Nasser Sports Centre Kuwait
NASSER SPORTS CENTRE Count on Cyberoam for Secure Internet Connectivity
About Nasser Sports Centre, Retail

Nasser Sports Centre is a store dedicated to the lovers of sports and fashion alike. Here any one can cherish a lifestyle shopping experience of a mini supermarket, with casual, formal, fashion, sports footwear, apparels, accessories and sporting goods.

Their endeavour is to offer huge range of goods at unbeatable prices supported by passionate and in-depth product knowledge. The company employs a team of highly qualified and well-experienced consultants as well as employees that foresee future fashion trends and enable the company to stay ahead of its competition.

Their vision is to have a chain of retail stores throughout Middle East region selling the best quality products from their store brands, corporate brands and individual brands at the best affordable prices through all their stores and make the customers shopping a pleasurable one.

Nasser Sports Centre contract documents and sensitive servers are under constant threat from spyware, and DoS attacks. So they were in need of Gateway firewall and Intrusion Prevention solution for first layer protection of the entire network.

Mr. Hatim Ali Halwai
System Administrator
Nasser Sports Centre

Below mentioned are the challenges faced by Nasser Sports Centre related to its business activities:

Access Control and Intrusion Prevention

Fast, affordable connections over the public Internet allowed Nasser Sports Centre to transmit credit and debit card transactions, and payroll information in real-time. But this sensitive information, data and other confidential documents were under constant threats by attacks from external entities and outside access attempts. The organization, therefore, needed a gateway firewall to regulate user authentication and access control.

Also, the sensitive servers were under constant threat from spyware, DoS attacks, fragmented and malformed packets, blended threats and more. Therefore, they needed a strong IPS solution which would be capable in retorting these threats.

Plummeting Malware and Spam incidence

In the absence of gateway anti virus & anti-spam, employees surfing the Web were constantly exposed to the danger of malware infestation. These malware attacks often took a blended form through email attachments, their confidential documents etc. These attacks had the potential to modify productive documents and knock down significant data. As a result the productivity suffered.

Having multiple offices spread across the country, and no way of predicting where or when the next disaster will strike, immediate, effective communication, such as email, is vital for Nasser Sports Centre success. With the company dealing with thousands of unwanted emails per day, along with mails possibly containing critical information from multiple sources, filtering out the junk email becomes a critical task. According to Mr. Hatim Ali Halwai, the System Administrator at Nasser Sports Centre, more than 80% of their incoming email was spam bombardment. Mr. Hatim Ali Halwai couldn't afford to have their employees wasting time sorting through these unwanted emails. They also didn't want to risk the possibility of inadvertently filtering out legitimate messages. They needed a highly effective, highly accurate anti-spam software solution to their spam problem.

A boundary level anti-virus & anti-spam solution was required that would protect the network, scan and clean any malware or spyware over Web mail and scan all Web traffic to ensure the contents’ sanctity.

Regulating Surfing Behavior

As one of their most critical issues, Nasser Sports Centre wanted to raise workplace productivity by putting a complete end to indiscriminate Internet surfing by its internal users. It also wanted the solution to ensure precious bandwidth is not wasted on downloads of audio, video and streaming files and nuisance applications like Yahoo Messenger and instead, diverted to more productive use. Moreover, Mr.Hatim Ali Halwai knew unbridled surfing represented an added layer of threat through malicious sites such as phishing and pharming which had to be resolved.

VPN Connectivity

Nasser Sports Centre has evolved into an organisation with independent networks at remote sites supporting many users. The primary challenges for Nasser Sports Centre were to provide access to sensitive data across a more secure and stable VPN. Internet is relied on profoundly to allow remote sites VPN access back to the main office.

The Cyberoam Solution

Nasser Sports Centre looked into a number of security products including Fortinet, Cisco & Juniper 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) CR200i at the head office in Kuwait and Three (3) CR15i at the branch offices in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. All the appliances were deployed in Gateway mode.

The business benefits were as follows:

  • Identity based Security

    Cyberoam UTM adds up with a unique identity-based security solution which protects against insider threats by giving absolute visibility into “Who is doing What” in the network and allows creation of user identity-based policies. Mr.Hatim Ali Halwai used Cyberoam’s Active Directory (AD) facility to achieve the task of integrating Nasser Sport’s users in the network through a wizard to trade in users.

  • The Barricade of Fire – Firewall & Tough IPS

    The Cyberoam firewall acts as a filter between the web server and the Internet in order to block malicious attempts to access the server, and allow only legitimate traffic. This improved customer service, speeded up their work and streamlined their operations.

    ICSA and Checkmark - dual certified Cyberoam’s stateful inspection firewall now cordons off Nasser Sports Centre network and guards its servers against any unauthorized access. Also, employees were able to seamlessly continue to access Internet resources, while hackers on the Internet are kept at bay. Nasser Sports Centre users are given controlled access to network and internet resources, ensuring that no security loopholes are left open. Coupled with Intrusion Prevention module, Cyberoam UTM can counter any Denial of Service attack. Mr. Hatim Ali Halwai, System Administrator at Nasser Sports Centre now felt the network is secure.

  • Gateway Level Anti-Virus & Anti-Spam

    Cyberoam was an easy decision for Nasser Sports Centre. Cyberoam offered everything Mr. Hatim Ai Halwai was looking for: accuracy, ease of use, great customer service and cost effectiveness.

    Cyberoam’s Check Mark Certified anti-virus solution scans the Web surfing (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP) and mail traffic (SMTP, IMAP, POP3) to ensure that no malware sneaked in. All FTP transactions are also scanned for total security.

    Check Mark certified anti-spam solution ensures that not a single mail made it to the internal inboxes. The spam is neutralized at the gateway. Perhaps most importantly, Mr. Halwai is impressed with the accuracy of spam filtering solution. "We didn't have any false positives, and no junk e-mails slipped through the network. We're extremely satisfied” says Mr. Halwai. Continuous spam protection was installed and had instantaneous effect.

    Also, the intelligent anti-spam solution required almost no human intervention to put it on war footing. Signature-less Virus Outbreak Detection technology protects the organization against any mail-based Zero-Day attack, hours before traditional signature-dependent solutions.

  • Web Content Filtering + Enhanced Reporting

    Cyberoam’s 82+ category strong Web Content filtering technology kept the organization’s internet resources productively focused. Mr. Halwai said, “Being able to choose what sites to allow access to and what sites to block was an essential feature for Nasser Sports Centre when deciding on a Web filtering product.” The IPS and Content filtering features ensure that all P2P and Instant Messengers are blocked and that there is no breach of data.

    Mr. Halwai adds, “We were definitely very pleased with this reporting module. Gaining simple view into applications with user name, source, and destination, extent of usage, enabling them to zero in on naive users and systems easily is the best part of Cyberoam UTM.”

  • VPN Connectivity

    The CR200i appliance deployed at the Head Office was used to ensure IPSec VPN connectivity along with the Three (3) CR15i appliances at remote offices. This allowed remote office users to flawlessly access their work without any uncertainties of collapses in Internet traffic.

    Threat-free Tunneling (TFT)-driven VPN ensures that all such traffic is securely encrypted and no malware sneaks through it.

  • To Round it off

    “Cyberoam UTM is a step above the conventional firewall features. The multiple functionality of the UTM appliance can be the justification for replacing older and more basic firewalls with the new systems. In simpler words, I can say that Cyberoam UTM is just like a blanket security cover.” said Mr. Halwai.