By Emmanuel Elebeke
With the increasingÂ wave of combined attacks on network and the corresponding high cost of running secure businesses, Ha-Shem Network Services limited in partnership with Eliecore Technologies Limited has introduced Cyberoam, a unified threat management device in to Nigeria.
Addressing newsmen shortly after an end-user interactive workshop in Lagos, Ha-Shemâ€™s technical support manager, Mr. Oghor Akpenyi said that the introduction ofÂ Cyberoam into the country was informed by the confidence the company has in the device to cut costs and check all forms of network threats as a unified threat management (UTM) device.
Apart from being a UTM, he stated that Cyberoam also allows for allocation of bandwidth in the order of priority for the company. As a multiple security solutions to combat the blended network threat in Nigeria, Akpeniyi said that the deployment of Cyberoam in an organization is capable of saving the organization so much cost and inconveniences associated with IP address-based device because it offers a unified solution and address the real security threats that come from within an organization.
With application of the bandwidth function of Cyberoam , he said that the user can effectively manage the available bandwidth, in a way that high priority users and high priority applications within the network could be adequately served.
He also explained further that Cyberoam is capable of detecting blockages in the networl channel that may arise from the activities of other users within the organization, just as he also said that the device can help the management monitor every user within the network through its time based and web site control features.
.The Ha-Shem manager saidÂ since networkÂ all over the world, including Nigeria were fast becoming sophisticated as attackers launch targeted attacks using blended forms, with a combination of external threats like viruses, worms, spyware, Trojans, phising, pharming and cross-site scripting haunt enterprise networks,Â it is only wise that a comprehensive sucurity approach with business flexibility is applied to checkmate the trend.
He noted that the traditional approach of deploying only firewalls and anti-virus solutions is no longer sufficient, hence the need for enterprises to go out for a multiple security solutions to combat such blended network threat in Nigeria.
According to him,Â enterprises are increasingly being targeted by both external and internal threats, with individuals not left out in this endless threat by attackers.
It was as a result of this he said the company organized the workshop to educate its subscribers on how best to apply the Cyberoam unified threat management solution recently launched in Nigeria, pointing out that Cyberoam insiders are compromising enterprise security out of ignorance or malicious intent.
With the Cyberoam security solutions, he said organizations will be able to close the existing gaps in their security infrastructure through proactive threat management with user identity-based controls, which will lead to a safer business environment yielding high productivity and return on investment.
Also speaking, Mahenshwari said Cyberoam UTM appliances is capable of integratingÂ best-of-breed security and productivity solutions, cost-effectively over a single platform.
â€œWith a single device to manage, a single set up and direct, unified support, these security appliances provide security to the entire organization, including remote offices and road warriors. The Cyberoam UTM Appliance delivers comprehensive protection from existing and emerging threats that include spyware, viruses, spam, DoS, phishing, and pharming attacks,â€he stated.
The Cyberoam UTM appliance features according to him include, Stateful Inspection Firewall, Gateway Anti-virus and Anti-spyware, Gateway Anti-Spam, Intrusion Prevention System, Content & Application Filtering, Bandwidth Management and Multiple Link Management.
On identity-based security, AkpeniyiÂ said the company solution gives complete visibility into â€œWho is doing Whatâ€ in the network and allows organizations to push policies at the user level based on the individualâ€™s work profile, adding that the maximum network uptime for organizations which reduces single-point-of-failure to provide business continuity makes it available to organizations.
According to him, Cyberoam prevents data leakage from the endpoints through encryption and document control over removable devices like USB drives, CD / DVDs as well as applications like email, chat applications like Skype, Yahoo, MSN, GTalk and more, network sharing and printing, just as he stated that the appliance is capable of enhancingÂ security, employee productivity and efficient management of IT assets while retaining business flexibility.
Cyberoam, is a division of Elitecore Technologies that offers comprehensive security solutions for organizations in a rapidly evolving external and insider threat environment. Cyberoamâ€™s security offerings for its global customers include: Cyberoam Identity-based Unified Threat Management (UTM), Cyberoam Endpoint Data Protection, Cyberoam Central Console (CCC), Cyberoam iView – Open Source Logging and Reporting Solution.
Other benefits of Cyberoam according to himÂ include: indentity-based with flexible policies, complete user visibility, controls all user, anywhere in the network, futureâ€“proof for Wi-Fi deployment,, low capital and operating expense and control over legal liability.