Saudi Engineering Group International (SEGI) Saudi Arabia, Asia
Saudi Engineering Group International (SEGI) Banks on Cyberoam for Internet Security
About Saudi Engineering Group International (SEGI), Construction & Engineering
Saudi Engineering Group International (SEGI) is a multidisciplinary engineering company belonging to Al-Saihati Group of Companies, established by Dr. Engr. Abdullah Ali Al-Saihati, the pioneering industrialist of the Eastern Province in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
SEGI servers contained applications and data which were under constant threat from spyware attacks. So they needed a strong Firewall solution.
Mr. Muhammed Shafeekh
The group was looking for one box, simple to manage perimeter defense. Mr. Muhammed Shafeekh, the IT Head for the group while explaining about the need of Internet Security, said: “We need internet for back office administration, email, FTP, to monitor staff movements, ERP and VPN etc. We were looking for a solution that was robust, flexible and still easy to manage.”
Basic Perimeter Defense
A Deep Packet Inspection Firewall was needed to control the Internet access. They also wanted to regulate the exposure of the servers placed across all their networks in the DMZ, to the external world, in addition to auditing them.
Spam and blended threats consisting of spyware and Trojans were the prime source of concern. Almost 90% of the total mail traffic was spam. Most of the time, the organization's network were clogged with un-wanted and un-solicited mails. Often genuine mails were wrongly classified as spam – false positives and deleted while spam still poured in. These mails not only cost them in terms of storage space, but also wasted staff's valuable time and efforts. SEGI was concerned about the spam problem as it would not only eat into precious bandwidth, but would also pose storage crisis.
Regulating Surfing Behavior
As one of their most critical issues, SEGI wanted to raise workplace productivity by putting a complete end to indiscriminate Internet surfing by its internal users. It also wanted the solution to ensure precious bandwidth is not wasted on downloads of audio, video and streaming files and nuisance applications like Yahoo Messenger and instead, diverted to more productive use. Moreover, Mr. Shafeekh knew, unbridled surfing represented an added layer of threat through malicious sites such as phishing and pharming which had to be resolved.
SEGI has evolved into an organization with independent networks at remote sites supporting many users. The primary challenges for SEGI were to provide access to sensitive data across a more secure and stable VPN. Internet is relied on profoundly to allow remote sites VPN access back to the main office.
The Cyberoam Solution
The organization was cautious and did an extensive market survey and a few Proof-of-Concept tests to find out the most appropriate solution to fulfill their demands. They then took the decision of deploying One (1) CR100i at the head office and One (1) CR50i, and Three (3) unit of CR25ia at the branch offices in Jeddah in Gateway mode.