Cyberoam Champions CIPA Compliance
April 20, 2018

Cyberoam Champions CIPA Compliance

Mark Yap | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Cyberoam

We first met a representative of Cyberoam at a large educational technology conference, on the expo show floor. Back in 2012, the problem to be solved at the time was related to students taking home one-to-one devices. While we were originally interested and had purchased their easy to manage home routers for our student's homes, we quickly turned our attention to their firewall UTM products. While we use other brands of firewalls, including others in the Gartner upper right quadrant, head-to-head with other vendors, no one else but Cyberoam understood K-12 education. Till this day, they're the only firewall product with 1-click Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliance. Firewall policies don't have to be established for each category as they're grouped together in an ideal way which makes overhead management very minimal. This is ideal for IT shops like ours with a small number of IT staff managing enterprise-class equipment. The firewall in this use case is specifically for a segment of our university network that has K-12 students connecting to the network. Faculty and staff of the K-12 school also connect to the same segment. We granular filter by grade level and have different policies by grade level and faculty/staff.
  • Easy to use compared to other firewall/UTM products
  • Good for SMB and enterprise, but also high marks for a K-12 use case
  • Longevity and reliability
  • Without mentioning an alternative brand, there is another leading company who has updated with firewall UI quite a bit. They offer an expanded line-up to meet a wider array of needs including specific appliances for web caching, proxy servers, and other products that have the same and familiar UI across the products. Each of the products does have some overlap so that customers can choose the right appliance for their use case.
  • After being acquired by Sophos, we saw our year-over-year costs escalate significantly since our original maintenance contract. They should consider revisiting the pricing, especially for education.
  • They should consider a current market analysis and see how the market is changing and adapting with other lower cost appliances for their product line up.
  • Positive - time and cost savings on management
  • Positive - still best in class for ease of CIPA compliance for K-12
  • Negative - escalating costs are pushing us away from the solution
At the time Fortinet wasn't open to changes and ease of use for our type of use case. Since then, the company has come a long way with ease of use of their product. We selected Cyberoam because of its UI and ease of use specifically for CIPA compliance for K-12.
We've been happy with them for the most part for use in our K-12 segment.

Please also know that the review is for thoughts and sharing and does not represent or infer a product endorsement by myself or on behalf of the University of Hawaii system.