Rural Electrification Agency, Zimbabwe, Africa
Cyberoam UTM: A Comprehensive Security Provider for Rural Electrification Agency
About Rural Electrification Agency, Energy
Rural Electrification Agency (REA) offers a
variety of services and products that are
meant to promote rural development and
enhance economic empowerment of
ordinary villagers under its mandate of
providing access to energy to all the rural
areas of Zimbabwe. Services offered
include provi ding electricity in rural areas
in all its diverse forms such as the
conventional grid electricity, installation of
mini grid solar systems, developing mini
hydro power generation stations, building
biogas and biomass energy projects and
many others still untapped. After
electrifying the institutions, REA assists
beneficiaries of electricity to procure
machinery so that they embark on
profitable business ventures to transform
their livelihoods as opposed to the use of
electricity for only lights and cooking.
Since, the solutions we used were not unified and did not provide comprehensive defence, they did not satisfy our needs
Mr. Daniel Banhamombe
Rural Electrification Agency
Mr. Daniel Banhamombe, the Network Administrator at REA said, “We used Untangle
and open source s olutions for securing our network. But since they were not unified
and did not provide comprehensive defence, they did not satisfy our needs.”
Spam Causing Hassles for the Organization
Mr. Banhamombe stated, “We had a massive problem with Spam Emails due to which our mail server IP Address got blacklisted. As a result we were unable to send Emails outside the organization, causing a negative impact on the business operations.”
Unsecured Network Fringe
Mr. Banhamombe stated, “Our network contained sensitive data like tenders, projects, accounts, employee details, etc which was under constant threat from DoS, IP Spoofing, Man-in-the -Middle and other network attacks.” Hence, due to the lack of deep packet inspection, while thinking about the security of network infrastructure, he was worried that even a single successful intrusion could lead to intolerable consequences for their business.
Excessive Usage of Internet
Mr. Banhamombe often found employees wasting thei r precious time in unproductive activities like surfing, chatting, accessing social networking websites, etc. This affected productivity as well as the bandwidth. Many a times, due to these activities, even legitimate applications became difficult to access, causing bandwidth deficiency. This hampered the business benefits. Hence, expressing his distress Mr. Banhamombe mentioned, “We were unable to get rid of the heavy unnecessary bandwidth applications that posed security threats on our network."
The Cyberoam Solution
Being dissatisfied with the prior solutions, REA searched for another better solution
that could provide them with unified and comprehensive security. During their search,
they found all their expectations in Cyberoam and purchased One (1) CR200iNG.
They deployed it at Gateway Mode in Harare (Head Office).