Blue Chip Communications, Nigeria,
Cyberoam UTM Demystifies Internet Surfing Activities for Blue
About Blue Chip Communications, IIT/ITES
Blue Chip Communications Limited, an engineering company is committed solely to the
provision of Turnkey Telecommunication Solutions and Services. The company is
primarily focused on the Marketing, Supply, Network installation, Integration, Support,
Consulting, Customer Training and the provision of total telecommunications and
information technology solution and services. Their vision is to be the best
telecommunications service support company in Africa providing first class cutting edge
telecom support service.
Internet is used as a lifeline as it is the principle business enabler and there can be no
compromise when it comes to Internet connectivity and security, as it is the most productive
resource. Internet is mainly used for browsing, email, and internal hosting applications.
Thus, business cannot be run without Internet connections.
Blue Chip Communications contract
documents and sensitive servers
are under constant threat from
spyware, and DoS attacks. So they
were in need of Gateway Firewall
and Intrusion Prevention solution for
protection of their entire network.
Mr. Alakija Adeola
Blue Chip Communications
Mr. Alakija Adeola, the IT Head for Blue Chip Communications was looking for a reliable
Internet security platform to protect its users. “We needed a solution which would give us
highest ROI while taking in hand our major security concerns - all in a solitary box”, Mr.
The concerns are listed below.
Shielding the Network Edge and Hard-Hitting IPS
The Blue Chip Communications network basically comprised of business secrets,
confidential data and other client sensitive information and data that can be possibly
targeted by attacks from external entities and outside access attempts. Some hackers
just to have fun, grab attention, take revenge, or demand certain things, set up a DDOS
or DOS (Denial of Service) attack which freezes your entire system and leads to none
of the servers, websites and computer systems to work.
Hence, Mr. Adeola wanted a solution that would control the entire Internet traffic and
provide a level of protection from network-based attacks by allowing good traffic and
denying bad traffic as defined by a security policy. They need to protect the network
against intentional and unintentional intrusion attempts, and Denial of Service attacks.
Virus and Spam Control
Blue Chip Communications rely heavily on email in order to receive orders from
customers as well as for internal communication; as with the majority of modern
organizations email is the prime method of communication for the company. Therefore
protecting their email servers was an important decision. The pervasiveness of
malicious threats has created the need to protect all layers of the network - wherever
information flows. Viruses are no longer the only menace. Organizations must contend
with network worms, spyware and other insidious pests.
Blue Chip Communications wanted to secure its entire email network from newly
emerging malware threats and reduce overall spam incidence. This was required to
keep mails secure and in-boxes clean. The spam filtering was required to be totally
automated and perform irrespective of the language and content of the mail with an
absolute minimum amount of false positives - as no organization can afford to lose a
single business opportunity should a legitimate email being wrongly classified as spam.
Monitoring Website Access
As Internet use grows in Blue Chip Communications, so do the risks of uncontrolled
access. When employees inadvertently or deliberately access sites containing
inappropriate, illegal, or dangerous content, organizations lose productivity, expose
themselves to legal liability, and in some cases experience degraded network
Also, the use of bandwidth- intensive applications such as streaming media or the
downloading of music or videos by few employees would slow or shut down entire
organizational networks. An effective filtering solution can help solve these problems
by blocking access to inappropriate Web sites or those that can detract from employee
The Cyberoam Solution
Blue Chip Communications looked into a number of security products but they found
Cyberoam UTM best among the rest in terms of features, stability and easy-to-use.
After understanding Cyberoam‘s features Mr. Adeola decided to go with Cyberoam and
also found Cyberoam cost-effective compared to other products. Mr. Adeola decided to
deploy One (1) unit of CR50ia in Gateway mode in Head Office. MCSI Consulting is the
IT service desk/support provider for Blue Chip Communications.
The business benefits were as follows:
- Firewall and Intrusion Prevention
Cyberoam firewall is ICSA and Checkmark certified - provides granular access controls
over Internet traffic and the network resources. Coupled with Intrusion Prevention
module, Cyberoam UTM can counter any Denial of Service attack. Mr. Adeola now felt
the network is secure.
- Malware and Spam-free Network
Cyberoam‘s Gateway Anti-Virus solution, with the industry‘s best malware detection
rates, scans mail and web traffic over the entire Blue Chip Communications network for
SMTP, IMAP, POP3, HTTP and FTP protocols, thereby, ensuring that the mail and
web traffic is clean and the network is fully secure against malware including rootkits,
viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, backdoors, keyloggers and more.
Moreover, the anti-virus even blocks attachments for specified file types such as
executables, media files, PDF, zipped files etc. before these blended threats can enter
the network and cause damage.
Cyberoam‘s Gateway Anti-Spam solution with its content-agnostic feature blocks spam
in any language regardless of the content, e.g. image, audio, video or zip-based spam,
therefore greatly reducing spam problem faced by Blue Chip Communications network.
On top of it, Virus Outbreak Detection feature secures the entire network against any
Zero-hour mail-based attacks.
- Safe Browsing & Judicious Bandwidth Management
Blue Chip Communications needed the ability to instantly block web sites, enforce
acceptable usage policies on their users and have access to audit trails for entire user
activity. Cyberoam addresses all these issues and more, by providing a flexible content
filtering solution that puts the network administrator firmly in control.
Cyberoam has a content filtering database of more than 44 million Websites,
categorized cleanly in 82+ categories, providing extensive control over Internet usage.
All unauthorized downloads, P2P applications, pirated audio and video streaming and
other harmful content is now safely blocked.
Any phishing or pharming Website is disallowed to ensure that no personal information
accidentally falls into the hands of criminals. The content filtering categories allow the
organization to create policies to block access to sites associated with spyware,
phishing, key-logging, malicious mobile code and malware. All content access over
HTTP, HTTPS and FTP over HTTP is controlled, scanned and made malware free.
- On-Appliance Reporting - Know Who is Doing What?
“Comprehensive Reporting is one of Cyberoam‘s most significant features,” said Mr.
Adeola. The reporting feature reports details of any attempted violation, and offers
appropriate functionality for the manager to keep track of the organizational activities.
The On-Appliance reporting module includes features like Traffic Discovery, Internet
Bandwidth Usage Monitors, Top Accessed Categories and Google Search Reports,
which enhanced the visibility of a user‘s online behavior. The active alerts and
comprehensive reports help Mr. Adeola to keep a tab on the Internet usage trends.
- To Bring to a Close
“Cyberoam UTM Appliance offers the full UTM features that we need. It comes with
very user-friendly GUI interface and setup is simple and straight forward. The main
dashboard provides intuitive system overview and real time statistics on various internet
activities. We chose Cyberoam because it is very User friendly, very cost-effective,
feature-rich and provides good technical support. ” said Mr. Adeola.