By Moses Nosike
The West African Examinations Council( WAEC) has deployed 28 Cyberoam units across geographical spread to boost its online services, aimed at helping thousands of private candidates in the country register for the examination.
According to the Facilities Deputy Director at WAEC, Mr. Oforha D. Chukwumaeze, the acquisition was sequel to series of security and connectivity challenges related to its business activities, which the company was facing.
Mr. Chukwumaeze revealed that the council’s Internet transactions had grown to the extent that it became its principle business enabler and the council could not now afford any compromise in matters of Internet connectivity and security.
Some of the challenges he listed include: Battening the Fringe, Supervising Website Access, VPN Connectivity , The Barricade of Fire – Firewall and Flexible Internet Connectivity.
On Battening the Fringe, the WAEC Director stated that the company was looking for a solution that would control the entire Internet traffic and provide a level of protection by allowing good traffic and denying bad traffic as defined by a security policy and that they needed to protect the network against intentional and unintentional intrusion attempts, and Denial of Service attacks and on Supervising Website Access.
He said that content filtering remained an impelling criterion in deciding on a security solution, which was needed to protect the staff from potentially harmful, Phishing and Pharming websites.
The company wants to monitor and restrict its users from accessing unproductive sites such as music, video, social networking, etc to enhance productivity and curtail bandwidth loss, while on VPN Connectivity, he said West African Examination Council has needed to provide access to sensitive data across a more secure and stable VPN, which informed its recent decision to evolve into an organization with independent networks at 28 sites supporting a large number of users.
On controlled and secure browsing + enhanced reporting, Mr. Oforha Chukwumaeze noted that the organization needed to know who was accessing what sites and as such needed an identity based filter and reporting system that would include a users’ online behavioral audit.
It would also be required to block harmful spyware/malware infested sites, which Cyberoam’s identity-based filtering allows by ensuring security and bandwidth optimization.