GCM Securities Inc, Turkey, Europe
Cyberoam UTM provides Continuous Internet Connectivity to GCM
About GCM Securities Inc, BFSI
GCM Securities Inc. is a financial intermediation service for the capital markets in
Turkey. It specializes in leveraging foreign exchange transactions set out by adopting
the mission of becoming a leader in the field.
GCM Securities Inc., being into the capital market uses Internet for communication,
advertising, foreign exchange transactions, connecting special applications and VoIP.
Uninterrupted Internet connectivity
and highly secured transactions
were our prime requirement.
Mr. Mehmet Faik Özlü
GCM Securities Inc.
Mr. Mehmet Faik Özlü, the IT Manager at GCM Securities Inc. said, “Uninterrupted
Internet connectivity and highly secured transactions were our prime requirement”.
Mr. Özlü found the following network security issues related to:
Unsecured Inter-Office Connectivity
GCM Securities Inc. has a branch office and many employees on the move that
access the VoIP server and RDP server located at the head office. Hence, secure
Virtual Private Network (VPN) connectivity between the head office and the branch
office was a matter of concern for Mr. Özlü.
Controlling Surfing Practices
Mr. Özlü wanted to prevent his employees from getting distracted by unproductive
websites like social networking sites, music and such other entertainment-related
websites. He said, “We have known that many employees get diverted from their
tasks”. As a result work suffered. Also, sometimes employees unknowingly landed on
malicious websites by surfing or downloading malware-laden applications which
represented an additional coating of threat.
Business Continuity Issues
One of the major requirements of Mr. Özlü was uninterrupted connectivity between the
head office and the branch office. They used Süperonline, Kablonet, Türktelekom links
to connect both the offices. But lest the link failed, the offices got disconnected and as
a result the business suffered. Mr. Özlü said, “If Internet was down all our business
activities would come to a standstill”. To avoid a single point of failure, multiple
locations had multiple ISP links. Hence, multiple ISP links load balancing, and failover
was also a critical need.
The Cyberoam Solution
GCM Securities Inc. explored the market for a good network security solution. They
considered many solutions like Watchguard, and after having a demo of Cyberoam
they found it to be the best-fit. They then purchased Two (2) CR 50ia appliances, One
(1) at Istanbul (Head Office) and One (1) at Balikesir (Branch Office). Both the
appliances are deployed in Gateway Mode.
After deploying Cyberoam Mr. Özlü noticed the following business benefits:
- Secured Inter-Office Connectivity
Cyberoam offers the option of IPSec, L2TP, PPTP and SSL VPN to connect remote
users to the head office. Its Threat-Free Tunnelling Technology scans all VPN traffic
and ensures that no malware and intrusions enter the network. Its road warrior
connectivity enables the mobile users to securely access resources from anywhere.
Moreover, its VPN connection failover feature offers continuous connectivity for IPSec
and L2TP connections across multiple ISP gateways, without manual intervention after
the connection gets blocked.
Mr. Özlü said, “Cyberoam‘s VPN solution has increased efficiency, giving continuous
and uninterrupted connectivity”.
- Controlled Surfing Practices
Cyberoam‘s Web Filtering solution, offers a comprehensive database of 82+ web
categories ensuring that no employee can access inappropriate or harmful content like
pornography, violence etc. Moreover its Identity-based control helps Mr. Özlü to
assign schedule and level of access to users based on their designation and role for
surfing the web.
Mr. Özlü said, “Using Cyberoam‘s Web Filtering solution we have achieved complete
control on employee‘s web access”.
- Business Continuity Revived
Cyberoam UTM provides total business continuity through Automatic Link Failover. Its
Automatic Link Failover feature automatically detects the failed link and directs all the
traffic through another working link, keeping the network “Always on”. Mr. Özlü said,
“In our organization multiple ISP links are load balanced to ensure constant
connectivity with weights assigned as 95% to Süperonline”. He further added, “Multi
Link Management is one of the most important feature for our organization”.
- Malware Wiped Off
Cyberoam‘s Check Mark Level 5 certified Gateway Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware
solution offers web, E-mail and Instant Messaging security against malware, including
viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and key loggers. E-mail, Web and VPN traffic is also
scanned for malware. It also blocks attachments for specified file types like
executables, media files, password-protected files etc. before any malware affects the
Mr. Özlü said, “Cyberoam Anti-Virus assured us that no malware could sneak into the
- To Sum Up
Mr. Özlü said, “Cyberoam is a good and smart product to choose”. He further added,
“It has good solutions for all needs”.