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Wade Adams contracting has improved security levels and implemented effective bandwidth management at its sites in the region with the help of Cyberoam's UTM appliances.

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By  Sathya Ashok Published  September 12, 2007

Wade Adams is a contracting company based in the Middle East with operations largely focused on the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain. The company, with its headquarters in the UAE, is involved in building and civil engineering contracting and specialises in roads, civil, drainage and water works. According to the company, its infrastructural projects in the region are valued in excess of US$1.15 billion.

As with any construction company in the region, the organisation manages multiple sites at any point in time across diverse and geographically remote locations.

Traditionally, we had not used any security elements at the sites. However, with internet usage on the increase we felt the need to protect users and infrastructure.

"These offices, by their very structure, are temporary in nature. Originally, we provided all connectivity to these sites through an internet connection via the normal ADSL modem/router that is provided with an Etisalat connection. Recently though we felt the need for an additional product that would give us more features and functions," says Asraph Ali, IT manager for Wade Adams.

The security concern

Wade Adams felt the need for a solution that would deliver three key elements to their site locations - security, bandwidth management and a certain level of user level authentication and management.

"Traditionally, we had not used any security elements at our site offices. However, with internet usage on the increase, we felt the need to protect the users and infrastructure.

"That was not the end of it. We needed a system that would provide us with features that went beyond security. We required a solution that would also provide us with bandwidth management capabilities, web filtering options and content monitoring modules which could effectively prevent unauthorised downloads by users," adds Ali.

According to Ali, the firm felt the need for these particular functions in the device because of unbridled downloads from the internet by users at the site level. This reckless usage left a lot of the users vulnerable to viruses. Unaware users could also potentially infect the internal network with malware and spyware downloaded from the web.

Additionally, the rise in internet usage and the huge downloads were increasing connectivity costs for the construction company.

Wade Adams needed a security appliance that was easily configurable and manageable even at the company's remote sites.

Only a few personnel at the construction site were actually given net access. Even within these limited users there were differing requirements. A site supervisor's requirements from the internet varied widely from a project leader's needs.

Consequently the security policies for every individual had to be precise and granular to cater to their specific needs. The device that the firm picked had to be capable of providing the desired level of detailed user level functionality.

Most employees at the site accessed the company's mail server through a web-client interface. This created a need for strong firewall capability at the construction sites. The firm also felt the need for reliable antivirus and anti-spam solutions that would guard their HTTP, SMTP, IMAP, POP3 and FTP protocols.

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