Gurudeva Institute of Science and Technology, India, Asia
GISAT Relies on Cyberoam UTM for Protection Against Internal and External Threats
About GISAT, Education

Gurudeva Institute of Science and Technology (GISAT) is located in Vennimala, 10 km east of Kottayam town in Kerala. GISAT is founded by the Sree Narayana Guru Trust named after the celebrated saint and philosopher, Sree Narayan Guru. It offers Engineering courses in Civil Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, and Electronics & Communication Engineering.

Constant Internet access exposes our network to various security threats

Mr. Atul V.S
System Administrator

Being an educational institute, Internet is used in GISAT by students and faculty alike for research purposes. GISAT also maintains its website, and provides access of its Library and Information Division material to students over the web. “Constant Internet access exposes our network to various security threats” said Mr. Atul V.S, System Administrator at GISAT. He noticed the following issues regarding network security.

Unaccounted Web Browsing

Although Internet is a tremendous tool for research and communication, it also acted as the biggest distraction to students. In the absence of restrictions on Internet surfing, students were tempted to surf unproductive sites like social networking and gaming sites. Mr. Atul wanted to establish effective measures to control access to the Internet and protect the students from accessing unproductive or dangerous websites. Also, he needed a decent reporting solution that would help him to keep track of internet usage patterns of the students.

Bandwidth Usage Off the Roof

Unmonitored and Illegitimate upload/download of data took a toll on the institute‘s available bandwidth. Mr. Atul sought to keep an eye on and limit its students and staff from accessing unproductive sites involving music, video, gaming and social networking. Uncontrolled and harmful surfing and downloading crippled the education network. Academic-related websites and applications were to be given priority in bandwidth usage.

Malware Menace

Mr. Atul wanted to allow online access to students, faculty and administrators, while simultaneously protecting the network from increasingly complicated malware threats which often took a blended form. “Unrestricted surfing and downloads invited a deluge of malware and spyware”, said Mr. Atul. Such illegitimate and harmful malware strangulated the network‘s bandwidth and, in some extreme cases, even brought the entire network down.

The Cyberoam Solution

Mr. Atul looked through a number of security solutions, searching for one that would fulfil all their needs. After scrutinizing varied solutions, including Fortigate and Netasq, he closed in on Cyberoam. They bought One (1) CR 200i which is deployed in Gateway Mode at their Data Center in Vennimala.

After Cyberoam deployment, the following benefits were seen.

  • Network Periphery Secured

    Cyberoam‘s ICSA and Checkmark - dual certified stateful inspection firewall now stands as an unrelenting sentry at GISAT‘s network gateway. Any unauthorized access is denied at the Gateway itself so there is no scope of illegitimate pilfering of data or harm to internal resources. Students are given controlled access to network and internet resources, ensuring that no security loopholes are left open.

  • Well-Monitored Web Browsing

    Cyberoam allows Mr. Atul to instantly block web sites and enforce acceptable usage policies on students, faculty and other staff alike. Cyberoam has a content filtering database of more than 44 million websites, categorized in 82+ categories. All unauthorized harmful and unproductive content is now safely blocked.

    Furthermore, Cyberoam‘s sophisticated reporting mechanism helps Mr. Atul to perform timely and accurate in-depth assessment of Internet usage patterns. Available reports enable him to modify access policies based on the academic requirements.

  • Bandwidth Usage Under Reins

    Cyberoam allows user-based limit on bandwidth, access time and volume of data transfer. Hence, Mr. Atul can control user behavior on the internet by assigning varying bandwidth to users according to their need, controlling the time in which they can have access to the internet and limiting the volume of data which a user can upload, download or both.

  • Malware Stopped at Gateway

    Cyberoam‘s Gateway Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware solution secures the GISAT network by providing real-time protection against viruses, worms, Trojans, keyloggers, spyware and more on all Internet traffic. According to Mr. Atul, “Having Cyberoam standing guard at our network gateway makes us heave a sigh of relief. It safeguards our network against variants of malware.”

  • To Draw a Close

    Expressing his satisfaction after deployment of Cyberoam in GISAT‘s network, Mr. Atul said,” Cyberoam has given us the best value against money.”