By Sathya Mithra Ashok
Islamic Arab Insurance Company Salama, a leading worldwide provider of Shari'ah compliant insurance solutions (Takaful), has announced the successful deployment of its revamped security infrastructure based on SonicWALL's unified threat management (UTM) security platform.
Islamic Arab Insurance Company Salama, a leading worldwide provider of Shari'ah compliant insurance solutions (Takaful), has announced the successful deployment of its revamped security infrastructure based on SonicWALL's unified threat management (UTM) security platform. The new infrastructure was put in place to manage the company's growing business and network security requirements covering its headquarters in Dubai and its six branch offices there. Over the next twelve months, SALAMA intends to roll out the solution to support over 1,500 employees across the region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Senegal and Nigeria.
Salama's previous network security infrastructure, which relied on traditional Cisco routers and firewalls, was approaching the upper limits of its capabilities.
"As a leading regional financial organisation, the prime objective for revamping our security infrastructure was to secure our network from threats and intrusive elements emanating from the internet," said Rao Khalid Ali Alam, Salama's IT Manager.
Salama's eight person strong technology team worked closely with SonicWALL and GWC Networks, SonicWALL's partner in the project, to complete the deployment in a record time of one working week. Within Salama's datacentre one PRO 5060 appliance was configured as the gateway with multi-gigabit performance high-speed intrusion prevention, content filtering, gateway-enforced antivirus and ultimate scalability to manage incoming and outgoing data traffic. A PRO 2040 appliance was configured to manage the LAN and failover requirements. A costly lease line was replaced by two ADSL connections with two TZ 150 and TZ 170 appliances respectively deployed for ‘Clean VPN' connectivity for branch office access at speeds approaching traditional LAN environments.
"With our comprehensive gateway security and VPN technology Salama will benefit from increased employee productivity rates and more bandwidth resources, all in a highly secure network environment," said Shahnawaz Sheikh (pictured), SonicWALL's regional sales manager for the Middle East and Africa.For all the latest tech news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.