Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc Nigeria, Africa
Mutual Benefits Assurance Boosts Internet Security
About Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, BFSI
Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, part of Mutual
Benefits Group, commenced its operation in
1995. Mutual is a leading financial, wealth
protection company in Nigeria that provides
products and services in Life Insurance, Auto
Insurance, Health Insurance, Special Risks, and
Investment sectors. The principal objective of
Mutual is to render qualitative insurance & risks
After deploying Cyberoam, we have been able to save cost on bandwidth and we have seen an increase in employee productivity as well. Cyberoam has given us more ROI than our previous solution.
Mr. Oluwasegun Ogunbajo
Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc
Highlighting the need for a security solution with strong Content Filtering and Spam
protection features, Mr. Oluwasegun Ogunbajo, the System/Network Administrator at
Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc said, “We needed a solution that could provide control
over Internet access and safeguard our network periphery from undesired emails. In
addition, post-sales support was a key priority for us”.
According to Mr. Ogunbajo, the issues that they faced were:
Need for Web Filtering
Often Mr. Ogunbajo felt that due to the lack of proper logging and monitoring, an
invaluable resource, the Internet, was not utilized productively. There were high
chances of employees getting diverted from their tasks by accessing social networking
sites, downloading/uploading videos, music and doing other non- work related activities.
As a result, network bandwidth and employee productivity were negatively affected.
Despite using a security solution, there was no significant reduction in the number of
spam hitting the Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc’s mail server. On several occasions, a
legitimate mail was categorized as a spam. Moreover, some emails tempted employees
to click malicious links, which would ultimately lead to hassles and unacceptable loss
of productivity for the company. Mr. Ogunbajo wanted a solution that would on one
hand, provide best-in-class spam filtering feature and on the other hand, be
straightforward and easy to administer.
The Cyberoam Solution
After having dissatisfactory experience with technical support provided by a leading
security solution, Mr. Ogunbajo was looking for an alternate solution with best- of-breed
security features. They were introduced to Cyberoam by Ha-Shem Network Services
Limited – an authorized Cyberoam partner. Ha-Shem helped them scrutinize the varied
features that Cyberoam has to offer. After a thorough evaluation, they found Cyberoam
to be the best fit and were impressed, in particular, with Cyberoam’s ITIL Compliant
(ISO 20000) post-sales support. They purchased One (1) CR200iNG and Four (4)
CR15iNG Appliances. They deployed CR200iNG at their Head Office and the CR15iNG
Appliances at their Branch Offices. They deployed all the Appliances in Gateway Mode.
After deploying Cyberoam in the network, the benefits that they notice are:
- Firewall & Stopping Intrusion/Hacking Attempts
Cyberoam’s Firewall, Checkmark and ICSA certified ensures that the organization’s
network is safe from attacks like DoS, DDoS, IP Spoofing and other network attacks. It
also provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and network resources. Its
Fusion Technology blends security, connectivity and productivity by enabling the
administrators to create policies for multiple security and networking features through
With a database of 4500+ IPS signatures and
pre-configured Zone-based multiple policies,
Cyberoam’s Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)
automatically detects, blocks and drops the
suspicious mail and web traffic ensuring total
network security. Moreover, automatic & regular
signature updates via Cyberoam Threat
Research Labs provides zero-hour protection
against latest attacks.
- Monitored Website Access
Cyberoam's Identity-aware Web Filtering
solution ensures employee accountability, which
in turn leads to decrease in harmful and
unproductive surfing. The solution is backed by
an online Web categorization database
containing millions of URLs divided into 89+
categories. This helps Mr. Ogunbajo to allow the
staff to access only those websites that are
authorized by the company’s policies. The
solution blocks all proxy and malware-laden
sites, P2P, streaming media and other
bandwidth intensive download. Cyberoam’s
identity-based filtering further allows
administrators to create schedules and assign
Internet access policies, surfing quota, time
limits and bandwidth restrictions to individual
user based on their professional requirements.
Mr. Ogunbajo commented, “Cyberoam’s Web
Filtering solution has efficiently regulated the
surfing trend of our users”.
- Up-to-date Protection from Spam
Cyberoam’s Gateway Anti-Spam solution has a
spam catch rate of over 99% and absorbs a
large portion of junk mails at Gateway, with its IP
reputation filters before they hit the mail servers.
At the next level, Cyberoam’s RPD-based
content-agnostic anti-spam solution offers
protection against foreign characters and imagebased
spam with almost no cases of false
Finally, Cyberoam’s Virus Outbreak Detection
(VOD) feature automatically detects and blocks
any new malware attacks emerging from emails.
- Global Support Excellence
Cyberoam recognizes the importance of
providing a full suite of support services for its
customers. Hence, when it comes to Customer
Support, no one is close to what Cyberoam has
to offer. In fact, Cyberoam is world’s first
Network Security player and the only UTM
vendor to achieve Global ISO 20000
Mr. Ogunbajo happily quoted, “The best thing we
adore about Cyberoam is its excellent post-sales
- To Conclude
Mr. Ogunbajo concluded, “After deploying Cyberoam, we have been able to save
cost on bandwidth and we have seen an increase in employee productivity as well.
Cyberoam has given us more ROI than our previous solution”.