CIC Insurance Group, Kenya, Africa
Cyberoam Widens Internet Security Cover to Children‘s International School
About CIC Insurance Group, BFSI
The CIC Insurance Group comprises CIC Insurance and CIC Asset Management Ltd.
CIC is the leading provider of micro insurance and other financial services in Kenya. It
has been in operation since the last 33 years. CIC is the market leader in providing
insurance services to the co-operative and low-income market segments in Kenya. As a
composite Insurance company offering a wide range of products such as General
Insurance, life Insurance, pension, medical and Asset management services, CIC now
occupies 3rd position in terms of market share (2010) in the Kenyan Insurance market.
Internet is our primary mode of communication with clients. Hence, safe, uninterrupted Internet connectivity is a must for us
Mr. James Karanja
CIC Insurance Group Ltd
“Internet is our primary mode of communication with clients. Hence, safe, uninterrupted
Internet connectivity is a must for us”, said Mr. James Karanja, Technical Engineer at
CIC Insurance Group Ltd. According to Mr. Karanja, CIC was facing the following
security and connectivity challenges.
Business Continuity Concerns
CIC uses 2 ISP links to ensure continuous connectivity to the Internet. But, at any point of time, only one link used to carry the entire load of the network traffic, while the other remained in standby. In case this link failed, failover had to be performed manually to bring the secondary link up. “The whole failover process caused lots of hassle to the IT team and disruption to the employees‘ work activities”, said Mr. Karanja.
Deluge of Spam
“Every inbox received at least 10-20 Spam mails each day!” exclaimed Mr. Karanja. Spam occupied considerable amounts of available bandwidth and posed as a constant harassment to employees. Again, there was always the possibility of some naive employee falling prey to a Phishing mail. They might click a malware-laden link and open up the entire network to a virus attack.
The Cyberoam Solution
After looking into a number of Internet security solutions, including Checkpoint, CIC zeroed in on Cyberoam. “Cyberoam came with an answer to our woes, and more. As compared to other products, purchasing Cyberoam was all in all a good deal”, said Mr. Karanja. They deployed Two (2) CR 300i in High Availability at their Head Office in Nairobi. They purchased Cyberoam from Ace Micro Services, a partner to Cyberoam.
After installation, they noticed the following benefits.