Dainfern College, Sandton, South Africa
Cyberoam UTM Protects Internet Surfing Activities for Dainfern College
About Dainfern College, Education
Founded in 1996 by Russell and Stella Upneck, Dainfern College has grown from small
beginnings to the impressive school. Dainfern College is a place of learning where
acceptance and belonging prevail, and "character, competence and community" are the
foundations upon which they continue to build.
Dainfern College 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. Nick Parker
Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to students and faculty. Through the Internet, students, faculty and administrators may now have access to:
According to Mr. Nick Parker, Network Manager at Dainfern College, the college was facing the following security and connectivity challenges related to its business activities.
Firewall and IPS
As an educational institution, Dainfern College is committed to nurturing an environment of
academic freedom in which cutting-edge research and learning is promoted. However, the
college has a requirement to protect students and staff while accessing online materials.
The college is interested in allowing online access to information, while simultaneously
protecting itself from increasingly complicated cyber threats and this posed a major
challenge for the college.
Sieve over the Web
“We wanted a device that would fit into our everyday working environment and do its job
effectively without causing us any hindrance. It was also essential that any device we
decided to install could provide both security for our students, staff and effective
management of bandwidth usage.” Mr. Parker said.
Continuous Network Uptime
“The college has 2 ISP links but we were unable to utilize any of them effectively”, said Mr. Parker. Continuous Internet connectivity with no breakdown or downtime was the most important requirement for Dainfern College. "Dainfern College requires load balancing and reliable performance while providing sufficient bandwidth for teachers and students to access web-based resources safely and securely," says Mr. Parker.
The Cyberoam Solution
Dainfern College looked into a number of security products including Microsoft TMG in order to address their business challenges. The search was on for an appliance which would take care of their all above requirements. So they felt that Cyberoam was the apparent choice. The college then deployed One (1) CR 200i at their headoffice in Gateway mode.
Identity based Security
Cyberoam UTM delivered unforeseen value additions such as the award-winning identitybased security feature which provides full visibility of user activities in the network. To elaborate, after integrating Cyberoam into the Dainfern‘s College network infrastructure, Mr. Parker used its Active Directory Services (ADS) to include all Dainfern‘s Internet users in the database so their online activities could be further monitored.
The Barricade of Fire - Firewall
Cyberoam firewall is ICSA and Checkmark certified - provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and the network resources. This helps to determine if a data packet should be permitted or discarded through the firewall to the internal LAN. The LAN contained separate internal zones related to student‘s data, examination results, and student‘s private details which were now protected. Also, staff employees were able to seamlessly continue to access Internet resources ensuring that no security loopholes are left open.
Safe Browsing & Judicious Bandwidth Management
Being an educational institute, they 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.
Business Continuity Restored
Cyberoam supports more than two WAN links. Here in Dainfern College, multiple ISP links
were load balanced ensuring business continuity as per Mr. Parker‘s requirements.
On-appliance comprehensive reporting is one of Cyberoam's most significant features. The
On-Appliance sophisticated monitoring and reporting mechanism in Cyberoam helps Mr.
Parker and his team to perform timely and accurate in-depth risk assessment, which has
time and again, proved to be quite productive for Dainfern College. Reports available enable
him to modify access policies based on the academic requirements.