Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
Cyberoam UTM provides Complete Network Security to ICRC
About Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Infrastructure Investment

ICRC, a Government Regulatory Agency, was established in 2009 in Abuja, Nigeria. Its main goal is to accelerate investment in national infrastructure through private sector funding by assisting the Federal Government of Nigeria and its Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDA) to implement and establish effective Public Private Partnership‘s (PPP) process.

Internet serves as a major resource to most of the organizations and ICRC, being into infrastructure investment, uses Internet to keep a track of the ongoing events, communication and since it is a government organization reaches its addressees via its website.

Pathetic bandwidth availability, constantly reduced Internet speed and an unsecured network had become a usual headache for us, causing abrupt system failures, affecting business benefits, tremendously.

Mr. Adeola Omilade
ICT Manager

Mr. Adeola Omilade, the ICT Manager of ICRC, said, “Pathetic bandwidth availability, constantly reduced Internet speed and an unsecured network had become a usual headache for us, causing abrupt system failures, affecting business benefits, tremendously”.

ICRC faced network security issues related to:

  • Threat of Unwanted Mails

    Mr. Omilade exclaimed, “Out of the total email traffic, an astonishing 30% was Spam. This was indeed a matter of concern for us!” The employees had to spend a considerable amount of time deleting these unwanted mails, resulting in productivity loss. Hence Mr. Omilade wanted to put a full stop for any kind of Spam which caused a threat to the network security.

  • Malware- A Pain in the Neck

    ICRC wanted to keep all sorts of malware attacks at bay as they could lead to a lot of unwelcome problems such as corrupt files, loss of vital data and system crashes resulting in network downtime. Mr. Omilade said, “We noticed that most of the attacks arose by accessing unauthorized websites containing malware”.

  • Unbridled Web Access

    Mr. Omilade wanted his employees to fully concentrate on work and turn them away from accessing unproductive websites. He said, “We have known that many employees get diverted from their tasks by social networking sites, music and such other entertainment-related websites”. Due to this productivity was affected and bandwidth was also unduly utilized.

  • No Inter-Office Connectivity

    Mr. Omilade said, “We had no VPN connectivity to connect our remote users”. Hence it was very difficult for the remote users to communicate and access resources.
The Cyberoam Solution

ICRC explored the market to meet their business challenges. Having considered various products like Cisco PIX and Microsoft ASA, and having seen a demo of Cyberoam, choosing it needed no double thoughts, as it was the best. They then deployed Two (2) CR 300i appliances at the Head Office at Abuja in Gateway Mode.

The business benefits are:

  • Identity-based Security

    Cyberoam UTM is equipped with a unique identity-based security solution that enables ICRC to get complete visibility of user activities in the network, thus protecting against insider threats. Mr. Omilade said, “We integrated Cyberoam with our Active Directory to include the ICRC users with the network”. This feature helps him to create policies for scheduling and controlling Web and Application access, and monitoring the activities based on identity of the users rather than IP Address.

    Mr. Omilade said, “We had a seamless experience working with this feature”.

  • Firewall - Securing the Network Periphery

    Cyberoam Firewall is ICSA and Check Mark Level 5 Certified and provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and network resources. It offers deep packet inspection for network and application based security protecting the organizations from DoS, DDoS and IP Spoofing attacks. It also provides a Fusion technology that enables administrators to create network security and access control policies for multiple features through a single interface.

    Mr. Omilade said, “Cyberoam Firewall blocks the traffic containing attacks at the perimeter itself, thereby preventing it from entering the network”.

  • Freedom from Unwanted Mails

    Cyberoam‘s Check Mark Level 5 certified Anti-Spam solution provides Spam detection rate of over 98% and false positive rate of 1 in 1 million. This ensures that legitimate mails reach safely to employee‘s inboxes while Spam is kept at bay leading to minimal business loss. In addition, the Recurrent Pattern Detection (RPD) technology which is content and language independent, offers real-time protection from the very first moment a new outbreak emerges.

    After deploying Cyberoam Mr. Omilade said, “Thanks to Cyberoam that has controlled Spam emails to a great extent, leading to a clean mailbox”.

  • Controlled Malware

    Cyberoam‘s Gateway Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware solution scans the web, email and VPN traffic protecting against malware including viruses, spyware, worms, keyloggers and Trojans. In addition, the anti-virus blocks attachments for specified file types like executables, media files and password-protected attachments before these threats enter and destroy the network.

    Mr. Omilade said, “Cyberoam‘s Gateway Anti-Virus ensures that no malware slips into the network by any means”.

  • Bridled Web Access

    Cyberoam‘s Web Filtering solution, offers a comprehensive database of 82+ web categories ensuring that no employee can access inappropriate or harmful content like pornography, violence etc. Moreover its Identity-based control helps ICRC to assign schedule and level of access to users based on their designation and role for surfing the web. In addition, HTTPS scanning controls unauthorized secure access, thereby preventing data leakage.

    Mr. Omilade said, “Using Cyberoam‘s Web Filtering solution we have achieved total control on employee web access”.

  • Secure Inter-Office Connectivity

    Cyberoam offers the option of IPSec, L2TP, PPTP and SSL VPN to connect remote users to the head office. Its Threat-Free Tunnelling Technology scans all VPN traffic and ensures that no malware and intrusions enter the network. Its road warrior connectivity enables the mobile users to securely access resources from anywhere.

    Mr. Omilade said, “Cyberoam‘s VPN solution has increased efficiency, flexibility and automation of ICRC significantly”.

  • To Sum Up

    Mr. Omilade said, “Cyberoam is a very effective product and has definitely lived up to its cost effectiveness and expectation in terms of ROI”.