K. M. Trading Group United Arab Emirates, Middle East
Cyberoam Ensures Efficient Connectivity Across the Entire KMT Network
About K. M. Trading, Retail
K. M. Trading Group runs a leading chain of Hypermarkets, Supermarkets and Departmental Stores spread all across UAE and Oman. It was established in 1984 by Mr. Mohammed Korath, currently the Chairman and Managing Director of K. M. Trading Group. The Group has under its wing the following companies: -
- Korath Holding
- Al Safa Supermarket
- Monarque Properties and Investments
- Al Safa Commercial Centre LLC
- Monarque Design and Decor LLC
- SAFA Express Supermarket LLC
- K. M. Retail LLC
Internet is the backbone to most of our business operations
Administrator IT and Network,
“Internet is the backbone to most of our business operations”, said Mr. Sameer, IT and Network Administrator at K.M. Trading. Internet is required for Inter-office connectivity, i.e., VPN connectivity between the Group’s offices as well as communication over email. KMT hosts their applications on internal servers which, in turn, need constant Internet connectivity. According to Mr. Sameer, the KMT network faced the following security issues.
Inter-office Connectivity Issues
KMT has a vast network of branches spread all across UAE and Oman. The Branch Offices needed reliable connectivity with the Head Office and with each other for efficient business continuity. Hence, “Safe and secure inter-office connections, in other words, VPN connections were of highest priority to us”, said Mr. Sameer.
Lack of Proper Reporting
Mr. Sameer wanted to keep close tabs on all network activity. Their reporting mechanism proved to be insufficient in meeting their expectations. They lacked access to comprehensive reports which would give them detailed information about user surfing patterns, frequency and nature of malicious attacks, etc.
The Cyberoam Solution
The KMT network previously used WatchGuard Firewalls, which did not satisfy Mr. Sameer’s security needs. He decided to replace them with better security solutions that would fulfil his needs mentioned above along with Firewalling. After examining several security products, Mr. Sameer triangulated on Cyberoam. KMT bought Forty Five (45) Cyberoam Appliances from Cosmos Computer Co LLC, a partner to Cyberoam. They deployed
- One (1) CR 100ia at their Head Office in Abu Dhabi
- One (1) CR 200i at their Abu Dhabi Data Centre
- One (1) CR 50i at their Oman Data Centre
- One (1) CR 100ia, One (1) CR 15i, Seven (7) CR 15wi, Twenty One (21) CR 25i, Seven (7) CR 25ia, Four (4) CR 25wi, One (1) CR 35ia at their Offices all over UAE and Oman
These Appliances, all deployed in Gateway Mode, contributed to the well-being of the KMT network. After Cyberoam deployment, Mr. Sameer noticed the following business benefits.
- Network Defences Up
Cyberoam’s ICSA and Checkmark - dual certified stateful inspection firewall now fortifies the KMT network and guards its servers against any unauthorized access. It detects intruders, blocks them from entering the company's computer network, records information, and notifies the system administrator about the source of the attempted break-in. In Mr. Sameer’s words, “Cyberoam acts as an undaunted warrior that protects our network against all kinds of threats”.
- Efficient Inter-office Connection
The host of Cyberoam Appliances deployed at their offices scattered across entire UAE and Oman contribute in forming a web of Inter-office (VPN) connections. Cyberoam’s IPSec VPN connectivity ensures secure connections between the various offices. Remote users seamlessly access the network resources without any worries of breakdown in Internet traffic. Threat-free Tunneling (TFT)-driven VPN ensures that all such traffic is securely encrypted and no malware sneaks through it.
- Comprehensive Reporting
“Comprehensive Reporting is one of Cyberoam’s most significant features,” said Mr. Sameer. The reporting feature reports details of any attempted violation, and offers appropriate functionality for the administrator to keep track of the organizational activities.
The On-Appliance reporting module includes features like Traffic Discovery, Internet Bandwidth Usage Monitors, Top Accessed Categories and Google Search Reports, which enhances the visibility of a user’s online behaviour. The active alerts and comprehensive reports help Mr. Sameer to keep a watchful eye on the overall Internet usage trends of the organization.
- To Summarize
“Cyberoam is a conglomerate of multiple features in a single bundle which has helped our organization in curtailing the cost of myriad applications and devices. It is very reliable and affordable”, said Mr. Sameer.