Allied Cooperative Insurance Group, Saudi Arabia, Middle East
Cyberoam Effectively Manages Multiple ISP Links for ACIG
About Allied Cooperative Insurance Group, BFSI
Allied Cooperative Insurance Group (ACIG) is a
Saudi joint stock company established in
accordance with the Royal Decree. ACIG
consists of a prestigious group of shareholders
led by the Islamic Development Bank [IDB].
Apart from that, the other shareholders
comprise Saudi firms and individuals of
excellent financial and commercial standing
“Providing a secure and always-on access to our insurance applications for our partners is a must for our organization”
Engr. Samer Itouni
Being a modern cooperative insurance company, most of the business activities in ACIG are carried out online. “Providing a secure and always-on access to our insurance applications for our partners is a must for our organization. Hence, network security and constant Internet connectivity is placed quite high up in our list of priorities”, said Engr. Samer Itouni, Technical Supervisor at ACIG.
Inability to manage Multiple ISP Links
Engr. Samer worryingly quoted, “All our business activities are heavily dependent on the Internet. Obviously, down time of even a few minutes would cost us a great deal, both in terms of revenue and reputation of the organization.” Clearly, Engr. Samer could not afford to have a single point of failure and were in search for a solution that could provide him with simple yet efficient Multi Link Management feature.
Unrestrained Web and Application Access
According to Engr. Samer, one of the most annoying aspects of having your business activities completely dependent on the Internet is its uncontrolled use by employees as a tool for non-business related activities. The employees spending most of their time in unproductive browsing, chatting and accessing social networking websites is highly undesirable for any business. The unrestrained and unmonitored access to Web and Applications cost the organization a great deal both in terms of productivity and undesired wastage of network bandwidth.
Uncontrolled and unmonitored surfing and downloading choked the network bandwidth. Bandwidth intended for critical business activities was stuck up by the web and applications usage that was against the corporate policy. In addition, unrestricted upload/download of streaming media added to the problem. This led to a highly frustrating situation where even the genuine websites became almost inaccessible and the speed of the network became slow. Hence, deficiency of bandwidth had a bad impact on productivity.
The Cyberoam Solution
Having been dissatisfied with MS ISA due to the lack of User identification
mechanisms and its failure at controlling network bandwidth, ACIG was in search of a
solution that could provide them with better services and lower expenses. After having
a demo of Cyberoam, ACIG found Cyberoam to be the best fit and purchased Five (5)
Cyberoam Appliances. They deployed all the Cyberoam appliances in Gateway Mode.
The models and locations of the appliances are given below: