, UAE, Middle East
Cyberoam Safeguards the Caracal Network from Cyber
About Caracal, Manufacturing
Caracal International, based in UAE, is a small arms brand which offers a complete
range of small arms solutions. It was officially launched during the International Defence
Exhibition, IDEX 2007 in Abu Dhabi. Caracal International is the creator of the
celebrated Caracal pistols.
Beginning in 2003, a team of leading European weapon designers, in cooperation with
UAE professional weapons users, developed a range of modern pistols incorporating a
high content of innovative solutions, protected by internationally registered patents and
verified successfully through independent tests.
The final products, i.e., the Caracal F and C 9mm pistols, were subjected to gruelling
tests, carried out by the Federal German Armed Forces Testing House WTD91 in
Meppen, Germany. These included metallurgic and composite analysis, functional
fitness-for-purpose and quality evaluation, endurance firing, environmental exposure,
safety and accuracy tests. The Caracal comprehensively passed and now is compliant
with the NATO D14 test criteria, along with that of the German TA Police Standard and
the Federal Armed Forces Technical Purchasing standard.
The Caracal F and C 9mm pistols were introduced to the international small arms world
during the IDEX 2007, which also marked the launch of Caracal International.
Internet acts as one of our most
critical resources as most of our
communication with customers is
directed via emails
Mr. Shafin Akbar
Sr. Network and
“Internet acts as one of our most critical resources as most of our communication with
customers is directed via emails”, said Mr. Shafin Akbar, Sr. Network & System
Administrator at Caracal. Like any other organization, Caracal uses Internet as the
primary mode of communication as well as for other business activities.
According to Mr. Akbar, Caracal was facing the following network security issues.
Vulnerable Network Perimeter
“We were in search of an Advanced Firewall that would protect our network from the
constantly evolving cyber threats”, said Mr. Akbar. He wanted to protect the Caracal
network from hacking, remote exploits, Denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and other
unpredictable attacks. Also, he wanted to minimize the chances of unauthorized,
external sources gaining visibility of the network‘s internal resources through Phishing
Unrestricted Internet Usage
Another requirement of Mr. Akbar was to rein in the Internet usage of employees. He
wanted to deter users from accessing unproductive, harmful and malware-laden
websites which distract employees and expose the network to various attacks.
Uploading/downloading of streaming media, which occupied precious bandwidth, also
needed to be restricted.
Insecure Remote Connectivity
Certain employees like senior management and other officials needed to be given
secure remote access to internal network resources even when they are not on-site.
This would encourage flexible working culminating into improved sales and
The Cyberoam Solution
After scouring the market for a suitable network security solution, Mr. Akbar decided to
entrust Cyberoam with securing the Caracal network. They deployed One (1) CR 50ia
at their Head Office in Abu Dhabi in Gateway Mode. They purchased Cyberoam from
Cosmos Computer Co LLC, a partner to Cyberoam. After Cyberoam installation, Mr.
Akbar noticed the following business benefits.
- Network Perimeter Secured
Cyberoam‘s ICSA and Checkmark certified firewall provides granular access controls
over Internet traffic and the network resources. It examines each data packet to
determine whether it should be permitted to travel to the internal LAN or discarded at
the gateway itself. Coupled with Intrusion Prevention module, Cyberoam UTM can
counter any Denial of Service attack. With a comprehensive database of 4000+ IPS
signatures, Mr. Akbar now feels that their network is well protected from several
variants of spyware attacks, spoofing and DoS attacks in addition to keyloggers,
Trojans and more.
- Web Surfing Controlled
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 of the organization. The content filtering blocks all malware-laden sites,
P2P, Instant Messengers, illegal audio, video, streaming media and other bandwidthintensive download. Phishing and Pharming sites are no longer a cause of concern.
Moreover, Cyberoam‘s identity-based filtering allows assigning of individual user
Internet access policy, surfing quota, time limits and bandwidth restrictions.
- Remote Connectivity Safeguarded
Cyberoam‘s SSL VPN facilitates secured remote access of network resources by the
management even when they are not in the premises. Secure connectivity to the local
network from any location, anytime facilitates flexible working. Highly encrypted traffic
enforces security over the Internet and ensures that no malware sneaks through.
- To Wind Up
Expressing his satisfaction with Cyberoam, Mr. Akbar said, “Cyberoam is a powerpacked all-in-one UTM device that gives complete ROI.”