Regulatory Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
Cyberoam UTM provides Complete Network Security to ICRC
About Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Infrastructure Investment
ICRC, a Government Regulatory Agency, was established in 2009 in Abuja, Nigeria.
Its main goal is to accelerate investment in national infrastructure through private
sector funding by assisting the Federal Government of Nigeria and its Ministries,
Departments, and Agencies (MDA) to implement and establish effective Public Private
Partnership‘s (PPP) process.
Internet serves as a major resource to most of the organizations and ICRC, being into
infrastructure investment, uses Internet to keep a track of the ongoing events,
communication and since it is a government organization reaches its addressees via
Pathetic bandwidth availability,
constantly reduced Internet speed
and an unsecured network had
become a usual headache for us,
causing abrupt system failures,
affecting business benefits,
Mr. Adeola Omilade
Mr. Adeola Omilade, the ICT Manager of ICRC, said, “Pathetic bandwidth availability,
constantly reduced Internet speed and an unsecured network had become a usual
headache for us, causing abrupt system failures, affecting business benefits,
ICRC faced network security issues related to:
- Threat of Unwanted Mails
Mr. Omilade exclaimed, “Out of the total email traffic, an astonishing 30% was Spam.
This was indeed a matter of concern for us!” The employees had to spend a
considerable amount of time deleting these unwanted mails, resulting in productivity
loss. Hence Mr. Omilade wanted to put a full stop for any kind of Spam which caused
a threat to the network security.
- Malware- A Pain in the Neck
ICRC wanted to keep all sorts of malware attacks at bay as they could lead to a lot of
unwelcome problems such as corrupt files, loss of vital data and system crashes
resulting in network downtime. Mr. Omilade said, “We noticed that most of the attacks
arose by accessing unauthorized websites containing malware”.
- Unbridled Web Access
Mr. Omilade wanted his employees to fully concentrate on work and turn them away
from accessing unproductive websites. He said, “We have known that many
employees get diverted from their tasks by social networking sites, music and such
other entertainment-related websites”. Due to this productivity was affected and
bandwidth was also unduly utilized.
- No Inter-Office Connectivity
Mr. Omilade said, “We had no VPN connectivity to connect our remote users”. Hence
it was very difficult for the remote users to communicate and access resources.
The Cyberoam Solution
ICRC explored the market to meet their business challenges. Having considered
various products like Cisco PIX and Microsoft ASA, and having seen a demo of
Cyberoam, choosing it needed no double thoughts, as it was the best. They then
deployed Two (2) CR 300i appliances at the Head Office at Abuja in Gateway Mode.
The business benefits are:
- Identity-based Security
Cyberoam UTM is equipped with a unique identity-based security solution that enables
ICRC to get complete visibility of user activities in the network, thus protecting against
insider threats. Mr. Omilade said, “We integrated Cyberoam with our Active Directory
to include the ICRC users with the network”. This feature helps him to create policies
for scheduling and controlling Web and Application access, and monitoring the
activities based on identity of the users rather than IP Address.
Mr. Omilade said, “We had a seamless experience working with this feature”.
- Firewall - Securing the Network Periphery
Cyberoam Firewall is ICSA and Check Mark Level 5 Certified and provides granular
access controls over Internet traffic and network resources. It offers deep packet
inspection for network and application based security protecting the organizations from
DoS, DDoS and IP Spoofing attacks. It also provides a Fusion technology that enables
administrators to create network security and access control policies for multiple
features through a single interface.
Mr. Omilade said, “Cyberoam Firewall blocks the traffic containing attacks at the
perimeter itself, thereby preventing it from entering the network”.
- Freedom from Unwanted Mails
Cyberoam‘s Check Mark Level 5 certified Anti-Spam solution provides Spam detection
rate of over 98% and false positive rate of 1 in 1 million. This ensures that legitimate
mails reach safely to employee‘s inboxes while Spam is kept at bay leading to minimal
business loss. In addition, the Recurrent Pattern Detection (RPD) technology which is
content and language independent, offers real-time protection from the very first
moment a new outbreak emerges.
After deploying Cyberoam Mr. Omilade said, “Thanks to Cyberoam that has controlled
Spam emails to a great extent, leading to a clean mailbox”.
- Controlled Malware
Cyberoam‘s Gateway Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware solution scans the web, email and
VPN traffic protecting against malware including viruses, spyware, worms, keyloggers
and Trojans. In addition, the anti-virus blocks attachments for specified file types like
executables, media files and password-protected attachments before these threats
enter and destroy the network.
Mr. Omilade said, “Cyberoam‘s Gateway Anti-Virus ensures that no malware slips into
the network by any means”.
- Bridled Web Access
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 ICRC to assign
schedule and level of access to users based on their designation and role for surfing
the web. In addition, HTTPS scanning controls unauthorized secure access, thereby
preventing data leakage.
Mr. Omilade said, “Using Cyberoam‘s Web Filtering solution we have achieved total
control on employee web access”.
- Secure 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.
Mr. Omilade said, “Cyberoam‘s VPN solution has increased efficiency, flexibility and
automation of ICRC significantly”.
- To Sum Up
Mr. Omilade said, “Cyberoam is a very effective product and has definitely lived up to
its cost effectiveness and expectation in terms of ROI”.