Cyberoam: The Internet Usage Controller for St. George’s School
About St. George’s School, Education
St. George’s Diocesan School is
dedicated to provide children in Namibia
with quality education. It is a school for
students from pre-primary to 12th grade.
Internet plays a vital role in the school for
children to do research, take notes related
to their studies and other things. Also,
teachers and other staff of the school
need Internet for their own purposes.
Along with providing the Internet for students as a basic facility, protecting them from harmful content on the web was also a necessity.
Mr. Paul Githuka
Head of IT
St. George’s School
Mr. Paul Githuka, the Head of IT at the school mentioned that, “Along with
providing the Internet for students as a basic facility, protecting them from
harmful content on the web was also a necessity”.
The security issues faced were:
Uncontrolled Web Usage
The school was concerned about how the Internet was being used by the
students, faculties and management. Mr. Githuka mentioned, “It was necessary
for us to provide the students with access to the Internet, as and how they need
it. At the same time taking care of their safety from unsuitable content related to
violence, porn, etc. was also a major concern for us”. Moreover, the Internet was
used by the staff, hence blocking websites useful for some and not for others
was also not realistic.
The Cyberoam Solution
The school searched the market for a solution that could help them to control the
unnecessary utilization of the Internet. During their search, they found Cyberoam
to be capable of handling their concerns and purchased One (1) CR200iNG.
They deployed it in Gateway Mode in the St. George College.
The benefits found after deploying Cyberoam are:
- Firewall – A Wall Protecting the Network
Cyberoam’s Firewall, Checkmark and ICSA certified ensures that the school’s
network is safe from attacks like DoS, DDoS, IP Spoofing and other network
attacks. It also provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and
network resources. Its Fusion Technology blends security, connectivity and
productivity by enabling the administrators to create policies for multiple features
through a single interface.
- Controlled Web Usage
Cyberoam’s Web filter solution provides 89+
URL categories enabling the school to prevent
the students from accessing restricted websites
and keep them focused on their studies.
Cyberoam’s Web and Application Filter allows
Mr. Githuka to create user and group based
web and application access policies. Each
student and staff is given only that much
access as is required for their respective tasks
and the rest of the inappropriate websites are
kept at bay. Cyberoam’s identity-based filtering
also allows the creating of schedules and
assigning of Internet access policies, surfing
quota, time limits and bandwidth restrictions to
individual users based on certain criteria..
Cyberoam also contains a policy named CIPA
that can block numerous websites without any
customization, posing danger to the very
innocence of a child. Thus it ensures that no
child is exposed to pornography and explicit
- Security Based on Identity
Cyberoam UTM is equipped with a unique
identity-based security solution that enables the
school to know “Who is doing What?” in the
network, thus protecting against insider threats.
Mr. Githuka used Cyberoam’s LDAP facility to
include the students and the staff under
Cyberoam’s scrutiny. This feature greatly helps
him to create policies for controlling the
activities based on identity of the users rather
than IP Addresses. Thus it helps him to know
what is going on in the network without
matching users’ IP Addresses with their names
Mr. Githuka said, “Cyberoam’s identity-based
security is one of the best features, helping us
to control all our users effortlessly”
- To Conclude
Mr. Githuka said, “Cyberoam has helped us to manage the Internet usage very well. Also,
harmful websites are not accessible by students anymore”.