Mazista Tiles Johannesburg South Africa, Africa
Cyberoam Helps Mazista Tiles Tackle Internet Content Security Challenge
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
Managing Director
Mazista Tiles


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 department.

  • 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 exploits. After installing Cyberoam the inboxes were clean and spam free. This situation is also reflected in the saved bandwidth.

  • Reporting

    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.

  • Conclusion

    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.”