Mohinani Group, Ghana, Africa
Cyberoam Helps out Mohinani Group to have a Secure Network
About Mohinani Group, Manufacturing
The Mohinani Group is a leading second generation family business group of Indian descent, employing over 3,000 people in its multi-sector operations across various industries. With activities ranging from manufacturing of packaging & plastics to trade & distribution in chemicals/polymers/consumer durables, amongst others, the group has a key position within its respective business segments across several countries on the African sub-continent from Ghana to Kenya, as well as in international trading & service centres such as Hong Kong, London and Mumbai.
Key clients and suppliers rank amongst some of the largest and most credible companies in the world, such as LG Electronics, Exxonmobil, Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Coca Cola.
“Mohinani Group sensitive information was under constant threat with spyware and DoS attacks. Therefore, they needed a strong Firewall solution which would be capable in retorting these threats.”
Mr. Kapa Sridhar
Below mentioned are the challenges faced by Mohinani Group related to its business activities:
Mohinani Group users use Internet heavily for their daily activities, research work, for sales, advertising, to maintain solid and long term business relationship not only with its clients but also with its suppliers and consultants. Due to the rising number of Internet threats, security of their corporate data has become a key concern for them.
They wanted to put a stop to any incident of communication loss or data tampering due to eavesdropping attacks from outsiders. They were looking for ways to improve the manageability and scalability of their networks without increasing their costs. At the same time, the unprecedented continuity; 24x7 Web services were also their prime requirements.
So they needed a strong Firewall solution to fight against these attacks.
Loss of Productivity & Choked Bandwidth
Mohinani Group faced a bandwidth crunch because the available bandwidth wasn’t being used optimally. Users in the management category as well as employees were using the Internet for both official and non business related purposes, which led to bandwidth being choked to an extent that it was difficult to access corporate applications. That is when the company began to look for a URL filtering solution.
Continuous Network Uptime
Data is an important aspect of business and from this perspective; the business goal is to have continuous business connectivity. The combination of both the solutions was needed to protect the network. Continuous Internet connectivity with no breakdown or downtime was the most important requirement for Mohinani Group. In this regard, their business goal was to achieve continuous network uptime.
Also the Group was has evolved into an organization with independent networks at many sites supporting a large number of users. The primary challenges for Mohinani Group were to provide access to sensitive data across a more secure and stable VPN and to improve the management reporting on Internet usage and accessibility.
The Cyberoam Solution
Before zeroing in on Cyberoam, Mohinani Group had done a preliminary testing on Checkpoint and Linux Based Server too. But Linux Based Server failed to do any sort of web content filtering and was also a tedious manual process. Reducing exposure to inappropriate web content at work was a key reason why the Mohinani was in need of a good UTM solution.
After having a trial demo of Cyberoam, they purchased One (1) CR200i after it met their desired requirements, later deploying it in gateway mode at their head office. It led to immediate benefits for the organization as discussed under:
- The Wall of Fire – Firewall
Cyberoam ICSA and Check mark Certified Firewall offers Stateful and Deep-packet inspection to provide granular access control over Internet and network resources. It prevents unauthorized persons from accessing private networks connected to the Internet. Data entering or leaving the Intranet passes through the firewall, which examines the data and blocks data that does not meet the specified security criteria. It also implements policies based on User Identity in addition to source, destination zone, IP address and application and provides access control over all the Internet traffic.
- Controlled and Secure Browsing
One of the most important vectors of worry was the employee’s productivity. The productivity might be affected while spending precious time in unproductive surfing and messaging. Cyberoam UTM’s web content filtering feature controls Internet access in the entire organisation by blocking inappropriate and unsafe Web content, including Phishing and other malware-laden sites. Moreover, Cyberoam’s identity-based filtering allows sets individual user Internet access policy, surfing quota, time limits and bandwidth restrictions.
- Round the Clock Connectivity
Cyberoam’s Multilink manager increases the overall network performance by load balancing the network traffic between their three (3) ISP links terminating on them, delivering continuity in security. In case of failure, the load is automatically transferred to the other ISP link, which leads to 100% Internet uptime, and round the clock connectivity to their employees.
The CR200i appliance deployed at the Head Office was used to ensure IPSec VPN connectivity along with the Cyberoam appliances at branches. This allowed remote office users to seamlessly access their work 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.
- To Wind up
"Of all the solutions we looked at, Cyberoam is definitely the best fit with our technology and our needs. We highly recommend them to any corporate that wants to get a lever on its security problems and prevent unauthorized intrusions, whether from outside or inside the network. There’s nothing that Cyberoam doesn’t deliver “out of the box””, said Mr. Kapa Sridhar, the IT Manager at Mohinani Group.