Elenco Emirates Group, UAE, Middle East
Cyberoam Ensures Stable Remote Connectivity among Elenco
Emirates Group of Companies
About Elenco Emirates Group, Conglomerate
Elenco Emirates Group (EEG) is the premier parent group comprising of Elenco
General Trading, Elenco General Contracting, Electrical Centre, Insulco Emirates
and Elenco Emirates Group Factory.
The group focuses on diversified interests in the trading and installation of
Kitchen and Laundry Equipments, Home Appliances, Electrical Equipments, execution
of Maintenance and Engineering projects and Insulation. The individual entities of the
group are leaders in the U.A.E industry with a proven track of offering quality and
reliable products and services with competitive spirits. The group's clientele include
various Government Ministries, Major Oil Companies, Defence Sector, Hotels and
Major Private Organizations.
Most of our business and
communication activities are
mediated by Internet
Mr. Devassy Jose Tharakan
Group IT Manager
Elenco Emirates Group
“Most of our business and communication activities are mediated by Internet”, said Mr.
Devassy Jose Tharakan, Group IT Manager at EEG. They use Internet for
communications via emails, file sharing and application access. They host a number of
applications in their internal web servers, access to which is given to all branches,
partners and customers via Internet on Citrix Platform.
Mr. Tharakan realized that although Internet is such an important resource, it could be
the source of maximum security breaches in the EEG network. He noticed the following
loopholes in their network.
Inefficient Bandwidth Utilization
“We could not effectively utilize the available bandwidth”, said Mr. Tharakan. Load
Balancing was poor and there wasn‘t any accountability on Internet usage. Congested
bandwidth was disrupting critical business functions. Unrestricted web-surfing resulted
in consuming most of the bandwidth leaving little room for legitimate activities.
Business Continuity Concerns
Mr. Tharakan desired secure and stable VPN connectivity with other subsidiaries of
EEG as well as branches. Furthermore, EEG has certain mobile users who need to
access the company‘s resources remotely. It was a matter of concern for Mr. Tharakan
to provide such users access to sensitive company data over VPN.
Mr. Tharakan wanted an effective firewalling solution that would control Internet traffic
and provide a level of protection against network-based attacks. He wanted to minimize
the chances of outsiders gaining visibility of internal network resources through
Phishing, Pharming, hacking, remote exploits, Denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and
other unpredictable attacks.
The Cyberoam Solution
After searching the market for a security solution that would fulfil their requirements,
Mr. Tharakan decided that Cyberoam is most suitable to their needs. They bought
Five (5) Cyberoam Appliances from Cyberoam Partner, Cosmos Computer Co LLC.
The locations at which these appliances are deployed are given in the table below. All
appliances are deployed in Gateway Mode.
||Elenco Emirates Group Head Office, Abu Dhabi
||Elenco Emirates Group Factory, ICAD - Mussafah
After deployment, Mr. Tharakan noticed the following improvements.
- Identity-based Security
Cyberoam‘s unique identity-based security protects against outside as well as insider
threats by giving full visibility of user activities in the network. It precisely monitors
“Who is doing What”. This feature allows creation of identity-based policies. Mr.
Tharakan used Local Authentication to create user identities for all employees and
then created extensive identity-based policies. He divided users into appropriate
groups and applied policies according to the requirements of each group. “Thanks to
Cyberoam‘s Identity-based security, I am able to manage all users very well”, he said.
- Cyberoam Firewall – A Barricade of Fire
Cyberoam‘s ICSA and Checkmark certified firewall provides granular access controls
over Internet traffic and the network resources. This helps to determine if a data
packet should be permitted or discarded through the firewall to the internal LAN.
Coupled with Intrusion Prevention module, Cyberoam UTM can counter any Denial of
Service attack. With a comprehensive database of 4000+ IPS signatures, Mr.
Tharakan now feels that data of the organization is well protected from several
variants of spyware attacks, spoofing and DoS attacks in addition to keyloggers,
Trojans and more.
- Optimized Internet Usage
Cyberoam‘s Web and Application Filter allows Mr. Tharakan to create user/group
based web and application access policies. Each user is given only that much access
as is required in his work, while other unproductive sites are kept out of bounds. “With
the help of Cyberoam, we are able to increase the overall productivity of our
employees”, said Mr. Tharakan.
Also, Cyberoam‘s Bandwidth Management solution solved EEG‘s earlier issues with
bandwidth scarcity for business-critical applications. Bandwidth Management offers
Identity-based bandwidth control, preventing congestion, bandwidth abuse and
optimizing bandwidth. Mr. Tharakan can now prioritize the organization‘s bandwidth
usage as per business requirements with more effective controls on which user
consumes how much bandwidth (upload and download limits) during any time of the
- Business Continuity Upheld
Cyberoam UTM‘s VPN solution provides secure VPN connectivity to remote offices as
well as mobile users. Hence, it dealt with Mr. Tharakan‘s requirement of providing
stable and secure access to the company‘s network to remote users. Cyberoam
ensures that the user can connect securely from any location and use the resources.
Threat-free Tunneling technology in the VPN ensures that all the traffic is scanned for
malware and encrypted.
“Cyberoam has been successful in meeting all our requirements and more. Honestly,
we feel that we were 100% right in choosing Cyberoam”, said Mr. Tharakan.