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Malaysian university upgrades Barracuda security

AvantiKumar | March 22, 2013
UniMAP upgrades its security infrastructure with a firewall solution from US-based Barracuda Networks.

Thiban Darmalingam, Regional Manager for Barracuda in Malaysia modified


Photo - Thiban Darmalingam, Regional Manager for Barracuda in Malaysia.

Malaysian engineering university Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) has upgraded its security management with a solution from US-based security and storage provider Barracuda Networks [Barracuda].

UniMAP's information and communication technology centre director Nasrudin Abd Shukor said the procurement of Barracuda WAF [Web Application Firewall] in December 2012 was an upgrade from its implementation of Barracuda's spam and virus firewall solution in 2008.

"On average - every hour of the day, we were being subjected to five to 10 SQL [structured query language] injection attacks that were becoming a high risk to our confidential data," said Nasrudin, "We needed a solution that could secure our network performance, scalability and ensure non-interruption for constant and reliable online access."

He added that during the past 10 years, the university's enrolment has increased significantly by 25 percent to a total of 8000 students. "The university required a solution that would be able to cater to its constantly growing faculty and student population across 30 different campuses."

"We decided to continue to engage Barracuda as they took the time to understand our security needs, recommended the right technology that suited our environment and continuously provided us with expert, helpful, and friendly support whenever we needed it," said Nasrudin.

 Procurement model

As well as providing essential blocks to cyber attacks, Barracuda''s WAF solution's 'No Per-User / Per-Server fees' was a key value to UniMAP, he said. "This procurement model for the IT security solution ensures that the university's growing population does not create an inhibiting cost in the future."

"Barracuda was an obvious choice for us as the solution's reverse-proxy architecture and single point protection ensured we had a high level of security for all our inbound and outbound Internet traffic as well as peer-to-peer interactions," said Nasrudin. "The WAF's real-time interface enables our team to easily manage and monitor all web applications across our network."

"We wanted to make sure that their investment today would not burden the university while at the same time it would provide them with one of the best future-proof security
solutions available in the market today," said Thiban Darmalingam, the regional manager for Barracuda in Malaysia.

 "In addition, Barracuda has more than 150,000 customers around the world, giving us incredible visibility to the changing threat landscape," said Darmalingam. "Each day, thousands of new threats are discovered by our security analysis team, and our experts' work 24x7 to monitor and block the latest Internet threats within minutes of discovery, WAF users will receive Energize Updates that will instantly deliver the needed protection to block these serious threats."


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