Ventura Securities Ltd. India Asia
Ventura Deployed Cyberoam UTM to Simplify Network Infrastructure and Reduce Costs
About Ventura Securities Ltd., BFSI
Ventura Securities Ltd. (Ventura) commenced operations in 1994 as a stock broking house. On its journey from then to now, Ventura has seen the capital markets mature and investors' requirements become more diverse. It has kept up with the times and today, it offers a whole range of investment products and services. They have been appointed as a national level distributor for all mutual funds and have been enlisted as a corporate agency for life insurance. Also being a corporate member of both the BSE and the NSE, they trade in equities, derivatives, currency products and offer depository services. Ventura Commodities Pvt. Ltd., an associate company, is a trading member of MCX and NCDEX.
The company contains the client sensitive information and data that can be possibly targeted by attacks from external entities and outside access attempts. Thus they needed a strong Firewall solution.
Mr. Intikhab Alam Ganai
Sr. Network Specialist
Ventura Securities Ltd.
Elucidating about the organization’s Internet security requirements Mr. Intikhab Alam Ganai, the Sr. Network Specialist at Ventura said, “We needed a solution that would control unproductive and harmful surfing.”
Securing the Periphery
Locked offices and buildings cannot protect information if the computers holding it are open to everyone on the network. Ventura contains public servers, such as e-mail and web, which are exposed to the outside world in order to perform their function. Mr. Alam wanted a solution that would control the entire Internet traffic and establish clear-cut boundaries between the internal networks and the outside world. Therefore, they needed a strong Firewall solution which would be capable in retorting these threats.
Control over Internet-Based Applications
In the absence of a Web content filtering solution, the employees wasted precious productive time in unproductive surfing and chatting. In many instances, unbridled and un-audited surfing, downloads, P2P usage and Instant Messaging applications ate into the precious bandwidth that powered the business critical applications. The organization needed to know who was accessing what sites and as such needed a content filtering solution that could provide audit data for users’ online behaviour. Ventura sought an Internet filtering solution that would not only save bandwidth, but also help increase productivity and best serve the company’s bottom line. “We needed a solution that would enable us to cut back on bandwidth usage and costs, rather than create new expenses” adds Mr. Alam.
Business Continuity Concerns
One major issue was the connectivity problem. "If Internet was down our business activities would come to a halt," Mr. Alam 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
After scouring the market for the correct solution, Ventura purchased a Cyberoam CR500ia UTM appliance which was deployed in Gateway mode at their head office in Mumbai. One (1) CR35ia and Three (3) CR15i were deployed at their branch offices in Bridge mode.