A&P Foods Limited, Nigeria, Africa
Cyberoam Effectively Controls Internet Activities in A&P Foods
About A&P Foods Limited, Manufacturing

A&P Foods is a significant and dynamic part of the Assudamal Group, founded by late Assudamal Vaswani in the 1930s. A&P Foods began manufacturing Biscuits in 2002 operating from Ikeja, Lagos. Today, the product range has grown from Biscuits to Confectioneries (Hard Boiled Sweets, Lollipops, Chewing / Bubble Gum, Soft Chocolates), Vitamin C drinks and Health Products, operating out of Two (2) production facilities exceeding 350,000 sq ft. All these products are manufactured to high quality standards under the umbrella brand name of Haansbro.


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Through Cyberoam, the employees’ Internet surfing trend has improved significantly. The Bandwidth consumption is also under control now, thereby increasing overall productivity.

Mr. Prakash Veedu
IT Manager
A&P Foods Limited


Highlighting the need for a security solution with strong Content Filtering and Bandwidth Management features, Mr. Prakash Veedu, the IT Manager at A&P Foods Ltd. said, “We needed a solution that could help us regulate indiscriminate web surfing practices and, in the process, save us the network bandwidth”.

According to Mr. Veedu, the issues that they faced were:

Web Surfing Issues

Often Mr. Veedu felt that an invaluable resource, the Internet, was not utilized productively. There were high chances of employees getting diverted from their tasks by accessing social networking sites, downloading/uploading videos, music and doing other non- work related activities. As a result, many times legitimate applications could not be accessed due to inadequate bandwidth. Mr. Veedu worryingly said, “We had a tough time controlling indiscriminate use of the web and application usage. It became even more difficult when some people started using proxies to bypass the Firewall”.

High Bandwidth Usage

Mr. Veedu noticed that, many a times the available bandwidth was used in non-productive tasks like: upload/download of music, videos, games and accessing other bandwidth hungry websites. This unmonitored and uncontrolled web and application usage led to deficiency of the network bandwidth and the speed of the network also became slow. This in turn, had a bad impact on overall productivity of the employees.

The Cyberoam Solution

Mr. Veedu searched the network security market for a solution with best-of-breed Content Filtering and powerful Bandwidth Management features. After a thorough search, he was convinced that Cyberoam could best address the security issues for A & P Foods. They purchased One (1) CR35iNG and deployed the Appliance at their office in Ikeja, in Gateway Mode.

After deploying Cyberoam in the network, the benefits that they notice are:

  • Safe Network Periphery

    Cyberoam’s Firewall is ICSA and Check Mark Certified, providing granular access controls over the Internet traffic and network resources. The Firewall checks all traffic passing through the appliance and decides whether to allow or drop the connection. Once, the Firewall passes the traffic, Cyberoam Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) comes into picture and provides the second level of defense. The IPS engine protects the network from known and unknown attacks by Worms and Viruses, hackers and other Internet risks including DoS, IP Spoofing and other network attacks.

    Whether it is a worm, a suspicious web request, a hacker targeting a mail server or any other attack – Cyberoam’s Gateway level protection makes sure that it simply does not get through.

  • Regulated Web Surfing Practices

    Cyberoam’s Web Filtering solution provides a database of millions of URLs divided into 89+ categories, helping Mr. Veedu to allow the staff to access only those websites that are authorized by the company’s policies. The solution blocks all proxy and malware-laden sites, P2P, Instant Messengers, illegal audio, video, streaming media and other bandwidth intensive download. Cyberoam’s identity-based filtering allows administrator to create schedules and assign Internet access policies, surfing quota, time limits and bandwidth restrictions to individual user based on certain criteria. Mr. Veedu said, “Cyberoam’s Web Filtering solution has efficiently regulated the surfing trend of users. Its ‘Anonymous Proxy Protection’ feature in particular is a blessing for us”.

  • Industry-leading Application Visibility and Control

    Cyberoam’s Application Filter detects and restricts application use on the network based on their category, risk, characteristics and technology. There are over 2,000 different applications in the database including Social Networking, P2P, proxy, remote access, bots, etc.

    The Layer 7 capabilities identify and control applications which use standard Port 80, 443, non-standard ports, port hopping or tunnel through encrypted SSL traffic. Moreover, Cyberoam implements application-based Bandwidth Management, accelerating critical applications. Organizations can group applications as per their requirements into business-critical, entertainment, communication, collaboration and control access through Firewall Rules.

    Mr. Veedu said, “Cyberoam’s Application Filter is very powerful. It provides visibility and control over just about every application out there”.

  • Bandwidth Managed

    Cyberoam provides identity-based bandwidth allocation which prioritizes business-critical applications, ensuring smooth business continuity. Moreover, it helps Mr. Veedu to create schedules and policies based on the designation and need of the employees. This controls the time in which the staff can have access to the Internet and limits the volume of data which an employee can upload, download or both.

    Mr. Veedu said, “Cyberoam’s Bandwidth Management enables us to manage the available bandwidth wisely and efficiently”.

  • To Conclude

    Expressing his satisfaction, Mr. Veedu said, “Through Cyberoam, the employees’ Internet surfing trend has improved significantly. The Bandwidth consumption is also under control now, thereby increasing overall productivity”.