Alexandria Wax Products Company, Egypt, Africa
Alexandria Wax Products Company Relies on Cyberoam for Total Internet Security
About Alexandria Wax Products Company, Manufacturing
Alexandria Wax Products Company (AWPC) was founded in the year 2001 in Egypt. It is a joint venture between Sasol Wax, AMOC and Petroleum Products Marketing Ltd. It offers a full range of paraffin waxes in a variety of packaging formats. AWPC is responsible for sales and marketing in the Middle East and North America of all wax products produced by Sasol Wax and AMOC.
AWPC, being in the manufacturing and marketing industry depends on Internet for communication, accessing remote resources, surfing and research.
“Slow network speed, viruses and Spam mails had become a subject of anxiety for us.”
Mr. Mohamed Said Shohoud
Alexandria Wax Products
Since Internet plays a vital role in the business activities, Mr. Mohamed Said Shohoud, the IT Manager of AWPC was in search of a dependable solution that could secure the network from unwanted mails and viruses. He said, "Slow network speed, viruses and Spam mails had become a subject of anxiety for us".
The security issues faced by AWPC were:
Sluggish Network Speed
Mr. Shohoud said, “Slow network speed was quite an annoying issue faced by the users of AWPC”. Employees often downloaded songs, videos or accessed bandwidth hungry websites which took a toll on the available bandwidth and made legitimate websites or applications almost inaccessible. As a result productivity and business both suffered.
Uncontrolled Malicious Objects
General and unrestricted surfing provided a doorway for the malware to enter the network. These malicious objects like Trojans, viruses, spyware etc. entered stealthily through surfing, Emails, downloading and VPN tunnels. Hence, Mr. Shohoud wanted to safeguard the organization’s network from such attacks that resulted into adverse consequences such as loss of data, corrupt files and system crashes leading to serious downtime.
Flooding Spam Mails
Mr. Shohoud said, “Out of all the traffic we received a total of 18% traffic was Spam. This was upsetting!” These flooding junk mails induced the employees to read and delete them individually, leading to a serious waste of time, energy and productivity. This also increased the load on the server which affected bandwidth severely. Some Emails were such that lured the employees to click malicious links ultimately giving way to troubles for the organization and the employees.
The Cyberoam Solution
AWPC looked into many solutions including Alpha Filter but they found it to be dissatisfactory. After having a demo of Cyberoam they found it to be the best of all. Hence they purchased One (1) CR50ia and deployed it in Gateway Mode.
After deploying Cyberoam they found the following benefits:
- Stable Network Speed
Cyberoam’s Bandwidth Management solution solved the prior issues with slow network. It provides identity-based bandwidth allocation which prioritizes business-critical applications and users, ensuring smooth business continuity. Moreover it helps Mr. Shohoud to create schedules based on the designation of the users, so that everyone gets the required amount of bandwidth.
Mr. Shohoud said, “Thanks to Cyberoam, our network is now much more stable, providing each one his/her own share of bandwidth”.
- Cyberoam - A dam withstanding the Virus and Spam Flood
Cyberoam Gateway Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware solution is CheckMark Level 5 Certified. This solution provides the company with web, Email and IM security against malware like worms, Trojans, viruses and spyware. It also scans the web, mail and VPN traffic to ensure that no malware sneaks into the network. Cyberoam’s Gateway Anti-Spam solution provides Recurrent Pattern Detection technology that is content and language independent. 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.
Mr. Shohoud said, “Cyberoam acts like a dam for us controlling the unwanted viruses and mails”.
- Absolute Security at the Perimeter
Cyberoam’s Firewall is Checkmark Level 5 and ICSA Certified. It provides stateful and deep packet inspection for network based security thereby protecting the organization from DoS, IP Spoofing and other network attacks. It also provides a Fusion technology that enables to create policies for multiple features through a single interface.
Mr. Shohoud said, “Thanks to Cyberoam for making us tension-free from all sorts of network attacks”.
- Secured Internet Usage
Cyberoam’s Web Filtering solution offers a comprehensive database of URLs categorized into 82+ categories, helping AWPC to block harmful websites, so that no employee can access them. Moreover its HTTPS controls block unauthorized, malicious and illegal websites over HTTPS, preventing unauthorized download, upload and data leakage.
- Business Continuity Recharged
Cyberoam’s Multiple Link Management smartly distributes the Internet traffic between the three ISP links ensuring its optimal usage. It also enables Mr. Shohoud to assign weights to each of the ISP links such that only specific traffic passes through a particular link. Moreover, the Multi-Link Manager constantly keeps an eye on the behaviour of the links. If any of the links fail the load is transferred to the working link without any human intervention, leading to zero downtime. Mr. Shohoud said, “In our organization multiple ISP links are load balanced assuring continuous connectivity”. He further added, “Multi Link Management is one of the best features of Cyberoam providing outstanding Internet availability”
- To Conclude
Mr. Shohoud said, “Cyberoam is an excellent security product helping us to deliver Return on Investment to a great extent”.