Hard Precast Building Systems, UAE, Asia
Cyberoam Helps out Hard Precast Building Systems LLC to have a Secure Network
About Hard Precast Building Systems LLC, Construction and Engineering
Hard Precast Building Systems LLC (HPBS) and Hard Block Factory LLC (HBF) are
members of Al Shafar Group, a leading conglomerate general contracting group operating in
UAE for the last two decades.
HPBS sensitive information was under constant threat with spyware and DoS attacks. Therefore, they needed a strong Firewall solution which would be capable in retorting these threats.
Mr. AbouBakr Mohammed Ezzat
Hard Precast Building Systems
Below mentioned are the challenges faced by HPBS related to its business activities:
HPBF users use Internet heavily for their daily activities, research work, for sales,
advertising, to maintain solid and long term business relationship not only with its clients but
also with its suppliers and consultants. Due to the rising number of Internet threats, Security
of their corporate data has become a key concern for them. They wanted to put a stop to
any incident of communication loss or data tampering due to eavesdropping attacks from
Spam-free Email Traffic
Unsolicited e-mail, more commonly known as spam is a rising and complex problem. High
bulk of spam mails ate a lot of precious bandwidth. So they needed to stop them at the
gateway. Anyone could send you an e-mail you wouldn't want to receive so determining
which e-mail you definitely would not want to accept can be tricky. The organization was
concerned that employee productive time was being wasted in deleting spam messages and
frequently checking for false positives. Also, the spam mails spiked with malware intended to
sabotage the company‘s network from within.
Control Unproductive Surfing
The organization needed to know who was accessing what sites and needed an Identity based filter and reporting system that would include a users‘ online behavioural audit. The solution would also be required to block harmful spyware/malware infested sites. It was also required to limit access to unproductive sites - such as Web-mail, HTTPS, news, online shopping and gaming - and block ‘phishing‘ and ‘pharming‘ sites which trick users into revealing confidential data.
HPBS has evolved into an organization with independent networks at many sites supporting a large number of users. The primary challenges for HPBS were to provide access to sensitive data across a more secure and stable VPN and to improve the management reporting on Internet usage and accessibility.
The Cyberoam Solution
Before zeroing in on Cyberoam, HPBS had done a preliminary testing on Cisco Products too. They purchased Two (2) CR25i and Two (2) CR50i appliances after it met their desired requirements, later deploying it in gateway mode at their head office and branch office. It led to immediate benefits for the organization as discussed under:
The Wall of Fire - Firewall
Cyberoam ICSA and Check mark Certified Firewall offers Stateful and Deep-packet inspection to provide granular access control over Internet and network resources. It prevents unauthorized persons from accessing private networks connected to the Internet. Data entering or leaving the Intranet passes through the firewall, which examines the data and blocks data that does not meet the specified security criteria. It also implements policies based on User Identity in addition to source, destination zone, IP address and application and provides access control over all the Internet traffic.
Cyberoam‘s Gateway Anti-Spam feature enables the organization to filter out all their mails
over SMTP, POP3 and IMAP protocols and automatically detect, tag, quarantine and block
Controlled and Secure Browsing
One of the most important vectors of worry was the employee‘s productivity. The productivity might be affected while spending precious time in unproductive surfing and messaging. Cyberoam UTM‘s web content filtering feature controls Internet access in the entire organisation by blocking inappropriate and unsafe Web content, including Phishing and other malware-laden sites. Moreover, Cyberoam‘s identity-based filtering allows sets individual user Internet access policy, surfing quota, time limits and bandwidth restrictions.
Mr. AbouBakr Mohammed Ezzat, IT Head at HPBS, needed to extend business operations
at branch and remote sites by fully protecting their internal systems and assuring the
availability of centralized network management.