Paras Pharma Ahmedabad India
Cyberoam UTM: One Box Security Solution for Paras Pharmaceutical
About Paras Pharma, Pharmaceutical
Based in Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India), Paras Pharmaceutical Ltd. was founded in 1980.
The company has consistently launched successful pharmaceutical, cosmetic and
healthcare products like Moov, BoroSoft, DermiCool, ItchGuard, Livon, Mrs. Marino,
Recova, Ring Guard, Stopache, D'cold and Krack. A carefully selected line of attack has
helped it exploit the market gaps.
Paras' strong national distribution network comprising C&F agents and 1700 stockists
enable it to cater to more than 8 lakh retail outlets. With a manufacturing facility located
in Himachal Pradesh, Paras enjoys a global presence in 45 countries.
The company felt a need for secure Internet connectivity and a VPN solution to create a secure network infrastructure for its present as well as future business needs.
At least half of your mail traffic was spam which we wished to sanitise. Like any other corporate, we also intended to inculcate productive and safe surfing habits in our employees. We were looking for a one box Security, Productivity and Connectivity solution.
Mr. V.V. Iyer
Mr. Vaidyanathan V. Iyer, Manager-IT, says: “Our requirement in the initial phase of the
project included deploying Firewall, Content Filtering, Gateway Anti-Virus and Anti-
Spam solutions, Multiple Link and Bandwidth Management. After post-deployment
stabilization, in the second phase, we want to create a DMZ and relocate all our
application servers, including the ERP server, to it. The servers should be accessible to
users at the manufacturing facility over the VPN.”
The manufacturing plant at Himachal Pradesh and the Head Office at Ahmedabad had
two WAN links each. Mr. Iyer wanted a dedicated WAN link for mail traffic and another
dedicated link for Internet surfing at both these locations.
He needed the bandwidth management solution primarily to ensure proper bandwidth
allocation and secondly to check bandwidth abuse by users through indiscriminate
surfing and potentially harmful downloads. The latter required a Content Filtering
“At least 30 to 40 percent of our inbound mail traffic was spam. Every day, our inbox
was inundated with unwanted and, at times, embarrassing mails! The problem got
aggravated because users were actually opening spam emails to read them. Our users
were at a high risk of phishing attempts. Also, the incoming spam led to unacceptably
high storage costs for the organization. An efficient Anti-Spam solution was badly
needed in the system", informs Mr. Iyer.
Viruses and malware entering through emails and due to unrestricted surfing and
downloads posed another big threat to the network. They severely impacted the speed
and also ate into the organization's bandwidth. Frequent system crashes increased the
number of calls to the IT helpdesk.
"We are a Pharmaceutical company, not an IT company. We were looking at a one-stop solution to our problems which was easy-to-use and configure. Multiple boxes in the network add to the complexity. We wanted a single box solution," says Mr. Iyer.
The Cyberoam Solution
Mr. Iyer was familiar with Cyberoam from his previous organization which also used
Cyberoam UTM for Internet security, "I knew it was dependable and would deliver a
unified solution for all our needs."
Cyberoam's identity-based Content Filtering solution allowed Mr. Iyer to create user
identity-based rules based on the work profile. The Content Filtering solution has a
comprehensive database of URLs, classified into 82 categories, giving powerful
protection against unproductive surfing. Malicious download, spyware and malware are
rare in the organization's network now.
Cyberoam's Gateway Anti-Virus covers Web surfing (HTTP), downloads (FTP), and
mailing (SMTP, IMAP, POP3) in its scanning ambit, blocking all unwanted and harmful
traffic at the perimeter. The Gateway Anti-Spam solution of Cyberoam delivers a virus
outbreak protection. This feature ensures that Paras Pharma’s network is tightly
secured even in case of mail-based Zero Day attack. Apart from offering clean inboxes,
the Anti-Spam feature made sure that no business mails were treated as Spam. Strong
spam rules were put in place but Mr. Iyer did not have to worry about the loss of any
business mail as Cyberoam's Anti-Spam solution has the industry’s best false positive
rate – 0.000006%. The virus and spam quarantine feature ensures that no important
business emails are lost. Self-Service quarantine feature removes users’ dependency
on the administrator to check their quarantined mails.
Paras Pharmaceutical has successfully blocked the Instant Messaging application on
its network. Cyberoam’s application and content filtering features block all attempts to
access and download IM sites. Intrusion Detection and Prevention feature ensures that
if any user manages to get an IM installer, the application gets blocked at the perimeter
The application servers of Paras Pharma are under development. Once they are ready,
a DMZ zone will be created and the application servers will be deployed in it. The
manufacturing facility at Himachal Pradesh and the Head Office in Ahmedabad will then
be connected over a leased line through a VPN tunnel.
“I have known Cyberoam for the past four years as a trustworthy network security
solution that provides total security with ease of management in a single box and high
Return over Investments,” Mr. Iyer.