The SCA needed to implement firewall and web filtering protection for their project-based staff and carefully control their bandwidth use.
Implemented Smoothwall Filter and was pleased to find it delivers all the features they need to manage and monitor web access, bandwidth use, network security and their DHCP and DNS services.
What’s the background?
The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan is a non-governmental organization working to help rebuild Afghanistan after decades of war and destruction. SCA’s IT operations in Kabul are overseen by IT Manager Javid Hamdard, who looks after 400 users on 350 PCs.
What was the problem?
Internet connectivity in Afghanistan is satellite based due to the country’s lack of a physical infrastructure. As a result, bandwidth is extremely limited and connections can be unreliable. SCA also needed a security system that would be easy to use and manage, especially for users with limited knowledge of networking and security protocols.
How Smoothwall helped
Javid says SCA are now using Smoothwall as ‘a comprehensive network security and management umbrella’ which delivers all the features they need to manage and monitor web access, bandwidth use, network security and their DHCP and DNS services. Javid was also particularly impressed with the reporting features (not included in the GPL version), describing them as ‘the best he has ever used’.
“We needed an easy to use and manage security system and we found those features in Smoothwall.”
We needed an easy to use and manage security system and we found those features in Smoothwall