Mazista Tiles Johannesburg South Africa, Africa
Cyberoam Helps Mazista Tiles Tackle Internet Content
About the Mazista Tiles, Building Material
Since its inception in 1927, when the company launched its slate quarry operation in the
North West Province, Mazista Tiles has consistently produced top quality slate tiles for
roofing, flooring, wall cladding and other applications in the South African market.
Today the company exports tiles to Australia, New Zealand, the Far East, the Middle
East, Europe, UK and a number of centres in the USA and Canada. For the past 15
years, Mazista has been expanding its range of products which now includes materials
sourced from as far afield as China, India, Brazil, Turkey, Italy and Spain.
The organization was looking for a Content Security and Control solution for its head
office and eleven (11) branch offices.
As a non-IT company, Mazista
could not afford a solution that
incurs high capital and
operational overheads. Simple
and Effective were the two
primary qualities that we were
looking for in a product.
Mr. Michael Tully
Elucidating about the organisation’s Internet security requirements Mr. Michael Tully,
the Managing Director of Mazista Tiles said, “When we talk about content security, we
mean all content accessible over the Internet. We needed a solution that would control
unproductive and harmful surfing and also control mail and file transfer.”
In summary, Mazista was looking for a single box solution that would offer:
- Web Content Filter: The organisation needed to know who was accessing what sites
and as such needed an identity based filter and reporting system that would include
a users’ online behavioural audit. It would also be required to block harmful
spyware/malware infested sites.
- Anti Spam Solution: This was required to keep mails secure and in-boxes clean.
Ideally it would be a ‘deploy-and-forget' solution that didn’t need to be ‘trained’ to
identify spam mails. By the time such solutions are trained, the spam pattern
changes. This greatly reduces the effectiveness of these anti-spam offerings.
In this light, the spam filtering was required to be totally automated and perform
irrespective of the language and content of the mail with an absolute minimum
amount of false positives - as no organisation can afford to lose a single business
opportunity should a legitimate email being wrongly classified as spam.
- Anti Virus Solution: A perimeter level anti-virus solution was required that could
protect the network, scan and clean any malware or spyware over Web mail and
scan all Web traffic to ensure the contents’ sanctity.
Mazista tried a number of vendors’ products, but found that they either demanded a
steep, one-time capital expenditure or they were complex and difficult to deploy and
maintain – creating costly operational overheads. The recurring expenditure of renewal
was also costly in most instances. Many products also failed to fulfill all the security
needs required of them, often delivering no malware or spam protection in application
testing. Mr. Tully stressed that as a non-IT company, Mazista could not afford a solution
that incurs high capital and operational overheads.
After experimenting with a range of products, Mazista decided to try Cyberoam UTM
and contacted a local Cyberoam authorised reseller, Strategic IT Solutions.
The Cyberoam Solution
Working with Channel Data, the South African Cyberoam distributor, Strategic IT
Solutions integration specialists were able to demonstrate the ease with which
Cyberoam was able to blend seamlessly into the Mazista corporate network
infrastructure and resolve all problems.
As a result, Mazista procured one Cyberoam CR 100i and eleven CR 25i UTM
appliances through Strategic IT Solutions which also undertook the installation and
commissioning of the products – and will continue to provide backup technical support
into the future.
These appliances provide transparent content security to the Mazista head office and all
the branch offices. Importantly, Mazista also subscribed to the content filtering, anti-virus
and anti-spam features of Cyberoam UTM, encouraged by the performance of the
product in tests undertaken in consultation with Strategic IT Solutions.
- Content Filtering
Cyberoam's identity-based filtering enables the administrator to
locally create a list of users and assign Web access rights to them as per their
professional profile and designations. Cyberoam's content filtering database has more
than 44 million sites neatly grouped into more than 82 categories.
With identity and time as additional parameters, the administrator has granular controls
and unparalleled flexibility. Spyware, phishing and pharming sites are blocked to ensure
that no employee is duped into compromising his or her personal and professional
information. P2P, unauthorised and illegal downloads are now out of bounds for all
employees. Using a combination of identity, IP address, service and time schedules, the
administrator can now create policies to allow controlled access to a few unproductive
sites during stipulated time periods.
- Anti Virus
Cyberoam's gateway anti-virus solution watches over the Web and mail
traffic. All traffic, including HTTP and FTP and mail traffic over SMTP, IMAP and POP3,
is scanned for malware and sanitised. All compressed files are decompressed and
checked for any hidden malware. This level of all-round anti-virus security prevents
virus outbreaks and translates into fewer housekeeping calls to Mazista’s IT
- Anti Spam
Cyberoam's gateway anti-spam solution now checks all inbound and
outbound mails for spam. According to the initial requirement, it is truly a 'deploy and
forget’ solution. With a spam detection rate of 98% and a false positive rate as low as
one false positive per 100,000 mails, Cyberoam's spam filter ensures that Mazista’s inboxes
are spam-free and no mail-based business opportunities are lost. All this
efficiency is achieved by the solution's inherent adaptive intelligence. Irrespective of the
language and the content of the mail, spam is detected and action taken.
The anti-spam solution also has a unique feature - Virus Outbreak Detection (VOD).
Using this feature, Cyberoam detects and blocks any zero day attack and vulnerability
After installing Cyberoam the inboxes were clean and spam free. This situation is also
reflected in the saved bandwidth.
On-appliance comprehensive reporting is one of Cyberoam's most
significant features. Reports include ‘Internet bandwidth usage’, ‘top accessed sites’ as
well as Google search reports, which enhance the visibility of users’ online behaviour.
The ‘traffic discovery’ report helps the administrator identify the amount of bandwidth
used by various applications. This also helps separate the ‘bandwidth grabber’
applications from business critical applications.
Strategic IT Solutions’ MD Ian Verhulp said, “We supplied a single box solution that we
knew would protect Mazista and enhance return-over-investment in the long term.”
Mr. Tully of Mazista opined, "“Our relationship with Strategic IT Solutions has been a
positive experience and our Cyberoam purchase has been a prudent security
investment which has already yielded a high return. Cyberoam's comprehensive content
security boosts our connectivity and productivity. It also prevents significant Internet
bandwidth wastage. It’s a simple solution that seamlessly integrates into the network
and has future-proofed the company’s security and productivity.”