Children‘s International School, Lagos, Nigeria Africa
Cyberoam Widens Internet Security Cover to Children‘s International School
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
ICT Head
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.