Mayfair Casino Nairobi, Kenya, Africa
Cyberoam Assures Security to Mayfair Casino
About Mayfair Casino, Hotels and Resorts

Previously known as Holiday Inn Nairobi, set on 12 acres of landscaped gardens, Mayfair Casino embraces the historically hospitable nature of Kenya to make guests feel right at home. The Holiday Inn Nairobi is nestled in the Suburb areas of Parklands along Parklands Road, 4 Km drive from the city centre. The Casino is conveniently located for the business traveller and offers excellent leisure facilities for the leisure traveller too.

Formerly the Mayfair Court Casino, the establishment is today a charming landmark has been transformed into a comfortable, spacious, modern Casino whilst retaining its distinctive architecture and lush gardens. Facilities include a pool with deck and terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy beverages and light meals from the Oasis Restaurant.

The network covered sensitive information which was under constant threat from spyware and DoS attacks. So they needed a strong Firewall and IPS solution.

Mr. Kambo Gathai
System Administrator
Mayfair Group

Mayfair Casino have its head office at Nairobi. The varied business requirements of Internet are as follows:

  • Research & Development Team: The trained and experienced professionals depend on the Internet to access competitive information and latest industry updates.

  • Confidential Information: Securing the clients’ contractual and confidential data which reside on their network was also a high priority for them. Also, Tourists and travel agents alike turn to the Web as their first source of information on a potential destination for themselves or their clients, and they use email for fast, efficient and inexpensive communication to have their questions answered.

  • Reservations: Given that Mayfair Casino is into hospitality management and Casino operations, internet is used as a crucial tool for bookings used by the patrons. This made them to start creating websites for their Casinos, introducing the online reservation booking system. With a website, their Casino can display their pictures for prospective guests to have a feel of the interior and exterior of the Casino, virtual tours and extensive reviews.

Network Perimeter Defense

Due to multitude of personal data held in Casino IT systems ranging from guest addresses, staff payrolls to customer credit card and bank details, it is vital that Mayfair Casino guarantees the Casino and their guests 100% security for this data. Security breaches cannot be tolerated. The lack of perimeter defense made the network vulnerable to external threats such as Denial-of-service attacks and IP spoofing. Consequently, Mr. Kambo Gathai, the System Administrator at Mayfair Casino wanted a gateway firewall and an IPS solution for first layer protection of the entire network.

Controlling Malware & Spam Numbers

For Mayfair Casino, a regular virus attack in the network, particularly in a fluxed form, would translate into a lot of unwelcomed problems – corrupt files, defaced web pages, PDF, and huge downtime. The spam problem was even more serious as a large number of unwanted mails would crash the server.

Monitoring Website Access

“There are millions of potentially harmful sites harboring illegal or inappropriate content and we needed to ensure that staff and guests connecting to our network would be protected with the most advanced Web filtering technology.” Mr Gathai said.

They needed strong web filtering solutions which could control all Internet access and give informative reports on Internet usage.

Business Continuity Concerns

Continuous Internet connectivity with no breakdown or downtime was the most important requirement for Mayfair Casino. "Mayfair Casino requires load balancing and reliable performance while providing sufficient bandwidth for guests and staff to access web-based resources safely and securely," says Mr. Gathai.

The hotel also wanted secure VPN connectivity for its guests with no interruptions to their work. Internet is relied on heavily to enable remote sites VPN access back to the main office. The primary challenges for Mayfair Casino was to provide access to sensitive data across a more secure and stable VPN and to improve the management reporting on Internet usage and accessibility.

The Cyberoam Solution

In order to address their business challenges, Mayfair Casino looked into a number of security products. Total Solutions is the IT service desk/support provider for Mayfair Casino. On the recommendation of Total Solutions, the hotel took the decision of deploying the Cyberoam appliance – two (2) CR25i and one (1) CR15i in gateway mode at the head office in Nairobi.

The business benefits were as follows:

  • Firewall and Intrusion Prevention

    Cyberoam firewall is ICSA and Checkmark certified - provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and the network resources. Coupled with Intrusion Prevention module, Cyberoam UTM can counter any Denial of Service attack. Mr. Gathai now felt the network is secure.

  • Malware and Spam Free Internet

    Cyberoam’s gateway antivirus and anti spyware features guard all the web and mail protocols and ensure that no malware or spyware sneaks through the perimeter. Recurrent Pattern Detection (RPD) powered signature-less anti spam technology works instantly on deployment, with the least human intervention and is language independent. It blocks spam in any language regardless of the content, e.g. image, audio, video or zip-based spam. The anti spam feature is also equipped with Virus Outbreak Detection. This protects the organization against any zero day attack.

  • Filtering Solution

    Mayfair Casino installed Cyberoam not only to manage Internet access, but to minimize the risk of other web security threats. In addition, they chose Cyberoam to help improve productivity and save network bandwidth. Mayfair Casino uses Cyberoam to block access to specific category of websites. The Cyberoam UTM provides content filtering, as it makes sure no dangerous websites are accessed that could jeopardise the integrity of the client laptops, causing delays and lowering productivity.

    They utilize the Cyberoam’s reporting functionality to help identify hotel’s risk levels for productivity, security and network bandwidth loss trends.

    Cyberoam’s content filtering database has more than 44 million sites neatly categorized into more than 82+ categories. This large number of categories permits a high degree of specificity in designing an hotel’s Internet use policy.

  • Secure Business Connectivity

    Mayfair Casino have multiple ISP links. “Link failures, bandwidth choking results in loss of productivity and thus impacting our business”, Mr. Gathai said.

    Cyberoam’s Multilink Manager feature load balances the traffic and takes care of link failover. This ensures that the network is up and truly utilized for true business use.

    Cyberoam’s IPSec VPN solution bridged the geographical distances between the hotel’s head and branch offices. This now ensures secure inter-office connectivity from any location and use the hotel’s resources. Highly encrypted traffic enforced security over the Internet and ensures that no malware sneaks through.

  • To round it off

    “Cyberoam had proved very useful for our organization. It has helped us to achieve what we desired. In one line we can say - Cyberoam is a rock-hard product with unique features - very easy to set up and manage.” Mr. Gathai concluded.