Almabani Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Middle East, Asia
Cyberoam Forms the Internet Security Cornerstone for Leading Construction Co. - Almabani
About Almabani, Construction
Almabani - one of the leading construction companies of Saudi Arabia was established
in Jeddah in October 1972 by H.E. the late Sheikh Kamal Adham. With the oil boom
exploding soon after, Almabani was ideally placed to participate in the execution of
prestigious landmark projects across the Kingdom. Apart from Saudi Arabia, the
organization has it presence in Lebanon and Qatar. The turnkey project participation
ranges from major high rise buildings, ministries, sewage projects, laboratory research
and development centers, airports and defense establishments.
“We need to control surfing, manage bandwidth and multiple ISP links and secure the network against malware and spam onslaught. We wanted all these solutions in one box.”
Mr. John Lincoln
Speaking of the key criteria that the organization was looking for, Mr. John Lincoln, the
IT Director at Almabani stated, “We had four requirements: reign in un-controlled
internet usage, manage the bandwidth and multiple WAN links and secure our network
against malware infiltration through the gateway across multiple locations.”
1. Reign in Unbridled Surfing:
In the absence of a Web content filtering solution, the employees at the head office and branches surfed the internet at the cost of productivity. In many instances, screen-savers and other non-work related applications were downloaded. These applications can often injected spyware into the network. The spyware ate into precious bandwidth and also could have brought the network down to a grinding halt. Malware infected machines could have slowed down and infected other machines. This would lead to numerous house-keeping calls to the IT department.
2. Protection against Malware:
Infiltration by virus, worms, spyware, Trojans, keyloggers and other malware was a reality. Perimeter level protection became imperative to check malware infiltration and intrusion attempts. The organization was looking for a better gateway level anti virus, anti spam and intrusion prevention solution that could guard the Web (HTTP, FTP) and mail (SMTP, POP3, IMAP) traffic. With multiple business critical servers deployed by the organization, a new firewall and intrusion prevention solution was required to protect them.
3. Optimal Bandwidth Utilization:
Almabani has multiple business critical servers that are accessed over the Internet. Mr. Lincoln wanted to prioritize bandwidth for business critical applications while fixing a certain amount for Internet surfing.
4. Multiple WAN Link Management:
The organization‘s head office has four (4) Internet links to ensure total and uninterrupted connectivity. Mr. Lincoln needed a solution that can provide him with the following features:
The organization implemented software-based solutions like Linkwall for site content filtering and BorderManager for firewall. But they were not satisfied with the final results. They switched to Untangle, the Open Source software-based UTM. The installation failed due to lack of technical support.
The Cyberoam Solution
Mr. Lincoln then turned to an appliance-based solution. After careful evaluation,
Almabani has acquired seven (7) CR UTM appliances. The CR500i is deployed in the
head office at Jeddah. Another CR100i is deployed at a construction site in Jeddah.
Two CR50i UTM appliances are deployed in two different sites in Riyadh. One CR50i
is deployed in Beirut, Lebanon. One 25i Cyberoam appliance is deployed at Najran
and Khobar each. In all, Almabani has purchased seven appliances. All the appliances
are deployed in the gateway mode. With simple GUI and, secure and hassle-free
remote access, the network administrator can manage all the appliances centrally. All
our appliances are now tuned to follow a common corporate policy for Internet access.