NAFT Services Company Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Asia
Cyberoam UTM Secures the Network of NAFT Services Company
About NAFT Services Company, Clientele Servicing
NAFT is a gas station operating company in Saudi Arabia founded in 1987. NAFT distributes petroleum products and services within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. NAFT is part of an international group of companies owned by Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al Amoudi and managed by MIDROC Holdings. They are recognized for the exceptional quality and reliability of its products and services. Naft Services Company is one of the leading service station chains in Saudi Arabia. Their mission is to offer wider variety of services being present in all major cites of Saudi Arabia.
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. Mohammed Imthiyaz Haniffa
Business System Administrator
NAFT Services Company
The company was facing the following security and connectivity challenges related to its business activities.
Protecting the Network Periphery & Tough IPS
The NAFT’s network basically comprised of web and mail servers and project with no focused doorway security outline. The company contains the contract document and other client sensitive information and data that can be possibly targeted by attacks from external entities and outside access attempts. The organization, therefore, needed a gateway firewall to regulate user authentication and access control.
Virus and Spam Control
NAFT Services suffered heavily on spam email. Many client systems were infected and this resulted into data loss. Therefore protecting their email servers was an important decision. The pervasiveness of malicious threats has created the need to protect all layers of the network - wherever information flows. Viruses are no longer the only menace. Organizations must contend with network worms, spyware and other insidious pests.
Monitoring Website Access
The company wanted to monitor and restrict its users from accessing unproductive sites such as Facebook and MySpace. “When users inadvertently or deliberately access sites containing inappropriate, illegal, or dangerous content, NAFT lose productivity, and in some cases experience degraded network performance”, said Mr. Mohamed Imthiyaz Haniffa, the Business System Administrator at NAFT Services. Thus, the organization needed an effective filtering solution which can help solve these problems by blocking access to inappropriate Web sites or those that can detract from employee productivity.
Business Continuity Concerns
One of Mr. Haniffa major requirements was continuous connectivity between their offices in Khobar, Madinah, Riyadh and Head Office. “Any downtime in our Internet connection would create quite a hassle among staff and management alike” said Mr. Haniffa. To avoid dependency upon a single link, they have 3 ISP links. So, balancing the internet traffic between the 3 links, and automatic failover in case one link went down was a critical need.
The Cyberoam Solution
NAFT Services looked into a number of security products including Symantec in order to address their business challenges. The search was on for an appliance which would take care of their all above requirements. The company then deployed One (1) CR300i at the head office in Jeddah, One (1) CR100i at their branch office in Riyadh and Two (2) CR50i at their branch offices in Khobar and Madinah. All the appliances were deployed in Gateway mode.