Barracuda unveils Web Security Gateway Updates to boost threat protection, network performance

Barracuda launched Tuesday Barracuda Web Security Gateway version 11.0 that offers customers advanced security protection and improved SSL scanning performance, as well as the ability to enforce policy configuration on Chromebooks.

Barracuda Web Security Gateway is purpose built to enable organizations to benefit from online applications and tools, while preventing exposure to web-borne malware and viruses, and limiting lost user productivity and misused bandwidth. With version 11.0, Barracuda Web Security Gateway combines web security functionality with next-generation firewall capabilities allowing for more robust, complementary security protection managed from a single pane of glass.

Barracuda Web Security Gateway version 11.0 is available immediately at no additional charge to existing customers on supported platforms with an active Energize Updates subscription. Barracuda Web Security Gateway list price starts at US$1499 for the appliance and list price of $399 for Energize Update subscriptions. Optional Instant Replacement subscriptions are available starting at $349.

Barracuda is currently offering a promotion for customers interested in purchasing Web Security Gateways with Barracuda NextGen Firewalls. Barracuda Chromebook Security Extension and remote filtering agents are available at no additional charge to Barracuda Web Security Gateway customers on supported platforms with an active Energize Updates.

Barracuda Advanced Threat Detection is available for Barracuda Web Security Gateway customers as an annual subscription.

Barracuda Web Security Gateway now offers integration with Barracuda Advanced Threat Detection, a cloud-based microservice designed to detect and protect against ransomware or other targeted attacks. Customers can add this additional layer seamlessly – without requiring complex or expensive firewall upgrades – providing complete protection for users browsing online.

The Barracuda Advanced Threat Detection microservice is integrated with multiple Barracuda product lines, including Barracuda NextGen Firewall, Barracuda Essentials, and now Barracuda Web Security Gateway.

Mozilla recently reported that for the first time ever, 50 percent of page loads in a day were HTTPS, or SSL encrypted. This encryption gives users peace of mind when sending sensitive information such as credit card data or passwords; however, it also presents a significant challenge to administrators now that it is increasingly being used to hide inappropriate or malicious content. At the same time, SSL Inspection is a resource intensive function, which puts strain on network performance.

Barracuda Web Security Gateway version 11.0 includes built-in SSL acceleration hardware cards to models 610 and higher, doubling the performance. This SSL acceleration technology significantly improves the ability to inspect, secure, regulate and monitor SSL encrypted web traffic.

Security, policy enforcement and monitoring tasks that require detailed inspection of web traffic can be performance intensive and have an adverse impact on the performance of UTMs and firewalls.

Barracuda Web Security Gateway can be deployed with Barracuda NextGen Firewalls and now, with any existing third-party UTM or firewall, which allows each device to perform the functions that it does best. When used with an existing UTM or firewall, the Barracuda Web Security Gateway provides the layered security, granular filtering and reporting that IT admins typically need, while also shouldering the burden required to do so, resulting in improved security, network performance gains, and increased visibility.

“There is an increasing reliance on web-based applications like Office 365 for businesses and G Suite for schools. With web-borne threats at an all-time high and encrypted traffic becoming the norm, web security has shifted to a top priority for organizations of all sizes and especially for educational institutions supporting mobile devices and users. With the new updates announced today, Barracuda Web Security Gateway is positioned better than ever to provide solid protection against these advanced threats, and to help companies and schools make the most of their web access,” said Hatem Naguib, senior vice president and general manager, Security Business, Barracuda.

“Barracuda provides the flexibility needed for today’s diverse IT networks. For example, we recently moved to Microsoft Office 365 and with Barracuda, we were able to easily move our on-premises email security to the cloud with Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 Email Security edition,” said Eric Powell, Network Administrator, Bauer Evans, Inc. “With that move, we also decided to add the Barracuda Web Security Gateway with the new ATD subscription to ensure that our web and email traffic remain secure, and that all of our users remain safe.”

“As organizations increasingly rely on web-based applications for productivity, the advanced web-borne threats create serious security concerns,” said Kevin Sena, CEO and Owner, Viperline Solutions, a Barracuda Premier Partner. “Barracuda is a trusted partner and we look forward to extending the latest Barracuda Web Security Gateway updates to our mutual customer base to help them protect against APTs and improve network performance.”

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