N R Institute of Business Management India Asia
Affordable, Effective Cyberoam UTM Solution for N R Institute of Business Management
About N R Institute of Business Management, Education
N R Institute of Business Management was established in 1998 as an AICTE approved postgraduate center of Gujarat Technological University imparting a two-year full-time MBA program. Since then the endeavor has been to create a strong academic infrastructure through a serene ambience, remarkable physical facilities and the ultimate in educational resources.
With one of the richest libraries in the state – boasting of more than 10,000 books, more than 110 national and international journals and more than 300 electronic resources – students have access to the best in educational resources.
Internet has become an unavoidable necessity for every institution of higher learning. It is important for the development of any country. The colleges are very much needed for the scientific advancement of the country. For making the faculties more innovative in the work force, information play vital role, for accessing information and keeping abreast with the new developments, Internet is becoming an essential human need with all its facets.
The sensitive servers of N R were under constant threat from spyware, DoS attacks, fragmented and malformed packets, blended threats and more. Hence we needed a good Internet security solution.
Mr. Hitesh Ruparel Director
N R Institute of Business Management
The challenges faced by N R institute of Business Management are as follows:
Protecting the Network Fringe and Tough IPS
The N R Institute network basically comprised of web and mail servers with no focused gateway security outline. The outside of the DMZ is under constant attack. The inside is limited to the traffic that is routed to it. The department contains the confidential document and other student’s 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 regulate user authentication and access control.
Also, the sensitive servers were under constant threat from spyware, DoS attacks, fragmented and malformed packets, blended threats and more. Therefore, they needed a strong IPS solution which would be capable in containing these threats.
Conniving Malware & Spam
In the absence of gateway anti virus & anti-spam, students & staff surfing the Web were constantly exposed to the danger of malware infestation. These malware attacks often took a blended form through email attachments, their confidential documents etc. These attacks had the potential to modify productive documents and knock down significant data. Simple routine activities were often hampered when such malware did infiltrate the system. As a result the productivity suffered.
Mr. Hitesh Ruparel, Director at N R institute of Business Management also said that it was “the increasing volume of spam emails coming into the college” that prompted us to look into the possibility of installing an anti spam solution.
As N R institute of Business Management deals with numerous student enquiries via email on a daily basis, the increase in spam emails lead o a greater risk of a valid email being deleted as it would have been mistaken for spam. This risk could have a detrimental effect on both the college and the students.
A boundary level anti-virus & anti-spam solution was required that would protect the network, scan and clean any malware or spyware over Web mail and scan all Web traffic to ensure the contents’ sanctity.
Watching Website Access
The Internet is a tremendous tool for getting tasks and communication done efficiently, but it can also act as a tool for Web surfing and waste time. Colleges frequently need their staff and students to have Internet access but equally need to ensure that access is used responsibly. Monitoring staffs & students Internet usage can be a hassle, but it is vital to ensure an efficient workplace where everyone is doing their respective jobs productively.
The college sought to keep an eye on and limit its students and staff from accessing unproductive sites such as music, video, and social networking. Opening up access to these sites for all users resulted in bandwidth getting “choked”. They wanted a suitable content filtering solution with reporting feature for showing graphs and traffic results on specific sites accessed by staff as well as students.
Business Continuity Concerns
One major concern was the connectivity problem. “If Internet connectivity is lost, critical applications such as Web and Mail Server gets affected." Mr. Ruparel said. For total business connectivity; the institute has four (4) ISP links. So they needed multiple link load balancing and link fail-over solutions.
The Cyberoam Solution
In order to address their business challenges, N R institute of Business Management looked into a number of security products. However, after seeing a trial demo of Cyberoam, they took the decision of deploying Cyberoam CR100ia in Ahmedabad.
The appliance was deployed in gateway mode. The business benefits were as follows:
- User Integration
Cyberoam UTM adds up with a unique identity-based security solution which protects against insider threats by giving absolute visibility into “Who is doing What?” in the network and allows creation of user identity-based policies. Mr. Ruparel used Cyberoam’s Active Directory (AD) facility to achieve the task of integrating N R’s users in the network through a wizard to trade in users.
- Firewall & Stopping Intrusions
N R Institute of Business Management operates Cyberoam’s ICSA and Checkmark Certified Perimeter Firewall between the Internet and the College network to establish a secure environment for the College's computer and network resources. The Perimeter Firewall is a key component of the N R network security architecture. This Perimeter Firewall Policy governs how the Perimeter firewall will filter Internet traffic to mitigate the risks and losses associated with security threats to the N R’s network.
This policy is designed to protect college computers (student and employee computers) from hacking and virus attacks by restricting access to computers on the N R’s network from people who are off-campus. It provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and the network resources. Coupled with Intrusion Prevention module, Cyberoam UTM can counter any Denial of Service attack. Mr. Ruparel now felt the network is secure.
- Gateway Level Anti-Virus & Anti-Spam
The benefits that N R institute of Business Management experienced after deploying Cyberoam were easily identifiable as the numbers of spam emails reaching users’ email inboxes plummeted. “It is a cost-effective solution as staff/students no longer have to sift through spam emails, so they are now able to focus on the job at hand,” said Mr. Ruparel.
Additionally, Cyberoam’s gateway antivirus scans all the web and mail traffic – SMTP, IMAP, POP3, HTTP, HTTPS and FTP-o-HTTP protocols and makes sure that no malware or spyware creeps through the boundary and the network is fully safe and sound against malware including root-kits, viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, backdoors, keyloggers and more.
Furthermore, the anti-virus rakes over more than 40 formats of compressed files and even freezes attachments for specified file types such as executables, media files, PDF, zipped files etc. before these blended threats can deteriorate the network.
This saves a lot of bandwidth & protects students from viruses, phishing, and spyware threats.
- Safe Browsing & Judicious Bandwidth Management
Being an educational institute, they needed the ability to instantly block web sites, enforce acceptable usage policies on their staff and students and have access to audit trails for entire user activity. Monitoring Web activity allows administrator to put a stop to a students interactions with dangerous strangers and helps prevent them from gaining access to pornographic or immoral content. Cyberoam addresses all these issues and more, by providing a flexible content filtering solution that puts the network administrator firmly in control.
Cyberoam has a content filtering database of more than 44 million Websites, categorized cleanly in 82+ categories, providing extensive control over Internet usage. All unauthorized downloads, P2P applications, pirated audio and video streaming and other harmful content is now safely blocked. Any phishing or pharming Website is disallowed to ensure that no personal information accidentally falls into the hands of criminals. The content filtering categories allow the school to create policies to block access to sites associated with spyware, phishing, key-logging, malicious mobile code and malware. All content access over HTTP, HTTPS and FTP over HTTP is controlled, scanned and made malware free.
- Continuous Data Availability
Driven by academic need of college connectivity over Internet, N R institute has four (4) ISP links. Cyberoam’s Multi-Link Manager intelligently load balances the traffic and manages link failover between the four (4) broadband links. These links terminate on Cyberoam. The Multi-Link Manager constantly monitors the performance of the links. In case of a link failure, the load is automatically transferred to the working link, seamlessly, which leads to 100% Internet uptime, and round the clock availability of requisite bandwidth. In case of a link failure, Cyberoam automatically switches the traffic to the working link. So the institute gets a transparent multilink management with no human interference.
- CTo Round it Off
“Cyberoam for N R Institute of Business Management has remained easy to install, stable, and reliable from the day we deployed in the network.” said Mr. Ruparel.