Shipping company controls satellite data usage



The Challenge

IT@Sea wanted to find a supplier of gateway security devices to enable a global shipping company to manage data traffic from remote sites including supply ships operating around the world. These locations were already equipped with high latency, low bandwidth satellite connections and Cisco 2600 series routers, but the customer wanted to enhance the system to improve traffic control and reporting. In addition, it was important that a new gateway security device could perform in high availability clusters to maintain uninterrupted services in the event of hardware or software failures.

The Solution

After conducting a thorough evaluation of available Unified Threat Management (UTM) devices from all leading manufacturers using a requirement matrix to identify the top performer based on price and performance. The Cyberoam CR35ing was selected as it not only met all the customer’s requirements, but was also within budget and offered the resilience to deliver consistent performance in challenging conditions at sea.

With a high firewall throughput of 2.3Gbits/sec, the Cyberoam device is one of the fastest security appliances in its class. It has a 1.4GHz AMD G-Series T48L processor with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and an internal 250GB SATA hard drive used to store the system’s iView Syslog server reports for easy access.
The Cyberoam CR35iNG provides comprehensive traffic management functionality with web filtering, internet access and bandwidth usage policies on a per-user or group basis. Limits can be applied uploads and downloads on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. This flexible device also provides high levels of security including an SPI firewall, antivirus, anti-spam, anti-spyware, IPS, IM and web content filtering and IPsec VPNs.

IT@Sea has already deployed the Cyberoam UTM device at more than 32 locations worldwide for this customer with a further sites planned within the next 2 years.
According to Gary McDonald, Technical Director of IT@Sea:
“The CR35ing has provided us with a cost effective security solution that allows customers to quickly and easily manage their IT networks, spot unwanted traffic and deploy changes for new business applications as and when they are needed.”

The Cyberoam UTM also protects the customer against hardware failure to maintain reliable and resilient connection to the internet with full security. The latest clustering technology is used to group together two appliances to work as a single entity, ensuring high availability and enable business as usual in the event of an unexpected disruption.
The customer also specified Cyberoam’s three-year Security Value Subscription, a comprehensive package that provides technical support by email, phone and chat during normal office hours.

Formed in 2007, IT@Sea specialises in the provision of ICT solutions for organisations operating in the maritime, offshore and shipping business sectors. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of ‘best of breed’ solutions and services from system design to full implementation. Solutions including satellite communications, voice communications, crew welfare, Wi-Fi, IT hardware, networking and software.