The Barracuda Web Filter ( also known as Web Security Gateway) lets organizations benefit from online applications and tools without exposure to malware and viruses, lost user productivity, and misused bandwidth. As a comprehensive solution for web security and management, it comes with spyware, malware, and virus protection with a powerful policy and reporting engine. Advanced features ensure that organizations adapt to emerging requirements like social-network regulation, remote filtering, and visibility into SSL-encrypted traffic.

 

 

 

Barracuda Web Filter

Deployment Options: Physical Appliance |Virtual Appliance

 
 
 

 Filters Content, Malware, Social Media and Rogue App Threats

Barracuda web filter lets organization benefit from online applications and tools without getting exposed to malware, viruses , lost user productivity and misused bandwidth. The advanced features like spyware, malware, and virus protection ensure that organizations adapt to emerging requirements like social-network regulation, remote filtering, and visibility into SSL-encrypted traffic.Unlimited remote user licenses are included to enforce content and access policies for mobile and desktop devices outside of the corporate network.

 Enforce Corporate Policies

Barracuda web filter increase productivity, regulate bandwidth usage, and prevent risky behavior by enforcing granular policies on user activities and has the ability to control access to websites, application and web 2.0 platforms based on users,groups, time, bandwidth, and other criteria. SSL-filtering and inspection capabilities provide policy enforcement on social-media and search platforms that are otherwise obfuscated.

 Protect Against Web-Based Threats

Keep your networks and users safe by blocking spyware download, preventing viruses and restricting requests to malicious websites.Antivirus and anti-spyware technologies combine preventive, proactive, and reactive measures to deliver industry-leading content filtering and malware protection.

 Monitor Network and User Activity

Gain complete insight into user activity and network threats via an intuitive dashboard and integrated reporting. This clear visibility lets administrators create effective policies and generate proactive alerts to properly respond to threats.

 Secure Laptops and Mobile Devices

Extend security and policies to remote users. With the Barracuda Web Security Agent and the Barracuda Safe Browser, traffic from remote clients can be filtered with the same policies set for on-network users.Simplify Management Configurations on the Barracuda Web filter are simple and easy-to-deploy ensuring customized network protection is in place in a matter of minutes.

 

Features

 

Spyware and Virus Protection

Barracuda Web filter uses continually updated database to identify and block access to sites known to host spyware and viruses. It also detects installed spyware that tries to access the internet. Upon locating, it blocks the spyware activity and notifies the administrator. By using dual-layer virus blocking, decompressing archives,and blocking file types, the antivirus engine in the Barracuda Web Security Gateway protects networks from aggressive viruses.

Barracuda Central

Barracuda products are supported by an advanced security center known as Barracuda central, that works continuously to monitor and block the latest internet threats. Barracuda central collects data from more than 150,000 collection points worldwide and use it to develop defenses, rules and signatures.

When new threats emerge, it respond to early outbreaks quickly and delivers the latest definition through Barracuda energize updates. these require zero administration and ensure that the Barracuda Web filter provides comprehensive and accurate protection against the latest Internet threats.

Web 2.0 and Social-Media Regulation

Barracuda web filter provides granular control over web 2.0 sites and web applications,including social media platforms. Scanning and inspecting SSL-encrypted traffic for specific categories and domains enable granular policy enforcement.

Administrators can also configure the Barracuda Web filter to monitor and archive outbound web application communications like Facebook posts, tweets, and web-based email to a message archiving solution, such as the Barracuda Message Archiver. These messages can be indexed and then mined for forensic analysis. Suspicious activity alerts can also be generated using predefined or customized categories.

Application Control

Barracuda web filter uses real-time deep packet inspection technology to analyze protocols independent of their port of destination servers. By integrating Layer 7 protocol analysis with policy controls, web filter enables complete control over application usage.

Content Filtering

Barracuda web filter provides flexible controls for regulation of online activity. Administrators can create policies that control user access to 99.7 percent of commonly visited websites using 95 content categories including violence, hacking, sports, news, dating, shopping, chat, and more. 

Content filtering policies can be customized to restrict specific websites or look for patterns in web addresses. The image/multimedia safe search feature prevents search engines from displaying objectionable thumbnail images in search results. Administrators can also create policies that control web-file downloads based on file type.  

SSL Inspection

 Organizations can control online content normally hidden by SSL. This includes content found in social-media platforms, web-based email, and search engines. Administrators can specify domains and URL categories for which SSL-encrypted traffic will be decrypted and scanned for malware and policy. Not only can organizations restrict entire platforms, it’s now possible to enforce granular access for secure websites (e.g., YouTube).

Intuitive Dashboard Views

Barracuda Web filter provides an intuitive dashboard interface for discovering the threats and activities of users on the network. The changes are immediately apparent on the dashboard that features recent infection activity, potentially suspicious activities, a live view of TCP connection usage, and summary data of network usage.

Comprehensive Reporting

In organizations,IT and HR administrators often require detailed information about how Internet users in the network are spending time online.The powerful web filtering and malware protection feature of Barracuda web filter allows administrators to generate more than 60 different reports on Internet activity. the reports are interactive with multiple layers of drill-down capability and it will be on users’ web browsing activity, by domains and content categories, by time spent online, and/or by bandwidth consumption.

Suspicious Activity Alerts

Barracuda web filter includes includes pre-built English-language dictionaries of keywords and phrases pertaining to harassment, weapons, terrorism, and pornography. Administrators can configure the device to automatically generate alerts when content containing these keywords or phrases is posted to social media portals and search engines and can also add their own keywords and phrases for monitoring. The alerts are tagged with real network user identities, making it easy to identify the source, independent of online profiles.

Barracuda Web Security Agent

The Barracuda Web Security Agent (WSA) is a tamper-proof client that can be installed on remote, off-network laptops or desktops to help implement a consistent web security policy across localized and distributed workforce. The Barracuda WSA supports both Windows and Mac OS X.

Barracuda Safe Browser

The Barracuda Safe Browser is a full-featured mobile web browser that enforces compliance with the policies configured on the Barracuda Web filter. It is currently available for iOS-based devices.

Cloud-Based Centralized Management

Barracuda Web filters are integrated with the Barracuda Cloud Control (BCC) web-based management portal, which leverages Barracuda’s global cloud infrastructure enable organizations to centrally manage all their devices through a “single pane of glass” interface.

Administrators can see a global view of all their devices as well as centrally manage policies and configuration. It is easily accessible for small and medium-sized companies to implement and manage their barracuda Web filter with minimal IT overhead.

Easy-to-use Policy Configurations

 The web filter's interface allows for quick and easy configuration and administration of policy rules. Setup takes usually up to fifteen minutes or less.System information, logs, powerful policy features and reports are available just a few clicks away and reporting requires no database administration.

Simple Pricing

Barracuda web filter comes with all features and fully enabled capabilities. Content filtering and advanced malware protection is offered as a simple all-inclusive subscription without any per-user fees and Barracuda Cloud Control management portal is included free of charge.

Advanced Threat Detection

Barracuda Advanced Threat Detection (ATD) implements full system emulation, providing deep visibility into malware behavior. Files are checked against a dynamic cryptographic hash database, and any match is immediately blocked. If a match is not immediately found, or in case the file is unknown, it is delivered to our virtual sandbox for detonation where malicious behavior can be safely discovered. 

It is an optional subscription and offers Administrators file-type-based control over attachment scanning policies and is used in conjunction with our updated virus scanning engines to maintain complete protection of an organization's network. 

Chromebook Security Extension

The new Barracuda Chromebook Security Extension is a Chrome browser extension that enables remote enforcement of web security policies. This is especially useful for K-12 environments. The extension works both on- and off-network, providing security for students, even when they take their Chromebooks home.