Atul Ltd. India,
Cyberoam Accomplishes Atul Chemical‘s Complex
About Atul Ltd, Manufacturing
Atul Ltd is a member of Lalbhai Group, one of the oldest business houses of India, with
interests mainly in textiles and chemicals. The Group is strongly committed to serving
society in the fields of education, health as well as culture
Incorporated in 1947, Atul Ltd (formerly Atul Products Ltd) was founded by Kasturbhai
Lalbhai with a dream to make India self reliant in chemicals, generate employment on a
large-scale and create wealth for the society.
Atul Ltd operates through six business divisions, namely, Agrochemicals, Aromatics,
Bulk Chemicals & Intermediates, Colors, Pharmaceuticals & Intermediates and
Polymers. Each business, in step with the company vision, develops and implements
its growth plans.
Atul's registered office is in Ahmedabad whereas its corporate headquarters are
located in Atul, Gujarat.
“We were looking for a
comprehensive Internet security
solution that would cater to our
corporate and day-to-day
normal Internet security,
connectivity and productivity
Mr. Jignesh Patel
Atul Chemical‘s network comprises Multiple LANs which consist of two ISP links (RIL,
BSNL) that provide separate Internet access facilities for its diverse end users. They
needed a solution that would give them the flexibility to configure WAN, LAN, DMZ and
VPN zones as per their requirements. Most of the solutions, they found had hard coded
the zones on the interfaces.
So they needed a configurable port device which would give them excellent security
and blend seamlessly into their existing network. These two WAN Links feed the
Multiple LAN network to provide round the clock connectivity to fulfil the requirements
of the corporate users, Atul School, Atul Township and remote offices in Ahmedabad,
Mumbai and Ankleshwar.
Atul Ltd were concerned with issues such as non-work related surfing, which resulted
in inadequate bandwidth for critical business applications. Unrestricted surfing was the
primary cause of declining productivity and intrusions in the form of blended threats
would cripple their network infrastructure. They were looking for a comprehensive
security solution that would fulfill these following requirements.
- Web Filtering
- Bandwidth Management
- Load balancing and failover
- Intrusion Prevention System
- On-Appliance Reporting
“We were looking for a comprehensive Internet security solution that would cater to
our corporate and day-to-day normal Internet security, connectivity and productivity
needs.” added Mr.Jignesh Patel, Consultant of IT Infrastructure.
The Cyberoam Solution
Atul deployed one (1) Cyberoam 500i unit in gateway mode. Atul Ltd has a firewall
at the gateway. In the face of blended threats the organization department was
looking for a comprehensive security solution that could blend seamlessly into their
existing network. Atul Ltd uses Cyberoam‘s integrated solution for content filtering
protection, bandwidth management and intrusion prevention system. One more
factor that helped Atul Ltd was Cyberoam‘s multiple link load balancing and gateway
failover which helped them make optimal use of their ISP links. A single CR
appliance has the power to scale from a family‘s Internet requirement to a corporate
Atul Ltd had taken demonstrations of Fortinet and SonicWall too, but found that they
were not providing on-appliance reports with the core product. They also found
Cyberoam cost- effective compared to other products. So they felt that Cyberoam
was the apparent choice.
One added advantage of Cyberoam which helped Atul Ltd was that all the ports can
be used to the maximum and with great flexibility. Atul Ltd wanted to use all the
ports of Cyberoam because they had got multiple local networks configured in
Cyberoam. To use it to the maximum, they wanted to assign zones to the port on
their own as per their requirement. Mr. Patel assigned the zones to the ports as per
their needs. This is possible as, Cyberoam does not have zones hardwired.
Cyberoam interfaces are configurable as per end users‘ requirements. Hence an
Interface is not hard coded to be used for WAN or LAN only.
Cyberoam is an identity-based UTM. This enabled Mr. Patel to create customized
user identity-based policies which are found in all the Cyberoam features. Multiple
LANs have different users and different needs. The schools have different needs
while the township, remote offices and the company office have different needs. So
the LAN IPs are grouped as per the need.
For corporate users, he could now selectively provide Internet access and download
rights according to their working needs. He could even specify the amount of
downloads that a group of users were allowed and at what time. The kind of files
that a group can download is regulated too. Once they are grouped, they are
provided access based on functional requirements. Granular controls ensure flexible
policies for diverse Internet requirements. Web filtering module blocks inappropriate
and unsafe Web content, including phishing and pharming sites. Cyberoam's
granular controls filter out bandwidth-intensive downloads such as streaming media
and Internet video thus reducing unproductive burden on the bandwidth. This
ensures that the employees were always productively focused. Cyberoam provided
an excellent content filtering solution based on users and their professional
For township users, they need to allow certain entertainment sites too. So they had
granular control over what type of traffic can pass through the corporate line or from
the non-corporate line. Deployed in a single location, the single Cyberoam
appliance is able to meet all the diverse Security, Connectivity and Productivity
needs of the organization.
Driven by business need of inter-office connectivity over Internet, Atul Ltd has
two ISP links. Cyberoam‘s Multi-Link Manager intelligently load balances the
traffic and manages link failover between the RIL and BSNL broadband links.
These links terminate at Cyberoam. The Multi-Link Manager constantly monitors
the performance of the links. In case of a link failure, the load is automatically
transferred to the working link, seamlessly, which leads to 100% Internet
uptime, and round the clock availability of requisite bandwidth. In case of a link
failure, Cyberoam automatically switches the traffic to the working link. So the
organization gets a transparent multilink management with no human
interference. The Bandwidth Management feature provides policy-based control
over the bandwidth.
The Intrusion Prevention feature of Cyberoam protected the web server from
external and internal intrusion attempts. All IM and P2P traffic is blocked to
ensure that no sensitive information is leaked and no malware enters the
Mr. Patel was also impressed with Cyberoam‘s on-appliance reporting facility.
Cyberoam's interactive Dashboard makes it easy for the administrator to review
the network at a glance. The reports and the Dashboard are easily accessible
through a secure Web console. Cyberoam‘s On-Appliance comprehensive
reporting feature provides access to the information related to, Who is using
What and When in the network. The Internet search reports help Mr.Patel
understand the users‘ behaviour and usage trends which saved a lot of time,
energy and efforts.
In short, “Cyberoam UTM really gave us the best value for money. We are also
looking for future expansion.” Mr. Patel concluded.