Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation, Australia
Cyberoam Effectively Controls Internet Activities in CMSAC
About CMSAC, Healthcare

The Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (CMSAC) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service which provides health and medical services to the Aboriginal people of Carnarvon, a town situated on the west coast of Australia.

CMSAC, located in the centre of Carnarvon, was established in 1986 and provides primary and secondary health programs and services to the communities of Carnarvon and surrounding areas, which includes Mungullah Community and the Gascoyne Junction Community.

Network security and constant Internet connectivity is placed quite high up in our list of priorities.

Mr. Mark Johnston
IT and System Engineer

“We use Internet for transfer of medical data and communications. Hence, network security and constant Internet connectivity is placed quite high up in our list of priorities”, said Mr. Mark Johnston, IT and System Engineer at CMSAC. According to Mark, they faced the following security issues.

Unrestricted Access to Social Networking

“One of the major problems we faced was wide use of social networking by employees at work”, said Mark. This had an adverse effect on employee productivity. Had there been some restrictions in place, the time that employees spent on social networking and other unproductive sites could otherwise be put to much better use. Also, Mark wanted to block access to any adult, illegitimate or harmful websites that employees tend to “stumble upon accidentally”.

Malware Menace

The threat of malware attacks from viruses, worms, Trojans, etc. kept the CMSAC IT team on their toes. These attacks could culminate into corrupt files, defaced web pages, loss of critical data and system crashes resulting in downtime. Any such kind of an attack would cost CMSAC money, effort, man-hours and, in some cases, even their reputation.

The Cyberoam Solution

Having had a prior good experience with Cyberoam, Mark straightaway decided to employ Cyberoam to deal with the CMSAC‘s Internet security issues. They bought One (1) CR 50ia which is deployed in Gateway Mode at their Data Center.

After Cyberoam deployment, the following benefits were noticed.

  • Perimeter Level Protection

    Cyberoam UTM shields the CMSAC network from outside threats. It‘s ICSA and Checkmark certified firewall provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and network resources. Users are given controlled access to Internet and network resources, ensuring that no security loopholes are left open.

  • Restrictions Imposed upon Internet Surfing

    “With Cyberoam‘s Web and Application Filtering we can tailor filtering policies to suit our needs and eliminate traffic to undesirable websites”, said Mark. Web and Application filtering features make sure that all unproductive or harmful sites, especially social networking sites, are blocked and that there is no breach of data.

    Cyberoam has a constantly updated database of millions of sites divided into 82+ categories which allows access only to those sites which are permitted by IT guidelines. Moreover, Cyberoam‘s identity-based filtering allows assigning of individual user Internet access policy, surfing quota, time limits and bandwidth restrictions.

  • Malware Overpowered at the Gateway

    Cyberoam‘s Checkmark Certified Anti Virus and Anti Spyware prevent entry of malware and spyware at the gateway itself ensuring clean mail traffic and safe web browsing. They provide real-time protection against constantly emerging cyber threats resulting in maximum network uptime.

  • To Conclude

    “We are very pleased with Cyberoam‘s performance. It proved to be quite effective in solving issues related to our network”, said Mark.