Istanbul Film Studios Banks on Cyberoam for its Security
About Istanbul Film Studios, Entertainment
"TEM" and "ATA", the largest and most comprehensive rings of the chain merged
under the name of Istanbul Film Studios, are at the service for 24/7 in order to generate
visual and audio arts in the best way and with the highest quality.
Equipped with all necessary technical installations, their studios are laid over 43500 m2
open space. Besides these, they provide a working environment in a size that pushes
the limits for the productions including all movie and photograph branches designed at
19 sets varying between 225-1687 m2 in closed spaces of 13000 m2 and 4500 m2.
Therefore, these studios hosted lots of attractive productions such as full-length films,
video clips, TV Shows, series, commercials and photographs in Turkey and they
proved their work pace with a momentum increasing day by day.
The network covered sensitive
information which was under
constant threat from spyware and
attacks. So they needed a strong
Mr. Yilmaz Ayan
Istanbul Film Studios
Explaining the security and access control needs, Yilmaz Ayan, I.T. Manager at the
Istanbul Film Studios outlined the basic requirement saying “We needed a solution
which would provide solution to our major security concerns and that too all in a single
The concerns are numbered below.
- Shielding the Network Edge
“Istanbul old firewall appliance used to collapse and re-start. Also memory usage was
very high so we were losing our connections frequently. We were also not able to take
action against those problems fast enough.” said Mr. Ayan.
The Istanbul‘s network basically comprised of business secrets, confidential data such
as very critical blue-prints for the next or current projects, films, and scripts, story board
with no focused gateway security sketch. Therefore, they needed a strong Firewall
solution which would be proficient in retorting these threats.
- Controlling Surfing Practices
Unmanaged Internet access presents many challenges and introduces unnecessary
risk. With unmanaged internet access, employees were distracted by non-work related
or unproductive activities.
Also, the use of bandwidth- intensive applications such as streaming media or the
downloading of music or videos by all employees at the same time would slow or shut
down entire networks. Installing a content filtering and bandwidth management solution
can eliminate these problems.
- VPN Connectivity
Istanbul has evolved into an studio with independent networks at remote sites
supporting hundreds of users. The primary challenges for Istanbul were to provide
access to sensitive data across a more secure and stable VPN.
The Cyberoam Solution
In order to address their challenges, Mr. Ayan looked into a number of security
products. However, after seeing a trial demo of Cyberoam, they took the decision of
deploying the Cyberoam appliance - one (1) CR200i at the head office and one (1)
CR100ia at the branch office. All the appliances are deployed in gateway mode.
The business benefits are as follows:
Cyberoam firewall is ICSA and Checkmark certified - provides granular access controls
over Internet traffic and the network resources. It inspects content in network packets to
ensure that unauthorized traffic does not pass into or out of the intranet.
Istanbul‘s users are given controlled access to network and internet resources, ensuring
that no security loopholes are left open.
- Web Content Filtering
Cyberoam‘s 82+ category tough Web Content filtering technology kept the
organization‘s internet resources effectively focused. The Content filtering feature
makes sure that all P2P and Instant Messengers are blocked and that there is no
breach of data. Cyberoam helps manage employee access to websites, minimizing lost
time on the internet, and lowering operating costs. It also helps enforce internet usage
policies based on bandwidth needs to prevent business losses and other issues that
result from limited access to mission-critical applications.
- VPN Connectivity
Mr. Ayan needed to extend business operations at branch and remote sites by fully
protecting their internal systems and assuring the availability of centralized network
The CR200i appliance deployed at the Head Office was used to ensure IPSec VPN
connectivity along with the Cyberoam appliances at branches. This allowed remote
office users to seamlessly access their work without any worries of breakdown in
Internet traffic. Threat-free Tunneling (TFT)-driven VPN ensures that all such traffic is
securely encrypted and no malware sneaks through it.
- To Enclose
“Cyberoam is just another switch or security device which visibly adds value to our Film
Studio. Its features make Cyberoam to be among the top recommended solution for any
organization”, said Mr. Ayan.