Premium Pension Limited Nigeria, Africa
Locate and Forget Network Security for Premium Pension Limited
About Premium Pension Limited, BFSI

Established in December 2005, Premium Pension Limited is a licensed pension fund administrator in Nigeria. The company manages a pension fund portfolio of over 100 billion Nigerian naira. It was among the first set of Pension Fund Administrator’s licensed by PenCom in December 2005 and it started registering workers for the purpose of managing their retirement savings in February 2006. Their vision is to be the best Pension Funds Administrator in Nigeria and among the best in the world in terms of Security of Assets, Services and Returns.

The sensitive servers and customer information were under constant threat from spyware, DoS attacks, fragmented and malformed packets, and blended threats. So we needed a strong IPS solution.

Mr. Aliyu Atiku
IT Head
Premium Pension Limited

The IT Head, at Premium Pension Limited, Mr. Aliyu Atiku outlined the basic requirements saying, “Internet is one of the most business critical resources for our organization.”

Business Need of Internet

The security scenario in Premium Pension Limited springs from widespread usage of the Internet for managing daily business operations. Internet is the most vital element for the organization. They need internet to provide 24 * 7 online access to customers accounts, monitor (investment) markets, communicate and collect contributions from employers, and communicate with their funds custodians.

“We have to make sure that there is no intentional or unintentional misuse of internet, our network is clean and well protected.” Mr. Atiku said.

Stronger Intrusion Preventions Capability

The company’s gateway at the Nigeria head office housed web and mail servers, and customer information. These sensitive servers were under constant threat from spyware, DoS attacks, fragmented and malformed packets, blended threats and more. Premium Pension Limited wanted its Intrusion Prevention solution to prevent any incident of communication loss or data tampering due to eavesdropping attacks from outsiders.

Malware and Spam Control

The organization was facing frequent breakdown issues due to annoying virus, root-kit, worm, Trojan and spyware infections. These malware attacks which often took a blended form through email attachments, PDF, Word documents etc. had the potential to corrupt useful files and destroy important data.

Consequently, Premium Pension Limited was looking for a highly dependable anti-virus solution which would offer real-time protection from malware attacks including blended threats. The organization also wanted to secure its entire email network from newly emerging malware threats and reduce overall spam incidence.

Supervising Website Access

“As Internet use grows in business, so do the risks of uncontrolled access. When employees inadvertently or deliberately access sites containing inappropriate, illegal, or dangerous content, Premium Pension Limited lose productivity, expose themselves to legal liability, and in some cases experience degraded network performance”, said Mr. Atiku. 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 major issue was the connectivity problem. "If Internet was down our business activities would come to a halt," Mr. Atiku said. To avoid a single point of failure, multiple locations had multiple ISP links. So, multiple ISP links load balancing, and failover is also a critical need.

The Cyberoam Solution

In order to address their business challenges, Premium Pension Nigeria looked into a number of security products. However, after seeing a trial demo of Cyberoam they took the decision of replacing the existing Cisco ASA Firewall device at the head office with a Cyberoam CR100ia “accelerator” series UTM appliance. “Cisco ASA lacked the flexibility and ability to apply restrictions based on user identity and also the configuration of the device was very complex”, said Mr. Atiku.

The business benefits were as follows:

  • Integrating Premium Pension Users

    Cyberoam UTM comes with a unique identity-based security solution which protects against insider threats by giving complete visibility into “Who is doing What” in the network and allows creation of user identity-based policies. Mr. Atiku used Cyberoam’s Active Directory (AD) facility to achieve the task of integrating Premium Pension users in the network through a wizard to import users.

  • Perimeter Secured – Intrusions Eliminated

    Cyberoam’s ICSA and Checkmark - dual certified firewall offers stateful and deep-packet inspection, by protecting Premium Pension internal networks from DoS attacks and IP spoofing attacks.

    Cyberoam’s Intrusion Prevention System has a customized database of over 3000+ signatures which reach deeper than a firewall and anti-virus to ensure second level protection for the Premium Pension network from blended threats, backdoor attempts and more. To safeguard their business-critical activities, it further allows detection and prevention of spyware by Cyberoam IPS, preventing spyware in the network from sending out sensitive data.

  • Up-to-date Protection from Viruses and Spam

    Cyberoam UTM’s Gateway Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware solution ensures a third level real-time protection for Premium Pension’s network by delivering clean web and mail traffic. Viruses, worms, Trojans, keyloggers, spyware and more are history and business downtime is negligent.

    Cyberoam’s Gateway Anti-Spam solution has a spam catch rate of over 98% and absorbs a large portion of junk mails at Premium Pension Limited with its IP reputation filters before they hit the mail servers. At the next level, Cyberoam’s RPD-based content-agnostic anti-spam solution offers protection against foreign characters and image-based spam with almost no cases of false positives. Finally, Cyberoam’s Virus Outbreak Detection (VOD feature automatically detect and block any new malware attacks emerging from emails.

  • Web Content Filtering

    Cyberoam’s 82+ categories tough Web Content filtering technology kept the organization’s internet resources effectively focused. The Content filtering features makes sure that all P2P and Instant Messengers are blocked and that there is no breach of data.

  • Business Continuity Restored

    Cyberoam supports more than two ISP links. Here in Premium Pension Limited, multiple ISP links are load balanced ensuring business continuity as per Mr. Atiku’s requirements.

    The link failover feature ensures that in case of a link failure, another one takes over automatically to ensure total business connectivity. The level of reliability is simply awesome. “Clients are automatically switched to secondary (backup) ISP when the primary link is down and henceforth, the complaints for internet downtime has drastically reduced”, said Mr. Atiku.

  • To Enclose

    “Cyberoam is just another switch or security device which visibly adds value to an organization. Its features make Cyberoam to be among the top recommended solution for any organization”, said Mr. Atiku.