Cape Town’s Xepa Consulting has signed on as a reseller of security management appliances from Indian vendor Cyberoam.

With identity-based unified threat management in a single device, Xepa believes the solution is ideal for small to medium South African companies, schools and government applications.
Cyberoam offers a range of identity-based unified threat management appliances, which deliver comprehensive protection with limited investment in financial and technical resources. The ‘configure and deploy’ device offers protection from blended threats including viruses, spam, malware, phishing, and pharming.
Its identity-based security is based on ‘Layer 8’ (which refers to the user as an extension of the Open Systems Interconnect networking model) to protect organisations from internal threats that lead to data theft and loss, with complete visibility into and control over internal users.
Xepa MD Garth Francis says his company’s approach to security for SMEs, schools and other organisations where IT is necessary but not a priority, is to deploy a reliable, stand-alone solution.
“If IT is a hassle for such organisations, then security and user control is even more of a headache,” he says. “As a result, to make security both easy for our clients and highly effective, we specifically sought an appliance which could be preconfigured, deployed and left to do its thing without interruption.”
In Cyberoam, it found the balance between affordability, functionality and performance, Francis says.
He notes that the Cyberoam devices tie in with Novell Directory Services or Microsoft Active Directory to provide the capability to limit user activity on the Internet with full reporting. “A built in bandwidth manager provides for bandwidth allocation and the setting of policies to limit Internet use. In the target market for the solutions, this is a valuable feature, as for these types of organisations, bandwidth is an expensive commodity.”
Francis says Xepa is following a regimented approach to growing its vendor relationships and solution offerings.
“Certainly our approach is guided by the needs of our clients and any new relationship is entered into on the basis of mutual commitment and value creation,” he says. “With Cyberoam, we have completed training and certification on the vendor’s solutions and will afford it the focus to grow market share for its solutions.”
Already using Cyberoam internally to evaluate its performance, Francis says it has put the devices through its internal labs and achieved certification for its suitability in schools. “Orders are coming in, with a company in Mozambique becoming the first to engage with Xepa to employ Cyberoam appliances to secure its environment. We’re confident in the value this low-administration, high protection solution provides."