
HTTPS, FTP) and mail traffic (SMTP, IMAP, POP3) to ensure that no malware sneaked in.
All FTP transactions are also scanned for total security.
Virtual Private Network Connectivity
Cyberoam‘s IPSec VPN solution bridged the geographical distances between the organization‘s branch and head offices. This now ensures that the user can connect securely from any location and use the organization‘s resources. Highly encrypted traffic enforced security over the Internet and ensures that no malware sneaks through.
"Cyberoam UTM is comprehensive. It not only boosts connectivity and productivity, but it also prevents significant Internet bandwidth wastage,” says Mr. Chombala.”