Cyberoam Deployment Boosts Network Security and Consistency for LLJ Property
About LLJ Property LLC, Engineering & Construction
Abu Dhabi property agency, LLJ Property, is backed by more than 40 years experience in the Abu Dhabi property sector. They pride themselves on exceeding clients' expectations by delivering a personal, tailor-made service which ensures that individual needs and requirements are met. They are committed to providing a positive, fair and safe working environment which is conducive to the success of the real estate profession and strive to promote and observe good working practices.
Their multilingual team of over 25 real estate professionals provides a comprehensive schedule of property services to buyers, sellers, landlords and renters from their headquarters at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Jazira Sports Club (Al Muroor St, opposite CERT).
Internet is one of the most essential tools for LLJ Property. Business cannot run without Internet connections. Hence Internet security is of prime concern.
Mr. Mohamed Aslam
IT Support Specialist
The IT Support at LLJ Property, Mr. Mohamed Aslam outlined the basic requirements saying, “Internet is the Lifeline for our organization.”
Mr. Aslam was looking for a single box solution that would offer:
Safeguarding the Network Periphery
The LLJ Property’s network basically comprised of design, construction and project with no focused gateway security sketch. The company contains the contract document and other client sensitive information and data that can be possibly targeted by attacks from external entities and outside access attempts. The organization, therefore, needed a gateway firewall to put a stop to all such activities.
Organisations are also one of the main prey for unsolicited email and same is the case with LLJ Property. Junk email is not just a drain on organisation’s email resources, it is also the channel through which many viruses, worms and other forms of malware are multiplied. This remorseless increase in spam and unsolicited email was having a detrimental effect at LLJ Property. So, they were looking for an anti-spam solution with high spam catch rate which would scan mails across all protocols including SMTP, POP3 and IMAP and keep false positive rate low.
Filtering over the Web
With hundreds of employees accessing the Internet at any one time, LLJ Property had growing concerns to protect its employees and network. The company has a responsibility to protect all employees, from inappropriate content on the internet. They needed a flexible web filtering solution to allow them to set different access levels for employees and management. It had then become obvious that the company needed a more customized product to better manage Internet access.
Business Continuity Concerns
One foremost issue was the connectivity problem. "If Internet was down our business activities would come to a halt," Mr. Aslam said grimly. To avoid a single point of failure, multiple locations had multiple ISP links. So, multiple ISP links load balancing, and failover is also a critical need. The VPN Clients used to connect to the parent network were extremely unreliable.
The Cyberoam Solution
LLJ Property looked into a number of security products including Cisco and Juniper in order to address their business challenges. The search was on for a new appliance which would have a large number of features and would take care of all their above requirements.
Today, LLJ Property has One (1) CR100ia and One (1) CR100i which are deployed in Gateway mode at Head Office – Abu Dhabi. All the appliances are subscribed for Firewall, Anti-Spam, and Content Filtering subscriptions too.
The business benefits were as follows:
- Identity based Security
Cyberoam UTM delivered unforeseen value additions such as the award-winning identity-based security feature which provides full visibility of user activities in the network. To elaborate, after integrating Cyberoam into the LLJ Property network infrastructure, Mr. Aslam used its Active Directory Services (ADS) to include all LLJ’s Internet users in the database so their online activities could be further monitored.
- Total Perimeter Security
Cyberoam’s ICSA and Checkmark-certified firewall offers stateful and deep-packet inspection to provide granular access control over Internet and network resources. Mr. Aslam was also pleasantly surprised to control the traffic by using the MAC Address apart from the IP Address and user’s identity.
- Comprehensive Protection from Spam
Cyberoam’s Gateway Anti-Spam solution has a spam catch rate of over 98% and sucks up a huge segment of junk mails at LLJ Property with its IP reputation filters before they strike the mail servers. Subsequently, Cyberoam’s RPD-based content-agnostic anti-spam solution blocks spam in any language regardless of the content, e.g. image, audio, video or zip-based spam. The anti-spam feature is also equipped with Virus Outbreak Detection. This protects the organization against any zero day attack.
- Productive Surfing Enforced
In order to solve the problem of unrestricted surfing in the organisation, Mr. Aslam configured Cyberoam’s web content filtering feature which selectively blocks web access in the organisation without affecting productivity. This is done through Cyberoam’s constantly updated database of millions of filtered sites divided into 82+ categories including pornography, P2P, entertainment and job search.
LLJ Property users are now able to access only those sites which are permitted by IT guidelines of the organisation whereas all unauthorized sites are prohibited. The filtering blocks all malware-laden sites, P2P, Instant Messengers, illegal audio, video, streaming media and other bandwidth-guzzling downloads. Phishing and pharming sites are also no longer a cause of concern.
- Business Continuity Restored
Cyberoam supports more than two ISP links. Here in LLJ Property, multiple ISP links were load balanced ensuring business continuity as per Mr. Aslam’s requirements. The link failover feature ensures that in case of a link failure, another one takes over automatically to ensure total business connectivity.
IPSec VPN turned out to be an unforeseen benefit. The organization has now adopted Cyberoam’s IPSec VPN to ensure end-to-end business connectivity. The level of reliability is simply awesome.
- To Conclude
Summarizing his Cyberoam experience, Mr. Aslam said, “Cyberoam is phrased as an outstanding product that conveys remarkably far above the ground performance and I would strongly back it as - consistent and dependable security.”