Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief , Kenya, East Africa
HIJRA Selects Cyberoam for Secure and Reliable VPN Connectivity
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief, Non Government Organization
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
is a humanitarian organization that aims to
positively contribute towards improving the
living standards and conditions of those
adversely affected by disasters and conflict in
the greater Horn of Africa.
Their initial program components were set-up
and designed to include free food distribution,
food-for-work, and the distribution of Non-Food-Items. Today they work to implement
emergency interventions through short-term resilience focused projects such as
community-based education, water, sanitation,
livelihoods and healthcare services.
HIJRA with the help of their international
partners, has successfully implemented dozens
of lifesaving projects. Projects implemented
over the years include the construction of water
storage and sanitation facilities, pit latrines,
cash relief, distribution of NFI's and the
management/renovation of Healthcare
We were in need for a solution
that would help remote
employees to access all types of
network resources and
information, in a secure way
Mr. Jimmy Barasa
Being a leading and dynamic humanitarian organization, the Internet is used both for
Email communication and Web surfing. In addition, HIJRA’s offices are spread across
the greater Horn of Africa. In a time when the business requirements demand global
presence for HIJRA, the need for mobile and interconnect solution is now more than
“We were in need for a solution that would help remote employees to access all types
of network resources and information, in a secure way”, said Mr. Jimmy Barasa,
IT/Project Officer at HIJRA.
According to Mr. Barasa, the issues that they faced were:
Issues with Remote Access Management and User Accountability
Mr. Barasa said, “We were looking for a solution that could provide us with secure
remote access feature to connect our Branch Offices with the Head Office”. However,
the need was not of a solution that would just provide them with VPN
connectivity but a reliable, secure and threat-free connectivity through VPN. In
addition, the solution should provide efficient user authentication and accountability.
Lack of Web Content Filtering
One of the most worrisome aspects of having Internet in your organization is that the
Internet offers a multitude of opportunities to divert employees’ mind from productive
work to undesired activities like gaming, shopping, social networking, MP3 downloads
and uploads. In addition, not to forget the threat caused by malicious websites and
applications introduced inadvertently while surfing leisure websites.
Bandwidth is a very expensive resource for organizations of all scales. Uncontrolled
and unmonitored surfing and downloading often eats upon the precious and often
limited, network bandwidth. In addition, several applications are particularly bandwidth
hungry, leaving others with insufficient capacity. It is quite clear that lack of proper
bandwidth management may lead to a negative effect of the network performance.
“We were looking for a solution that could help us assign appropriate network
bandwidth to individual users and applications“, said Mr. Barasa.
The Cyberoam Solution
HIJRA was in search of a solution that could
provide them with best in class network security
at lower expenses. After careful evaluation of
all the selected products including Cisco 2900
ISR and GFI Web Monitor, they found
Cyberoam to be a clear winner with its best in
class VPN, User Accounting, Web Filtering and
Bandwidth Management features. They
purchased Two (2) CR 100ia and One (1) CR
50ia appliances and deployed all the
appliances in Gateway mode.
After deploying Cyberoam in the network, the
benefits that they notice are:
- A VPN Feature to Overcome all Remote Access Issues
Cyberoam delivers Any Where, Any Time, Any
Device access with a range of VPN options,
ensuring uninterrupted business operations,
enhanced productivity and lower cost of
operations by minimizing travel and
infrastructure expenses. Cyberoam offers the
option of IPSec VPN, L2TP, PPTP and SSL
VPN over its Next-generation Firewall
appliances. Cyberoam IPSec VPN delivers
secure, encrypted tunnels with high
performance and low bandwidth requirements.
Mr. Barasa has established a secure Site-to-Site VPN connection between the Head Office
in Kenya and the Branch Offices. Cyberoam’s
Authentication, Authorization and Accounting
(AAA) feature allows him to authenticate users
in the Branch Offices from a single location i.e.
Head Office, using AD replication. Mr. Barasa
happily said, “Cyberoam’s VPN solution backed
by its AAA feature is superb. Now user
authorization and accounting issues with
remote access are long gone.”
- Efficient Web and Application Filtering
After successfully integrating Cyberoam with an
AD server, Mr. Barasa has created Identity-based filtering policies to regulate the content
accessed over the Internet.
Cyberoam’s web filter enables him to block
specific websites for specific users, without
interfering with employees’ access to
appropriate sites and their day-to-day work.
Cyberoam’s content filtering database has
more than 100 million sites neatly grouped into
more than 89 categories. The comprehensive
content filtering database helps him avoid
potential legal problems and significant threats
to the organization.
- Network Bandwidth Managed
Mr. Barasa says, “Cyberoam’s bandwidth
management offering is great. The ability to
assign user and application based bandwidth is
really useful for us”.
Cyberoam’s Bandwidth Management offers
Layer 8 Identity-based bandwidth control,
preventing congestion, bandwidth abuse and
optimizing bandwidth and delivering higher
ROI. In addition, Cyberoam’s QoS feature
allows Mr. Barasa to restrict bandwidth usage
by implementing bandwidth policies based on
User, Firewall Policy, Web Category and
Finally yet importantly, the intelligent bandwidth
management can contribute to preventing
Denial of Service (DoS) and other malicious
- To Conclude
“Thanks to Cyberoam, VPN connectivity is now just a few clicks away. Now the
employees can move from one office to the other without any hassle”, said Mr.