Wales Co-operative Centre UK, Europe
Cyberoam Aces Thin Client Environment to Provide Comprehensive Internet Security for
About Wales Co-operative Centre, Business Support
The Wales Co-operative Centre is Cardiff, UK
based organisation, conceptualized 30 years
back to help co-operatives, social enterprises,
community groups and voluntary organisations.
Since their inception, they have given a guiding
hand to emerging and established
organisations by providing responsive, reliable
and flexible support.
WCC is a business support agency funded by the Welsh Government and the Welsh European Funding Office, therefore security is at the forefront of their agenda to ensure compliance with the funder contracts.
Wales Co-operative Centre
WCC is a business support agency funded by the Welsh Government and the Welsh
European Funding Office; therefore, they have to prove that security is at the forefront
of their agenda to ensure compliance with the funder contracts. Rhys Davies, the IT
Manager, outlined the need of Internet security.
Spam was a menace that needed mitigation. No Spam ought to trickle down to the employees inboxes. If the Spam would not be downloaded from the ISP altogether, it would also save a lot of bandwidth.
Manual Intervention needed for Anti-Spam Solution
The administrator found MessageLabs - the Anti-Spam solution that WCC was using, excessively cumbersome and not very efficient. MessageLabs could not block more than 300 Spam mails per day. The flood would then descend to the users' Inboxes. The users would then send the mails to the administrator, who in turn would send them to MessageLabs for analysis and action. To block a single Spam mail, the administrator's manual intervention was mandatory and still, the time gap between reporting of Spam and action to block it would span over a few days. By the time the appropriate mechanism is in place, the Spam would have evolved, to nullify all the hard work that the administrator put in. The situation was very frustrating for Mr. Davies.
The employees ought to have a safe and secure environment while surfing from the organisation's premises. Malware should be blocked at the gateway level. All possible Malware entry points like Internet surfing downloads and mails needed to be strictly audited and the traffic ought to be made malware free. WCC owed this level of Internet security to their staff.
The Challenge of the Thin Client
The WCC staff logged into the Citrix based Virtual environment from all across the Wales. In other words, the security solution ought to be compliant with Citrix XenApp environment and remotely manageable.
Too Many Bucks, but No Bang
The Spam detection rate of an expensive solution like Messagelabs, was very low. "Censornet - the Web content filtering solution just did not have the infrastructure required to provide WCC with reliable web content filtering via their cloud based solution," Said Mr. Davies.
The Cyberoam Solution
Once bitten and twice shy, Mr. Davies set out to scour the market for an Internet security solution that would help him with his prime concerns as mentioned above. He ran into solutions like Barracuda and SpamTitan, but none measured up to his high standards. The trusted reseller advised him to buy Cyberoam, the Next Generation Security Appliance.