Maridive & Oil Services, Egypt, Middle East
Maridive & Oil Services Relies on Cyberoam as a Competent Cyber Security Provider
About Maridive & Oil Services, Marine and Oil Services

Maridive Group was established in 1978 in Port Said as a Free Zone Joint Stock Company specializing in integrated marine and offshore oil services. They are one of the largest companies and a pioneer in providing offshore marine and oil support services in the Middle East, North Africa, Mediterranean, West Africa, Caspian Sea, Arabian Gulf, India, Far East and South American regions.

Maridive & Oil Services (MOS), being in the marine services, require Internet for browsing, communications and other administrative purposes.

Since, Internet helps us immensely in our day-to-day activities, its non-stop availability and security had to be taken care of.

Mr. Magdy Ahmed Elhifny
IT Manager
Maridive & Oil Services

Mr. Magdy Ahmed Elhifny, the IT Manager at MOS said, “Since, Internet helps us immensely in our day-to-day activities, its non-stop availability and security had to be taken care of”.

The security issues they faced were:

Unsecured Network Fringe from Hackers

Mr. Elhifny stated, “Our network contained sensitive data like tenders, projects, accounts, employee details, etc which was under constant threat from DoS, IP Spoofing, Man-in-the-Middle and other network attacks. Also, we faced many attacks from hackers who tried to intrude into our servers.” Hence, while thinking about the security of network infrastructure, he was worried that even a single successful intrusion could lead to intolerable consequences for their business.

Unfiltered Emails

Out of the total Emails received in the network, a major amount was Spam. This was annoying, as the employees had to look into each Email individually and take action accordingly. At times, on clicking malicious links present in the mails, hidden malwares sneaked into the network unsuspectingly, leading to unnecessary hassles. These mails also overloaded the server, resulting into bandwidth congestion. As a result, time, energy, productivity and bandwidth all were adversely affected. Mr. Elhifny said, “The Spam mails received along with legitimate Emails were not filtered, causing hassles for all.”

The Cyberoam Solution

MOS searched the market for a dependable solution which could solve their above concerns. Then finally their search ended on Cyberoam and they purchased Two (2) Appliances, One (1) CR25i and One (1) CR100iNG. Both the appliances are deployed in Gateway Mode at Alexandria branch office.

The benefits noticed after deploying Cyberoam are:

  • Powerful and Secured Network Fringe

    Cyberoam’s ICSA and Check Mark Certified Firewall, provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and network resources. Users are given controlled access to network and the Internet resources, ensuring that no security loopholes are left open.

    With a comprehensive database of 4500+ IPS signatures, Cyberoam’s Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) protects MOS’s network from spoofing, DoS and DDoS attacks in addition to keyloggers and Trojans. It also provides signature updating facility that updates the signatures regularly and provides zero-hour protection against latest attacks.

    Mr. Elhifny said, “Cyberoam has made us tension free from hackers and threats that can invade our network’s privacy and steal our confidential data”.

  • Filtered Emails Keeping Spam and Malware at Bay

    Cyberoam’s Check Mark Level 5 certified Anti-Spam solution provides Spam detection rate of over 98% and false positive rate of 1 in 1.5 million. This ensures that genuine mails reach safely to employee’s inboxes while Spam is kept at bay, leading to minimal business loss. This feature also offers IP based filtering solution that blocks the source delivering the spam Emails. In addition, the RPD technology which is content and language agnostic, offers real-time protection from the very first moment a new outbreak emerges.

    Further, Cyberoam’s Gateway Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware solution offers web, Email and Instant Messaging security against malware, including viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and key loggers. Email, Web and VPN traffic is also scanned for malware. It also blocks attachments for specified file types like executables, media files, password-protected files etc. before any malware affects the network.

    After deploying Cyberoam, Mr. Elhifny said, “With Cyberoam at our gateway, the number of Spam and malware attacks has reduced significantly, leading to clean and safe network”.

  • Safe Surfing Practice

    Cyberoam’s Web Filtering solution provides a database of 89+ categories with the help of which Mr. Elhifny can prevent the employees from accessing unproductive and harmful websites. Cyberoam’s Application Filtering blocks all P2P, IMs, illegal audio, video, streaming media and other bandwidth-intensive download. Moreover, Cyberoam with its identity-based filtering, allows the administrator to create schedules and assign the Internet access policies to individual users based on a certain criteria.

    Mr. Elhifny said, “Cyberoam’s Web and Application Filtering has enabled us to create customized policies and filter the unwanted contents of websites, leading to increase in productivity”.

  • To Conclude

    Mr. Elhifny said, expressing his satisfaction towards the product, “Cyberoam’s efficient features have met all our concerns, making itself worth further recommendation.”