Steelmakers Zimbabwe Pvt. Ltd., Zimbabwe, Africa
Steelmakers Zimbabwe Pvt. Ltd. Relies on Cyberoam for Bandwidth Management and Internet Security
About Steelmakers Zimbabwe Pvt. Ltd., Manufacturing
Steelmakers Zimbabwe Pvt. Ltd. (SMZPL)
was established in 1996. It is based in
Redcliff, Zimbabwe. It is engaged in
manufacturing mild steel angles, window
sections, flat bars, round bars, square
bars, deformed bars, DV standards,
plough beams, plough shares, forged
steel balls and other foundry products.
Being in the manufacturing industry,
SMZPL depends on Internet for most of
their activities like communication,
maintaining their documents, general
surfing and other administrative purposes.
Internet is one of the basic necessities for us.
Mr. Alexander Johnson.
Group General Manager
Steelmakers Zimbabwe Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Alexander Johnson, the Group General Manager at SMZPL said, “Internet is one
of the basic necessities for us. Hence, its wise utilization and secured connectivity
was a matter of concern for us’.
The challenges faced were:
No Management of Bandwidth
Employees often downloaded videos, songs and played games on the Internet.
These bandwidth-hungry websites made the legitimate websites or applications
almost inaccessible. Hence, Mr. Johnson wanted to manage the available bandwidth
wisely among all the users. He said, “We did not have QoS facility through which the
bandwidth could be assigned to users based on a certain criteria.’
Spam Mail – Trouble for All
Mr. Johnson was concerned about the amount of Spam mails choking the bandwidth
and creating troubles for all. He said, “Our employees were frustrated with the Spam
mails as they had to repeatedly look into each Email and delete them. Sometimes,
even legitimate Emails got deleted by mistake.’ As a result, productivit y and
business was affected.
The Cyberoam Solution
SMZPL searched the market for a solution that could meet their above concerns.
During their hunt, they found Cyberoam to be the one, capable of providing answers
to all their questions. They deployed One (1) CR25ia at Redcliff, One (1) CR35wi at
Harare in Bridge Mode and Five (5) NetGenie appliances.
The benefits found after deploying Cyberoam are:
- Firewall – A Wall Protecting the Network
Cyberoam’s Firewall, Checkmark and ICSA certified, ensures that their network is
safe from attacks like DoS, DDoS, IP Spoofing and other 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.
Thus, it simplifies the administration.
- Wise and Efficient Management of Bandwidth
Cyberoam’s Bandwidth Management wisely
distributes the bandwidth among the employees
and provides QoS for business-critical
applications on the basis of a certain criteria. It
offers identity-based bandwidth controls,
preventing blockage and optimizing bandwidth.
Thus, each employee is granted bandwidth only
as much as needed so that the blockage is
Mr. Johnson said, “Cyberoam’s Bandwidth
Management wisely distributes the bandwidth
among all, making business- critical applications
- No Spam, Squeaking Clean Inboxes
Cyberoam’s Checkmark certified Anti-Spam
solution ensures the safe arrival of genuine
Emails to employee’s inboxes by providing
Spam detection rate of over 98% and false
positive rate of 1 in 1.5 million. Thus, it keeps
the Spam at the shore, leading to reduced
business loss. In addition, the Recurrent
Pattern Detection (RPD) technology which is
content and language agnostic, offers real-time
protection from the very first moment a new
outbreak emerges. Moreover it provides
protection against foreign characters and
image-based Spam with almost no cases of
false positives. Finally, its Virus Outbreak
Detection (VOD) feature protects the network
against real-time massive virus outbreaks.
After deploying Cyberoam, Mr. Johnson said,
“Cyberoam has blocked huge amount of Spams
for us, relieving our employees from
unnecessary time waste.’
- Secured and Easy Remote Connectivity
Cyberoam’s On-Appliance SSL VPN solution
provides Anywhere, Any Time and Any Device
VPN connectivity. Hence, it provides a secure
and stable connectivity between the
organization and its remote users. Cyberoam
ensures that with less configurations and easy
setup, the General Managers, internal auditors
and users can easily and securely connect and
access their desks and other local network
resources from any location.
Mr. Johnson said, “Cyberoam’s SSL VPN
feature reduces the dependency of working in
the office premises and helps to easily access
the office’s internal resources from anywhere
- Monitored Internet Activities
Cyberoam’s On-Appliance Reporting feature
enables the organization to know “Who is doing
What?’ across the network. It includes features
like Traffic Discovery, Internet Bandwidth
Usage Monitors, Top Accessed Categories and
Google Search Reports, which enhance the
visibility of a user’s online behaviour.
Additionally, this feature comes absolutely free
without any extra cost. Having 1000+ granular
reports at their service, the organization can
keep a track of each employee to know the
surfing trend. Hence, based on the tendency,
the organization can also twist the policies to
stop the surfing habits of the employees.
Mr. Johnson said, “Cyberoam’s Reporting
feature has helped us to get a clear picture of
the Internet activities going on in the network
and taking actions accordingly’.
- To Conclude
Mr. Johnson said, “Cyberoam has helped us to achieve RoI and even secured the network,
proving itself to be a good UTM solution.’