SwitchedOnIT, South Africa
SwitchedOnIT Counts on EAL4+ Certified Cyberoam for Secure and Reliable VPN Connectivity
About SwitchedOnIT, IT Consultation
SwitchedOnIT are specialists in managed IT
services and support. They are revolutionizing
the way South African companies do business.
They believe that outsourcing your IT tasks to
an IT support company takes the hassle out of
keeping businesses running smoothly, saves
them money, and gives them freedom to do
what they do best: maintain and grow your
Since 2001, they have built over a thousand
quality, lasting relationships by focusing on
providing time saving support solutions. Their
‘SwitchedOnIT 3 Pillars System’ offers a holistic
and balanced approach to individual IT needs.
‘HeartBeat Connect’ is their managed support
system that connects real-time to their
engineers who manage networks, backups, and
security threats remotely and pre-emptively.
Cyberoam’s VPN solution along with its AAA feature is superb. Now users, irrespective of their office location, are able to access all internal company network services and data.
Mr. Brendan Breetzke
Being a leading and dynamic managed IT services organization, the Internet is heavily
used both for Email communication and Web surfing. In addition, SwitchedOnIT’s
offices are spread across South Africa. In a time when the business requirements demand
global presence for them, the need for a VPN solution is now more than ever.
“We were in need for a solution that would help us to have secure connections
between Branch Offices and the Head Office”, said Mr. Brendan Breetzke, Senior
Engineer at SwitchedOnIT.
According to Mr. Breetzke, the problems that they faced were:
Issues with Remote Access Management and User Accountability
Mr. Breetzke said, “We were looking for a solution that could provide us with secure
remote access feature to connect our Branch Offices with the Head Office”. However,
the need was not of a solution that would just help them in remote connection
between the Head Office and Branch Offices, but the solution also must help them
manage all the users from the Head Office. Hence, they required something that
would provide them with efficient user authentication and accountability from a central
location, in addition to VPN connectivity.
The Cyberoam Solution
Having been dissatisfied with previous UTM solutions due to its sluggish performance and
unreliable services, SwitchedOnIT was looking for a solution that could provide them
with reliable network security and connectivity features. Being a Cyberoam partner,
they decided to replace their old solution with Cyberoam’s industry-best services.
They purchased Two (2) CR 50iNG and Three (3) CR 25iNG Appliances and
deployed all the appliances in Gateway mode. The CR 50iNG Appliances, are
deployed in High Availability (HA) at the Head Office in Johannesburg and all the CR
25iNG Appliances deployed at the Branch Offices in Pretoria, Durban and Cape
Town, are used to connect to the Head Office via Site-to-Site IPSec VPN.
After deploying Cyberoam in the network, the benefits that they notice are:
- Network Perimeter Shielded
Cyberoam UTM shields the SwitchedOnIT‟s
network from all kinds of outside threats. Its
ICSA and Checkmark - dual certified Stateful
Inspection Firewall provides granular access
controls over Internet traffic and network
resources. It provides deep packet inspection
for network based security ensuring that
unauthorized access is denied at the Gateway
itself, eliminating the scope of illegitimate
pilfering of data or harm to internal resources.
Cyberoam’s Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)
feature delivers a strong line of defense right at
the gateway level, through 4500+ updated
signatures against hackers, remote exploits,
backdoor activity and other zero hour attacks.
In addition, Cyberoam’s IPS also acts as an
Application Firewall, supplementing
organizational efforts to curb data leakage
through open proxies, IM and P2P.
- A VPN Feature to Overcome all Remote Access Issues
Cyberoam delivers Any Where, Any Time, Any
Device access with a range of VPN options,
ensuring uninterrupted business operations,
enhanced productivity and lower cost of
operations by minimizing travel and
Cyberoam offers the option of IPSec VPN,
L2TP, PPTP and SSL VPN, providing reliable
remote access to organizations. Cyberoam
IPSec VPN delivers secure, encrypted tunnels
with high performance and low bandwidth
Mr. Breetzke has established a secure Site-to-Site VPN connection between the Head Office
in Johannesburg and the Branch Offices.
Cyberoam’s Authentication, Authorization and
Accounting (AAA) feature allows him to
authenticate users in the Branch Offices from a
single location i.e. Head Office, using AD
Mr. Breetzke happily said, “Cyberoam’s VPN
solution along with its AAA feature is superb.
Now users, irrespective of their office location,
are able to access all internal company network
services and data.”
- Logging, Monitoring and Reporting with Cyberoam iView
“We often hear from our customers that
Cyberoam’s On-Appliance Logging and
Monitoring feature is very helpful and I am no
exception”, said Mr. Breetzke.
With Cyberoam iView, organizations receive
logs and reports related to intrusions, attacks,
Spam and blocked attempts, both internal and
external, enabling them to take rapid action
throughout their network anywhere in the world.
In addition, the Reporting Module includes a
plethora of useful features like 4-eye
Authentication, Traffic Discovery, Internet
Bandwidth Usage Monitoring, Top Accessed
Categories and Google Search Reports, which
enhances the visibility of a User‟s online
behavior. To top it all, this feature comes at no
- To Conclude
“Thanks to Cyberoam, VPN connectivity is now just a few clicks away. Now the
employees can move between our offices without any hassle”, said Mr.