Nazareth Hospital Kenya, Africa
Cyberoam Secures Internet Connectivity in Nazareth Hospital
About Nazareth Hospital, Healthcare/Hospital
Nazareth Hospital was established by the Consolata Missionary Sisters in 1964. It is located 25 km from Nairobi, at Riara Ridge in Kiambu District, Kenya. Named after the holy city of Nazareth, the hospital justifies its name by carrying out Jesus’ legacy of selfless service to humanity.
Today, Nazareth Hospital is run by the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (FIHM). They took over management of the Hospital in 1999 from Consolata Sisters who had started the hospital and managed it for over 35 years. It is a Catholic Mission Hospital in the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi.
Established as just a small dispensary to serve local people in the village of Riara Ridge, Nazareth Hospital has evolved into a full-fledged medical institution providing facilities like Antenatal Clinic, Dental, Laboratory, Ultrasound, VCT and HIV/AIDS services, and Nutrition Counselling.
Network security is placed quite high up in our list of priorities
Mr. Kaaria Francis
Being a modern medical facility, most of the business activities in Nazareth Hospital are carried out online. Such activities include patient-record keeping and security management. “Network security is placed quite high up in our list of priorities”, said Mr. Kaaria Francis, IT Manager at Nazareth Hospital. According to Mr. Francis, they faced the following security issues.
Uncontrolled and harmful surfing and downloading crippled the hospital network. Bandwidth intended for critical business activities was stuck up by illegitimate and harmful malware that strangulated the network’s bandwidth. Furthermore, unrestricted upload/download of streaming media caused bandwidth to get choked.
“A large portion of our network traffic was gobbled up by Spam”, said Mr. Francis. He couldn't afford to have employees wasting time sorting through these unwanted emails. They also didn't want to risk the possibility of legitimate messages being filtered out as spam. They needed a highly effective, highly accurate anti-spam software solution for their spam problem.
The Cyberoam Solution
After looking through a number of Internet security solutions, Mr. Francis decided to entrust Cyberoam with his network’s security. Nazareth Hospital purchased One (1) CR 25wi which is deployed at their main hospital at Riara Ridge in Gateway Mode.
After installation of Cyberoam, Mr. Francis noticed the following business benefits.
- Network Barricaded
Cyberoam’s ICSA and Checkmark certified firewall provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and the network resources. Cyberoam Firewall scans each and every data packet entering the network and decides whether it should be permitted or discarded. Coupled with Intrusion Prevention module, Cyberoam UTM can counter any Denial of Service attack. With a comprehensive database of 4000+ IPS signatures, Mr. Francis now feels his network is well protected from several variants of spyware attacks, spoofing and DoS attacks in addition to keyloggers, Trojans and more.
- Controlled Bandwidth
Cyberoam allows user-based limit on bandwidth, access time and volume of data transfer. Hence, Mr. Francis can control user behaviour on the internet by assigning varying bandwidth to users according to their need, controlling the time in which they can have access to the internet and limiting the volume of data which a user can upload, download or both.
- Use of Internet Optimized
Cyberoam’s Web and Application Filter allows Mr. Francis to create customized policies keeping in mind the usage of each and every user. Some users are allowed more privileges than others depending on their position in the organization. Surfing of certain harmful or unhealthy sites, like social networking and gaming sites, are closely monitored. Also, all P2P and instant messaging applications are completely corked. This keeps the employees productively focused.
- User Activities Monitored
“On-Appliance Comprehensive Reporting is one of Cyberoam’s most celebrated features,” said Mr. Francis. The reporting module includes features like Traffic Discovery, Internet Bandwidth Usage Monitors, Top Accessed Categories and Google Search Reports, which enhances the visibility of a user’s online behaviour. To top it all, this feature comes at no additional cost.
- To Conclude
“I am very happy with the product and the post-sales support provided by the Cyberoam team”, said Mr. Francis.