Nasser S. Al-Hajri Corporation, Saudi Arabia, Middle East
Cyberoam Ensures Complete Control over Internet Usage at NSH Corp
About Nasser S. Al-Hajri Corporation, Construction

Nasser S. Al-Hajri Corporation (NSH) established in 1978, has grown, not only as the largest but also as the safest working industrial contractor in the Middle East. It is a 100% Saudi Company and works with all major international clients. Their customer profile includes Saudi Aramco, SABIC & its affiliates, Qatar-Gas, Ras-Gas, ADNOC, Sipchem, Shell, Exxon Mobil, Total, Qatar Petroleum, Oryx-GTL, Dolphin Energy, Tasnee, Chemanol etc.. With its main head quarters based in Al - Khobar, Saudi Arabia, NSH has achieved a "GRADE A "rating as a general contractor by the Saudi Arabian government.

NSH provides meticulous construction and fabrication services to the full spectrum of the industrial and infrastructure work area including, but not limited to, commercial & heavy industrial buildings, oil, gas, refineries, petrochemicals, fertilizer, cement, power, desalination, aluminium, steel, and others.

NSH is the first Construction Company to obtain the TUV NORD Certification for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment (OHSAS 18001) followed by NSH also obtaining the ISO 9001 accredited Quality Management System.

As how it goes with most organizations, we use Internet for most of our communications. Also, regular and work-related surfing come into the picture.

Mr. Jayakrishnan R.,
IT Manager
NSH Corp.

“As how it goes with most organizations, we use Internet for most of our communications. Also, regular and work-related surfing come into the picture”, said Mr. Jayakrishnan R., IT Manager at NSH Corp. Mr. Jayakrishnan wanted to ensure continuous and safe Internet connectivity for NSH at all times. The network related issues that he identified were:

Unruly Use of Internet

One of the most pressing issues for Mr. Jayakrishnan was the use of Internet by employees for non-business related purposes like casual surfing, torrents, chatting, gaming, watching videos and uploading/downloading high bandwidth files. As a result of such unruly web surfing, they lost plenty of man-hours that could have been channelized for business efforts. Hence, he desired an effective Content Filtering solution which would block all unauthorized surfing and downloading. All Phishing, Pharming and malicious content over the Internet also needed to be plugged.

Bandwidth Choked

Unrestricted web surfing by employees took a toll on NSH’s bandwidth availability and made the organization’s ISP bills surge to uncontrollable heights. Huge volumes of data got wasted on non-productive work. Unmonitored surfing of bandwidth-hungry websites and upload/download of bandwidth-intensive files added to Mr. Jayakrishnan’s woes.

The Cyberoam Solution

Having considered some leading security solutions in the market, including Exinda, Mr. Jayakrishnan zeroed in on Cyberoam. They bought Fifteen (15) Cyberoam Appliances which included CR 50ia, CR 100ia, CR 50iNG and CR 100iNG. Their Head Office at Al Khobar sports a CR 100iNG deployed in Gateway Mode, while the others are deployed at their various Project Sites. After setting up all the Cyberoam Appliances in their network, they noticed the following benefits.

  • Network Thoroughly Firewalled

    Cyberoam’s ICSA and Checkmark certified firewall provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and network resources. Users are given controlled access to network and internet resources, ensuring that no security loopholes are left open. It detects intruders, blocks them from entering the company's computer network, records information, and notifies the system administrator about the source of the attempted break-in.

  • Internet Usage Controlled

    Cyberoam has a constantly updated database of millions of sites divided into 82+ categories which allows access only to those sites which are permitted by IT guidelines of the organization. The content filtering blocks all malware-laden sites, P2P, Instant Messengers, illegal audio, video, streaming media and other bandwidth-intensive download. Phishing and Pharming sites are no longer a cause of concern. Moreover, Cyberoam’s identity-based filtering allows assigning of individual user Internet access policy, surfing quota, time limits and bandwidth restrictions.

  • Bandwidth Efficiently Managed

    Cyberoam’s Bandwidth Management solution solved NSH’s earlier issues with bandwidth scarcity and eyebrow-raising ISP bills. Bandwidth Management offers Identity-based bandwidth control, preventing congestion, bandwidth abuse and optimizing bandwidth.

    Mr. Jayakrishnan can now prioritize the organization’s bandwidth usage as per business requirements with more effective controls on which user consumes how much bandwidth (upload and download limits) during any time of the day.

  • Secured Remote Connectivity

    Cyberoam’s IPSec VPN connectivity ensures secure connection between the Head Office and Remote Sites. Remote Office users seamlessly access the network without any worries of breakdown in Internet traffic. Threat-free Tunneling (TFT)-driven VPN ensures that all such traffic is securely encrypted and no

  • To Conclude

    “Having Cyberoam in our network eases a lot of pressure on our IT team as it makes managing the network considerably easy. Needless to say, it is quite a good product,” said Mr. Jayakrishnan.