Children‘s International School, Lagos, Nigeria
Cyberoam Widens Internet Security Cover to Children‘s
About Children‘s International School (ICT), Education
Founded in 2003, the Children's International School is one of the leading providers of
Primary and Secondary education in Lagos, Nigeria. There are currently approximately 400
pupils on role, including 65 in the secondary section. The school is multi-denominational
and serves both the international and local communities, teaching the National Curriculum
in preparation for IGCSEs.
They offer a rich, diverse and stimulating extra-curricular programme that would appeal to
most of their students. The school operates from three buildings housing the educational
blocks and administrative offices, and is situated in the heart of Lekki with enviable facilities,
unrivalled by any other international primary school in Lagos.
Internet research has come to be recognized as an essential study tool in all higher
education courses in developed countries. They can bring a whole world of information to
the students. That information can involve students more in learning, making them active
learners and involve in outreach projects with the real world. They can also help teachers
and administrators cope with the rising pace of their professions today
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. Eviano Afiemo
Children‘s International School
According to Mr. Eviano Afiemo, ICT Head, the school was facing the following security and
connectivity challenges related to its academic activities.
Safeguarding the Network Periphery & Impregnable Intrusion Preventions Ability
The school‘s gateway at the head office covered student information, training programs,
uploading of school-year subjects, grades, fees, as well as planning and changes for the
next school years. These sensitive information were under constant threat from spyware,
and DoS attacks and many more. It was also significant to put a stop to any incident of
communication loss or data tampering due to earwigging attacks from outsiders.
Regulating Surfing Behaviour
The easy access to the Internet ensures that every child touches a computer every day.
This also brings about security problems as students are becoming more tech savvy.
With a diverse group of Internet users, it was impossible for the IT staff at ICT to set
different Internet permission levels. Realizing that faculty and staff sometimes needed to
view Websites that students didn‘t need to access such as YouTube, or Yahoo! Video, Mr.
Eviano Afiemo decided to look for a Web filtering solution.
“We needed to quickly find a solution that would allow us to easily keep track of the sites
visited by the students and staff as well as securely protect our students, faculty and staff
from unwanted Websites.”, said Mr. Eviano Afiemo.
The Cyberoam Solution
ICT looked into a number of security in order to address their business challenges. The
search was on for an appliance which would take care of their all above requirements. So
they felt that Cyberoam was the apparent choice. The school then deployed One (1) CR
200i at the Lagos in their head office in Gateway mode.
The business benefits were as follows
- User Integration
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. Eviano Afiemo used Cyberoam‘s
Active Directory (AD) facility to achieve the task of integrating ICT‘s users in the network
through a wizard to trade in users.
- Firewall & Intrusion Prevention
“They have student records that contain a great deal of private information related to
scholarships, and other data. We also have to safeguard our own business assets,
administrative records, and financial information.” says Mr. Eviano Afiemo.
Cyberoam firewall is ICSA and Checkmark certified - provides granular access controls
over Internet traffic and the network resources. Coupled with Intrusion Prevention
module, Cyberoam UTM can counter any Denial of Service attack. Mr. Eviano Afiemo
now felt the network is secure.
- Browsing Check Accomplished
Prior to Cyberoam deployment, there was no control on sites visited by ICT‘s students
and staff. However, all that changed with Cyberoam‘s Web filtering feature which
ensures protection from inappropriate and insecure Web content, including phishing and
other malware-loaded sites.
Cyberoam‘s constantly updated database of millions of sites is divided into 82+
categories which includes pornography, P2P, entertainment and job search. By
customizing student‘s identity-based policies, the administrator provides selective
Internet access and surfing rights based on the students and staff‘s working needs. “I
can now prioritize the organization‘s bandwidth usage as per business requirements
with more effective controls on which student consumes how much bandwidth (upload
and download limits) during any time of the day”, said. Mr. Eviano Afiemo. This helped
the school in controlling the student behavior on the Internet.
- Superior Reporting
Cyberoam‘s reporting feature gives summary of what the students are up to in the
network, including fruitless sites visited, time spent on each site. According to Mr.
Eviano Afiemo, this has led to increased efficiency as the staff & students know that
they are being monitored or restricted from accessing blocked sites.
“In simpler words, I can say that Cyberoam UTM is just like a big single bunch of pack of
security features.” said. Mr. Eviano Afiemo.