Sameer Africa Limited Nairobi, Africa
Cyberoam UTM Solution Selected for Performance, Value and Consistency at Sameer Africa Limited
About Sameer Africa Limited, Manufacturing

Sameer Africa Limited, formerly under the name Firestone East Africa 1969 Ltd, was established in Kenya in 1969 as a joint venture between Firestone Tyre and Rubber Company of the USA and the Government of Kenya with the aim of producing tyres for the Kenyan and the East African market.

The corporate identity changed to Sameer Africa Limited in April 2005 after a successful renegotiation of the technical and management contract with Bridgestone Corporation Japan. This change created an independent tyre producer based in Kenya and aiming to supply the East African and the COMESA markets.

Sameer Africa Limited wanted to protect the network against intentional and unintentional intrusion attempts and Denial of Service attacks. So they were in need of Gateway firewall and Intrusion Prevention solution for protection of their entire network.

Mr. Andrew Karimi
Network & Infrastructure
Sameer Africa Limited

According to Mr Andrew Karimi, Network and Infrastructure Administrator at Sameer Africa Limited, the company was facing the following security and connectivity challenges related to its business activities.

Battening the Fringe

Mr. Andrew Karimi wanted a solution that would control the entire Internet traffic and provides a level of protection from network-based attacks by allowing good traffic and denying bad traffic as defined by a security policy. They needed to protect the network against intentional and unintentional intrusion attempts, and Denial of Service attacks.

Malware and Spam Control

Sameer Africa Limited rely heavily on email in order to receive orders from customers as well as for internal communication; as with the majority of modern organizations email is the prime method of communication for the company. Therefore protecting their email servers was an important decision.

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

Controlling Surfing Practices

As one of their most critical issues, Sameer Africa Limited 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. Karimi, at Sameer Africa knew unbridled surfing represented an added layer of threat through malicious sites such as phishing and pharming which had to be resolved.

The Cyberoam Solution

After tracing the market for the right solution, Sameer Africa purchased one (1) unit of CR200i enterprise-class UTM appliance, which was soon deployed in gateway mode at their head office Nairobi, Kenya. After deploying the solution, the following benefits were noted:

  • Identity-based Security

    Cyberoam delivered unexpected value additions such as the award-winning identity-based security feature which provides full visibility of user activities in the network. To elaborate, after integrating Cyberoam into the Sameer Kenya’s Limited infrastructure, Mr. Karimi used its Active Directory Services (ADS) to include all Sameer Africa’s users in the database and implemented Single-sign-on functionality so their online activities could be further monitored.

  • The Barricade of Fire – Firewall

    The Cyberoam firewall acts as a filter between Sameer Africa’s mail server – web server and the Internet in order to block malicious attempts to access the server, and allow only legitimate traffic.

    ICSA and Checkmark - dual certified Cyberoam’s stateful inspection firewall now cordons off Sameer Africa’s 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.

  • Get Rid of Intrusions

    With a comprehensive signature database of 3000+, the company’s, internal server & data got safe from several variants of spyware attacks, spoofing and DoS attacks in addition to keyloggers, Trojans and more. Cyberoam’s uncompromising commitment to security and protection helped them improve network efficiency and performance.

    Cyberoam is essential to assure business continuity and protect their servers against network attacks, application attacks, worms and more with the latest Intrusion Prevention technologies.

  • Malware and Spam Free Internet

    Cyberoam’s gateway antivirus and anti spyware features guard all the web and mail protocols and ensure that no malware or spyware sneaks through the perimeter. Recurrent Pattern Detection (RPD) powered signature-less anti spam technology works instantly on deployment, with the least human intervention and is language independent. It blocks spam in any language regardless of the content, e.g. image, audio, video or zip-based spam. The anti spam feature is also equipped with Virus Outbreak Detection. This protects the organization against any zero day attack.

  • Web Content Filtering

    Cyberoam’s 82+ category tough Web Content filtering technology kept the organization’s internet resources effectively focused. The Content filtering feature makes sure that all P2P and Instant Messengers are blocked and that there is no breach of data. Cyberoam helps manage employee access to websites, minimizing lost time on the internet, and lowering operating costs. It also helps enforce internet usage policies based on bandwidth needs to prevent business losses and other issues that result from limited access to mission-critical applications.

  • On-Appliance Reporting – Know Who is Doing What?

    “Comprehensive Reporting is one of Cyberoam’s most significant features,” said Mr. Karimi. The reporting feature reports details of any attempted violation, and offers appropriate functionality for the manager to keep track of the organizational activities.

    The On-Appliance reporting module includes features like Traffic Discovery, Internet Bandwidth Usage Monitors, Top Accessed Categories and Google Search Reports, which enhanced the visibility of a user’s online behavior. The active alerts and comprehensive reports help Mr. Karimi to keep a tab on the Internet usage trends.