Cyberoam Promises Security to a Shareholder Company - United OFOQ
About United OFOQ, BFSI
United OFOQ Corp is a professional and dynamic shareholder company, established in 1997 with a strong and experienced management team backed with a sound financial and manufacturing basis and strong potential for growth.
Their focus is to ensure that their clients, continue to lead into this new age and new business environment. Fostering more profitable IT relationships and improving business performance are also in the core of their business.
Moreover, they seek to help their partners understand the direction and pace of change in their industry and work through the identification and analysis of leading-edge innovations and strategies.
The network covered sensitive information which was under constant threat from spyware and DoS attacks. So they needed a strong Firewall and IPS solution.
Mr. Sameh Mustafa
The IT Manager, Mr. Sameh Mustafa at United OFOQ outlined the basic requirements saying, “Internet is one of the most business critical resources for our organization.”
Mr. Mustafa was looking for a single box solution that would offer:
Securing the Periphery
United OFOQ deals with tons of data everyday -- data that belongs to the company and data that belongs to their customers. This data is extremely critical and the loss of which could plummet them into a smorgasbord of problems. It was extremely significant to put a stop to any incident of communication loss or data tampering due to eavesdropping attacks from outsiders. So they needed a strong Firewall and IPS solution to fight against these attacks.
Loss of Productivity & Choked Bandwidth
United OFOQ faced a bandwidth crunch because the available bandwidth wasn’t being used optimally. Users in the management category as well as employees were using the Internet for both official and non business related purposes, which led to bandwidth being choked to an extent that it was difficult to access corporate applications. The organization wanted to monitor and restrict its users from accessing unproductive sites such as Music, Video, Social networking & Streaming media. Phishing, Pharming and nasty Websites also needed to be plugged away. That is when the company began to look for a URL filtering solution.
Business Continuity Concerns
United OFOQ has evolved into an organization with independent networks at remote sites supporting many users. The primary challenges for United OFOQ 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.
Another major issue was the connectivity problem. "If Internet was down our business activities would come to a halt," Mr. Mustafa said. To avoid a single point of failure, multiple locations had multiple ISP links. So, multiple ISP links load balancing, and failover is also a critical need.
The Cyberoam Solution
Mr. Mustafa studied the market carefully and tested out many other products including Sonicwall but they found that Cyberoam was cost-effective compared to the other products. The most important point to swing the final procurement decision was that, despite being a cost effective solution, United OFOQ did not have to compromise on its wish-list and quality.
After much analysis, they decided to deploy One (1) Cyberoam CR100ia appliance at the head-office, Cairo in Gateway mode.
The business benefits were as follows:
- Perimeter Secured – Intrusions Eliminated
Cyberoam’s ICSA and Checkmark - dual certified firewall offers stateful and deep-packet inspection, by protecting United OFOQ’s internal networks from DoS attacks and IP spoofing attacks.
Cyberoam’s Intrusion Prevention System has a customized database of over 3000+ signatures which reach deeper than a firewall and anti-virus to ensure second level protection for the United OFOQ network from blended threats, backdoor attempts and more. To safeguard their business-critical activities, it further allows detection and prevention of spyware by Cyberoam IPS, preventing spyware in the network from sending out sensitive data.
- Premium Filtering & Bandwidth Management
“With Cyberoam’s Content Filtering Solution we can tailor, the web filtering policies to suit our needs,” notes Mr. Mustafa. “We can even make customized policies and quickly push them out to the users. Plus, by eliminating traffic to undesirable sites, we can free up bandwidth for legitimate office activities.” With a database powered with 82 categories and more than 44 million sites, Mr. Mustafa has matchless flexibility to configure security policies.
Cyberoam also filters the usage of HTTPS based sites with the help of its keyword and URL filtering techniques as well as Signature based detection technique. Moreover, to control notorious employees, SSL traffic filtering can be applied on individual user or group of users, single URL, group of URLs or entire URL category.
- Business Continuity Restored
Cyberoam supports more than two WAN links. Here in United OFOQ, multiple ISP links were load balanced ensuring business continuity as per Mr. Mustafa’s requirements. The link failover feature ensures that in case of a link failure, another one takes over automatically to ensure total business connectivity.
SSL VPN turned out to be an unforeseen benefit. The organization has now adopted Cyberoam’s SSL VPN to ensure end-to-end business connectivity. The level of reliability is simply awesome.
- To Wrap it Up
Discussing regarding his Cyberoam experience, Mr. Mustafa commented, “We are more than happy with the service which has been provided. Cyberoam is an unyielding product with some excellent features - very trouble-free to set up and direct.”