Cyberoam Provides Rock-hard Network Security to British
International School of Al Khobar (BISAK)
About British International School Of Al Khobar (BISAK), Education
The British International School of Al Khobar is an educational community that provides
diverse and challenging learning experiences. BISAK follows the English National
curriculum and delivers IGCSE, GCSE and A-Level examinations at the end of KS4
Their mission is to provide individualized, academically challenging learning
experiences in a safe and supportive school environment and develop the skills to
become independent, effective lifelong learners.
The network covered sensitive
information which was under
constant threat from spyware and
attacks. So they needed a strong
Mr. Syed Moinuddin
The concerns are listed below.
The BISAK network essentially consisted of confidential documents. However, at the
same time, the authorities have a responsibility to protect users from network threats,
and keep the network up and running.
Mr. Syed Moinuddin, IT Manager at BISAK 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.
Regulating Surfing Behaviour
The easy access to the Internet ensures that every child touches a computer every
day. This also brings about security problems as students are becoming more tech
With a diverse group of Internet users, it was impossible for the IT staff at BISAK to set
different Internet permission levels. Realizing that faculty and staff sometimes needed
to view Websites that students didn‘t need to access such as YouTube, or Yahoo!
Video, Mr. Moinuddin decided to look for a Web filtering solution.
“We needed to quickly find a solution that would allow us to easily keep track of the
sites visited by the students and staff as well as securely protect our students, faculty
and staff from unwanted Websites.”, said Mr. Moinuddin.
The Cyberoam Solution
BISAK tested Cisco ASA, Sonicwall, and Fortinet but found that they were not providing
on-appliance reports with the core product. After tracing the market for the correct
solution, BISAK purchased 1 unit of Cyberoam CR200i enterprise-class UTM appliance
for the school at the Head Office which was soon deployed in gateway mode.
The business benefits were as follows:
- Identity based Security
Cyberoam UTM delivered unforeseen value additions such as the award-winning
identity-based security feature which provides full visibility of user activities in the
network, compared to its previous solution. To elaborate, after integrating Cyberoam
into the BISAK network infrastructure, Mr. Moinuddin used its Active Directory Services
(ADS) to include all BISAK‘s Internet users in the database so their online activities
could be further monitored.
- Perimeter Firewall
Cyberoam Perimeter security is always best; keeping the bad guys, their attacks,
viruses, spyware and malware from ever getting beyond the gatekeeper to your
network. Cyberoam firewall is ICSA and Checkmark certified - provides granular access
controls over Internet traffic and the network resources. Mr. Moinuddin now felt the
network is secure.
- Web Filtering
After deploying Cyberoam Web Filtering Solution, the school saw an immediate
decrease in the amount of bandwidth being used by spyware on the school‘s network.
Cyberoam‘s identity-based filtering allows sets individual user Internet access policy,
surfing quota, time limits and bandwidth restrictions.
Cyberoam‘s 82+ categories tough Web Content filtering technology kept the school‘s
internet resources effectively focused. The Content filtering feature makes sure that all
P2P and Instant Messengers are blocked and that there is no breach of data. It blocks
access to harmful websites, preventing malware, phishing, pharming attacks and
undesirable content that could lead to legal liability and direct financial losses.
Cyberoam helps manage students and staff‘s access to websites, minimizing lost time
on the internet, and lowering operating costs. In addition, Mr. Moinuddin found the easy
administration and customization feature of the Cyberoam made it easier for the school
to monitor which Web sites students and staff were trying to visit.
Mr. Moinuddin said, “The reporting capabilities are an essential component of the
Cyberoam appliance. We consult the activity logs and reports on a weekly basis to
ensure that the students and staff are using the Internet appropriately and have the
information on hand when dealing with students who abuse our Internet Usage Policy.”