Asian Paints Mumbai India, Asia
Cyberoam Provides Asian Paints with a Comprehensive Internet Security Cover
About The Asian Paints, Manufacturing
Established in 1942, Asian Paints is India's largest and Asia's third largest paint
company today, with a turnover of Rs 44.04 billion (around USD 1.1 billion). The
company has an enviable reputation in the corporate world for professionalism, fast
track growth and building shareholder equity. Asian Paints operates in 20 countries
and has 28 paint manufacturing facilities in the world servicing consumers in over 65
countries. Besides Asian Paints, the group operates around the world through its
subsidiaries, Berger International Limited, Apco Coatings, SCIB Paints and Taubmans.
Asian Paints aims to become one of the top five Decorative coatings companies worldwide by leveraging its expertise in the higher growth emerging markets.
Simultaneously, the company intends to build long term value in the Industrial coatings
business through alliances with established global partners.
We had a need to provide secure and controlled Internet access to all our employees based out of 130+ offices in India.
Mr. Deepak Bhosale
Chief Manager, System
Mr. Deepak Bhosale, the Chief Manager, Systems at Asian Paints, faced the daunting task of finding the exact solution that would meet the company‘s Internet security and productivity requirements. “We had a need to provide secure and controlled Internet access to all our employees based out of 130+ offices in India,” he said. They were looking for a solution that would meet the following criteria:
Easy to Maintain Appliance:
Mr. Bhosale was looking for an appliance-based solution that was robust, well-blended and easy to maintain. The appliance ought to blend smoothly with existing network. Asian Paints is not an IT company. Big IT overheads are not welcome, whether they come in the form of initial capital expenditure or recurring operational expenditures.
Comprehensive Monitoring and Active Alerts:
Unsolicited e-mail, more commonly known as spam is a rising and complex problem. High bulk of spam mails ate a lot of precious bandwidth. So they needed to stop them at the gateway. Anyone could send you an e-mail you wouldn't want to receive so determining which e-mail you definitely would not want to accept can be tricky. The organization was concerned that employee productive time was being wasted in deleting spam messages and frequently checking for false positives. Also, the spam mails spiked with malware intended to sabotage the organization network from within. Traditional spam filters were ineffective as the spammer changes the contents, format, type and language of a spam mail. So, they were looking for an anti-spam solution with high spam catch rate which would scan mails across all protocols including SMTP, POP3 and IMAP and keep false positive rate low.
The Cyberoam Solution
After careful evaluations of multiple products, Mr. Bhosale has deployed two Cyberoam
500i in Active-Active proxy mode. Cyberoam is an appliance-based finely integrated
Identity-aware solution. The manager chose to deploy Content Filtering, Intrusion
Prevention System and Reporting Solution of Cyberoam as he found them sufficient to
meet all his immediate requirements. To take the full advantage of Cyberoam‘s Identityaware Internet surfing policies, for user authentication purpose, it is integrated with
Content Filtering - Safe Internet
Based on the authentication, the administrator has created filtering policies to regulate
the content accessed over the Internet. Taking into account the professional
requirements of the staff, he has designed his filtering policies. Cyberoam‘s content
filtering database has more than 44 million sites neatly categorized into more than 82
categories. With identity and time as additional parameters, he has granular control and
unparallel flexibility in implementing the company‘s strict policy of content access over
Preventing the Intrusion
With more than 3500 IPS signatures, Cyberoam‘s Intrusion Prevention module is one of the most effective solutions in the market. It is also equipped with a unique feature called IPS Policy Tuner. This feature allows the administrator to design and deploy custom IPS policies to carter to any specific user needs.
Reporting - Who is doing What?
“On-Appliance Comprehensive Reporting is one of Cyberoam‘s most salient features,”
said Mr. Bhosale. The reporting module laced with features like Traffic Discovery,
Internet Bandwidth Usage Monitors, Top Accessed categories and Google Search
Reports, enhanced the visibility of a user‘s online behavior. The active alerts and
comprehensive reports are of use not only to the administrator, but also to HR to keep
track Internet usage trends. To top it all, this is achieved at no extra cost.
To Round it off
In conclusion, Mr. Bhosale pointed out, “Cyberoam has engineered a simple, all in one UTM, that can help many organizations quickly provide secure Internet access, as well as setup remote access capabilities. The simplicity of the product is what we like the most.”