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Barracuda Web Security Service

Cloud-Based Web Content Filtering and Malware Protection


Barracuda Web Security Service

Barracuda Web Security Service Edition
Web Security Service Account - 1 Year
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Barracuda Web Security Service Overview:

The Barracuda Web Security Service is a comprehensive and affordable cloud-based Web Security Service that protects both inbound and outbound email against the latest spam, viruses, worms, phishing and denial of service attacks. The Barracuda Web Security Service leverages advanced security technologies from the industry-leading Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall and features rich cloud-based protection, including:

  • Rate control and Denial of Service (DoS) protection
  • Reputation-based blocking from known spam and malware sources
  • Patent-pending Barracuda Anti-Virus Supercomputing Grid
  • Anti-phishing, using the Barracuda Anti-Fraud Intelligence
  • Protection against spam, phishing, fraud and other emails with malicious intent
  • Custom sender/recipient policy
  • Data Loss Prevention
  • Email encryption

Protect Distributed Locations and Remote Users Against Web-Borne Threats

As a cloud-based service, the Barracuda Web Security Service provides a convenient option to deploy Barracuda's powerful web security technology for organizations looking to leverage the scalability and flexibility of the cloud. Ideal for safeguarding users on and off the network, the solution unites award-winning spyware, malware, and virus protection with a powerful policy and reporting engine.

Barracuda Web Security Service architecture:

Barracuda Web Security Service architecture

Comprehensive Web Filtering Made Easy

Today's connected business needs a fast, easy way to employ robust web security and policy enforcement. The Barracuda Web Security Service leverages the elasticity of the cloud to ensure quick, easy deployment, seamless scalability, and reliable security. Users are protected everywhere they use the web – from their company desktop computers to their off-network mobile devices.

The Barracuda Advantage

  • Regulate Web 2.0 activity
  • Real-time definition updates for fast response to zero-hour threats
  • Data centers located around the world
  • Pay as you go; simple scalability
  • Unlimited remote-filtering agents

Product Spotlight

  • Predefined content-filtering categories
  • Granular, user-aware policies
  • Detailed, real-time visibility
  • Integrated malware and virus protection
  • Protection for off-network laptops and mobile devices
Comprehensive Web Security

Comprehensive Web Security

The Barracuda Web Filter is continually updated with the latest malware signatures, suspicious URL listings, and online application functionality. And as new requirements emerge—such as the need to monitor and regulate social-networking activities—upgrading with new capabilities is automatic, and always transparent.

Flexible Deployment with Cloud Elasticity

Flexible Deployment with Cloud Elasticity

The Barracuda Web Filter's intuitive management interface delivers detailed, real-time visibility into network activity and web interactions. This lets administrators identify users and applications that waste bandwidth and harm productivity, and enforce granular policies to regulate access without impacting legitimate business uses.

Security Beyond Boundaries

Security Beyond Boundaries

Enforcing access policies on remote and mobile devices that are used off-network is critical for preventing malware intrusions into the network, and for preventing data loss. The Barracuda Web Filter includes unlimited licenses for agents and tools that ensure users and devices are protected whether they are on the network or at a public Wi-Fi hotspot.

Benefits:

WS Cloud
Protect Against Web and Application-Based Threats

Deploy immediate protection against the latest web-based virus and malware threats. The Barracuda Web Security Service employs preventive, proactive, and reactive measures to deliver industry-leading antivirus and anti-malware technologies to block spyware downloads, prevent viruses, and block requests to malicious websites. By leveraging intelligence collected from thousands of collection points in more than 80 countries, the Web Security Service is able to quickly and comprehensively respond to early security outbreaks.

Key Features: Spyware and Virus Protection, Barracuda Central, Application Control

Monitor Network and User Activity

Monitor Network and User Activity

Monitoring web activity is straightforward using the intuitive dashboard and reports. Intuitive graphs in the dashboard give real-time activity summaries with drill-downs for users, websites, and more.

Key Features: Content Filtering, YouTube for Schools, Intuitive Dashboard Views, Comprehensive Reporting

Secure Laptops and Mobile Devices


Secure Laptops and Mobile Devices

Deliver uniform protection and policy enforcement to devices on and off the network including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Mobile security is offered free of charge as a standard feature of the Web Security Service.

Key Features: The Barracuda Web Security Agent, The Barracuda Safe Browser

Simplify Management

Simplify Management

As a cloud service, the Barracuda Web Security Service takes Barracuda's intuitive management features and streamlines operations by eliminating the cost and management burdens of hardware and data- center resources.

Key Features: Cloud-Based Centralized Management, Easy-to-Use Policy Configuration

Features:


Spyware and Virus Protection

The Barracuda Web Security Service uses a continually updated database to identify and block access to sites known to host spyware and viruses. It also detects installed spyware trying to access the Internet. Upon discovery, 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 Filter protects the network from aggressive viruses.

Barracuda Central

All Barracuda products are supported by Barracuda Central, a 24x7 advanced security operations center that works continuously to monitor and block the latest Internet threats. Barracuda Central collects data from more than 150,000 collection points worldwide and analyzes it to develop defenses, rules, and signatures. As new threats emerge, Barracuda Central is quick to respond to early outbreaks and delivers the latest definitions through Barracuda Energize Updates. These updates require zero administration and ensure that the Barracuda Web Security Service provides comprehensive and accurate protection against the latest Internet threats.

Application Control

In addition to standard port/protocol-based policies, the Barracuda Web Security Service 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, the Barracuda Web Filter enables complete control over application usage.

Content Filtering

The Barracuda Web Security Service provides flexible controls for pinpoint 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 pornography, 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 Barracuda Web Security Service’s image/multimedia safe search feature prevents search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN from displaying objectionable thumbnail images in search results. Administrators can also create policies that control web file downloads based on their file types.

YouTube for Schools

YouTube for Schools is an invaluable resource for educators, serving as a portal to a wide array of high-quality educational videos. The Barracuda Web Security Service makes it easy and safe to use this resource, by automatically redirecting all YouTube requests to the YouTube for Schools portal.

Intuitive Dashboard Views

The Barracuda Web Security Service provides an intuitive dashboard interface for quick understanding of the threats and activities of users on the network that features top spyware and malware threats, application requests, and user activity.

Comprehensive Reporting

In addition to its powerful web filtering and malware protection capabilities, the Barracuda Web Security Service allows administrators to generate reports on user and network activity as well as the latest security threats.

The 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 workforces. The Barracuda WSA supports both Windows and Mac OS X devices.

The Barracuda Safe Browser

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

Cloud-Based Centralized Management

The Barracuda Web Security Service is integrated with the Barracuda Cloud Control (BCC) web-based management portal, which leverages Barracuda’s global cloud infrastructure to enable organizations to centrally manage all their devices through a “single pane of glass” interface. Administrators have a global view of all their devices, as well as the ability to centrally manage policies and configuration. The intuitive interface makes it easy for small and medium-sized organizations to implement and manage the firewalls with minimal IT overhead.

Easy-to-Use Policy Configuration

As a cloud-based service with an intuitive web interface, organizations are able to set configuration and administration rules in a matter of minutes. The intuitive web interface puts system information, logs, powerful policy features, and reports a few clicks away. Reporting requires no database administration.

Technical Specifications:


Virus and Malware Protection
Virus and Malware Protection

  • Signature-based antivirus detection
  • Heuristic malware analysis
  • Real-time script interpreting and AJAX analysis
  • Monitors HTTP traffic for bot signatures
  • Threat intelligence detection of botnets, exploit kits, and rogue antivirus

Application Control
Application Control

  • Control and reporting of more than 50 web-based applications
  • Communications and instant messaging clients
  • Peer-to-peer/file-sharing software
  • Streaming media
  • Control of various browsers

Deployment Options
Deployment Options

  • Cloud filtering via direct proxy or transparent forwarding
  • Barracuda Safe Browser: enforced policy control and protection for for iOS
  • Barracuda Web Security Agent: enforced policy control and protection for Windows and Mac laptop and desktop computers
  • Barracuda Web Security Service for ISA Server: add-in for seamless integration with Microsoft ISA Server

Enterprise Integration
Enterprise Integration

  • Integrated authentication and group lookup
  • Transparent user identification
  • Role-based administration
  • Directory service integration with Active Directory and LDAP
  • Automated or manual directory upload
  • Multiple proxy configurations: direct/explicit or transparent
  • WCCP and policy-based routing

Barracuda Web Security Agent for Windows and Mac
Barracuda Web Security Agent for Windows and Mac

  • Enforces policy and security protection through the service
  • Tamper-resistant to prevent user bypass or reconfiguration
  • Silent install for enterprise deployment
  • Supports policies based on users and groups

The Barracuda Safe Browser for iOS
The Barracuda Safe Browser for iOS

  • Enforces policy and security protection through the service
  • Easy-to-use tabbed browsing
  • Centrally managed bookmarks
  • Twitter and email link sharing
  • ocation tracking for devices
  • Printing support for AirPrint printers

URL and Content Filtering
URL and Content Filtering

  • Real-time page content analysis and reputation scoring
  • 96 categories organized in seven supercategories
  • Whitelist and blacklist by domain
  • File type/extension and web content type filtering

Web Acceleration
Web Acceleration

  • Collaborative caching for accelerated content delivery
  • Local object caching for local bandwidth savings

Policy Management
Policy Management

  • Rules apply globally or to users, groups, or IP addresses
  • Complex rules combining multiple restriction and exception types
  • User-controlled rule execution order
  • Customizable block pages and alerts
  • Blocking override by password
  • Establish usage thresholds by schedule, bandwidth, requests, or browsing time
  • Coaching, or soft blocking, to warn users

Reporting
Reporting

  • Comprehensive web-based reporting across entire organization
  • Graphical dashboard summary
  • Customizable summary and detailed reports
  • Immediate interactive reports or scheduled delivery
  • User-based browsing time reports
  • Real-time, interactive forensics log reporting
  • Exportable to PDF, XML, or CSV
  • Drill-down reporting to navigate to more detail

Deployments:

Barracuda Web Security Service Technology

Barracuda Web Security Service is a cloud solution that protects organizations against web-based malware, filters web content and provides visibility about web activity through features for monitoring and reporting. It provides these capabilities through a cloud platform that was purpose-engineered for web security and policy enforcement in highly distributed network environments. Barracuda Web Security Service enforces Internet usage policies by blocking access to undesirable web content and Internet applications while protecting networks against spyware downloads, spyware websites and viruses. By leveraging the cloud, Barracuda Web Security Service provides central management of security and policies for all users regardless of their locations on and off the network including remote locations and mobile users. Barracuda Web Security Service gives administrators clear visibility into web use and security issues then gives them the powerful policy enforcement tools needed to isolate users from Internet threats, conserve network bandwidth and filter web content for compliance and productivity. With award-winning features and a simple pricing model, Barracuda Web Security Service is the easy, affordable way for organizations to provide uniform web security to all users and locations.

Flexible Deployment

Primarily a cloud service, Barracuda Web Security Service offers a variety of deployment options to perfectly customize web filtering to any network environment. Web traffic can be forwarded directly to the cloud proxy with minimal configuration. Remote users can be filtered using software agents and the new Barracuda Safe Browser app for iPhones and iPads that transparently redirect web traffic to the cloud proxy. Gateway appliances can be optionally deployed to complement the cloud service by providing advanced application control, caching and granular identity management. Barracuda Web Security Service can be deployed using combinations of the cloud service, apps, and gateways with administrators managing all deployment options through a unified management portal in the cloud.

Centralized Management and Reporting

Barracuda Web Security Service's intuitive cloud portal provides centralized control over all aspects of the service. From the portal, administrators can configure web access policies, monitor web use and generate aggregated reports across any number of sites and users. All deployment options are managed through the portal as well. For more granular control, administration can be delegated to users with specific roles (like report generation and policy management) and assigned control over specific users and groups. The cloud-based management framework makes it easy to implement a uniform web security policy in highly distributed environments.

Barracuda Web Security Service Architecture

Real-Time Threat ProtectionReal-Time Threat Protection:
Barracuda Web Security Service provides several ways to create and enforce granular policies for specific users and groups. Administrators can automatically upload user and group information from their directory servers using the Barracuda Directory Synch Tool or import user data in LDIF files. Domain and remote users can be transparently identified when enforcing policies. Barracuda Web Security Gateways transparently authenticate domain users by integrating with authentication servers on the network. Barracuda Web Security Service gateway appliances integrate with popular LDAP directory servers including Microsoft Active Directory, Novell eDirectory and IBM Lotus Domino Directory. Gateways also support NTLM and Kerberos schemes to authenticate users with their Microsoft Windows credentials. This is particularly useful in terminal services, Network Address Translation (NAT) and other thin client environments such as Citrix where multiple client computers share a single IP address. Also, the Barracuda Web Security Agent and the Barracuda Safe Browser app forward user credentials when redirecting traffic from remote computers to the cloud service. This enforces the same policies whether users are on or off the network.
Remote and Mobile User FilteringRemote and Mobile User Filtering:
Barracuda Web Security Service extends protection to remote and mobile users through the Barracuda Web Security Agent (WSA), a downloadable client installed on off-network Windows and Mac computers. With the WSA installed, web traffic from off-network client computers is transparently filtered through the Barracuda Web Security Service. Web browsing policies applied to users on the network are also enforced on off-network users. In addition to forwarding web traffic, the WSA also provides local control over applications. The WSA can be centrally configured through the cloud portal. It is tamper-proof once installed on client computers. For iPhones and iPads, users can download the Barracuda Safe Browser app. It is a full-featured mobile browser. It enforces policies for user access to web content while providing a secure Internet browsing environment.
Content FilteringContent Filtering:
Recreational web browsing can degrade employee productivity and expose the network to malware. Barracuda Web Security Service lets administrators regulate access to websites using 95 content categories. Administrators can block, accept, warn or log access to domains based on an organization's policies. Barracuda Web Security Service can use the "safe search" filtering features built into image search engines and automatically rewrite URLs for image searches to restrict objectionable content. Barracuda Web Security Service also regulates access to over 50 web applications such as communication and instant messaging clients, P2P and file-sharing software and streaming media. This control lets organizations boost user productivity, optimize use of bandwidth, secure the network and block exposure to inappropriate content.

Option For On-Premises Protection:
Barracuda Web Security Service sets the standard for deployment flexibility. Besides the cloud service and agents, it offers the Barracuda Web Security Gateway appliance as an option for on-premises web security. This appliance integrates with network directory services. It also locally caches web content to save bandwidth and provide advanced layer 7 application control. The gateway can provide local security and policy enforcement or forward traffic to the cloud proxy. Administrators manage and configure these gateway appliances through the same central cloud portal as the cloud service and the agents. Gateways can be deployed with the cloud service, safe browser apps and software agents for true hybrid web security.

Option For On-Premises Protection

Transparent User Authentication:
Barracuda Web Security Service provides several ways to create and enforce granular policies for specific users and groups. Administrators can automatically upload user and group information from their directory servers using the Barracuda Directory Synch Tool or import user data in LDIF files. Domain and remote users can be transparently identified when enforcing policies. Barracuda Web Security Gateways transparently authenticate domain users by integrating with authentication servers on the network. Barracuda Web Security Service gateway appliances integrate with popular LDAP directory servers including Microsoft Active Directory, Novell eDirectory and IBM Lotus Domino Directory. Gateways also support NTLM and Kerberos schemes to authenticate users with their Microsoft Windows credentials. This is particularly useful in terminal services, Network Address Translation (NAT) and other thin client environments such as Citrix where multiple client computers share a single IP address. Also, the Barracuda Web Security Agent forwards user credentials when redirecting traffic from remote computers to the cloud service. This enforces the same policies whether users are on or off the network.

Transparent User Authentication

Policy Management:
Barracuda Web Security Service has a powerful policy engine that supports creating granular rules that can be applied to users, groups and IP address ranges. The policy engine's URL categories can be combined with allow lists (whitelists) and block lists (blacklists) to regulate access to websites. Administrators can fine tune access policies by creating complex rules to regulate upload and download of specific content types or file extensions on websites. For example, an administrator can let users access social networking sites, but restrict content uploads. In addition, thresholds for web use can be set based on time factors, connections and bandwidth. Administrators have full control over the rules' order of execution. Administrators can also individualize the user experience with custom blockpage messages, email alerts and override passwords.

Policy Management

Cloud-Based ReportingCloud-Based Reporting:
Barracuda Web Security Service provides cloud-based monitoring and reporting for clear visibility into web and threat activity. An interactive dashboard in the cloud UI provides a high-level overview of web use and security across any number of locations and users protected by the service. From the dashboard, administrators can quickly drill down to detailed real-time forensic information about the web activity of specific users. In addition to real-time visibility, Barracuda Web Security Service provides over 50 different reports on all aspects of web use including user activity, time spent, bandwidth and security. Reports can be viewed ad-hoc or scheduled for recurring automatic email delivery. By storing all report and log data securely in the cloud, Barracuda Web Security Service makes it fast and easy to view Internet use aggregated across locations and remote users without any added software or hardware or performing any database administration.
SSL FilteringSSL Filtering:
Barracuda Web Security Service filters content in SSL traffic without decrypting it and exposing it to security risks. HTTPS traffic directly proxied to the service is filtered using information in the web request. Alternately, the Barracuda Web Security Gateway monitors Domain Name System (DNS) traffic generated by HTTPS requests and stores an internal database mapping IP addresses to domain names. Using this database, the gateway can apply policies based on the IP address without decrypting the traffic to identify domain names.

Cloud Infrastructure:

Barracuda Web Security Service is purpose built as a true SaaS solution on a global, multi-tenant platform that delivers high-performance, high-availability services to users.

High Availability

1. High Availability

With processing centers on six continents, Barracuda Web Security Service handles billions of web requests every month from customers in more than 50 countries. Barracuda Web Security Service's network infrastructure has redundant, high-speed connections to major Internet backbones for unmatched reliability. The platform includes intelligent route-optimization technology that dynamically identifies the best paths for web traffic. The Barracuda network operations center continuously monitors traffic to and from our data centers as well as the data flow within the data centers. Barracuda Web Security Service's data centers are SAS 70 compliant facilities designed for redundancy, fast disaster recovery and the highest throughputs available.

Low Latency

2. Low Latency

Barracuda Web Security Service's massively scalable, multi-tenant service infrastructure ensures users don't experience delays while web browsing. A blend of traffic processing centers and processing nodes around the world ensure the fastest, most reliable performance in the industry. The processing nodes provide proxies and security scanning while traffic processing centers separately handle reporting and archival logs ensuring high-speed throughput. When users connect to Barracuda Web Security Service, the globally load-balanced architecture automatically routes them to the fastest processing node based on distance and network latency.

Data Security

3. Data Security

In addition to high availability and low latency, the Barracuda Web Security Service cloud infrastructure provides the highest level of privacy and security. Network and application security is seamlessly integrated into the platform architecture and software. All server-to-server data communications are encrypted with industry standard technologies including secure HTTP and SSL. Data communications between the service and end users can also be SSL protected using certificates signed by industry standard root authorities. The data centers are secured by robust 24x7 physical security.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Barracuda Web Security Service?

The Barracuda Web Security Service is a cloud-based service that provides high-performance web filtering. Starting with a massively scalable SaaS cloud platform servicing customers in fifty countries, the Barracuda Web Security Service also offers optional gateway appliances and software agents. These deployment options enable centrally managed web filtering that can be precisely configured to a wide range of requirements; filtering all web users’ computers regardless of their location.

How do I deploy the Barracuda Web Security Service?

Cloud filtering: Cloud filtering directly proxies web traffic to the cloud. This is accomplished using browser proxy settings or by forwarding traffic from any network firewall or proxy that can forward to an upstream proxy.

Web Security Gateways: Optional on-site gateway appliances integrate with directory services to define web filtering policies for locations and local groups. These gateways also locally cache web content to boost network performance and save bandwidth. Administrators transparently manage gateways and cloud services through the same cloud interface. Barracuda Web Security Gateways are available as hardware or virtual appliances.

Web Security Agents: The Barracuda Web Security Agent is lightweight, tamper-proof client software. Web security agents enforce access and security policies on all web traffic from laptops and remote desktops through the cloud web filtering service.

How do I create a web policy enforceable across all locations and users?

A deployment might put a gateway appliance at the headquarters, use cloud filtering to proxy traffic from satellite locations and use web security agents to filter mobile web users. Simply log into the cloud portal and configure a rule. The Barracuda Web Security Service automatically propagates the rule to the cloud service, the gateway and agents.

What types of policies does the Barracuda Web Security Service Provide?

This cloud service provides advanced URL filtering and application control over IM, VoIP, P2P file sharing, and streaming media. The Barracuda Web Security Service delivers advanced features for policy management like access control over file types and 97 content types, data loss prevention, as well as bandwidth and time restrictions.

Can I create user- and group-specific policies?

Yes. The Barracuda Web Security Service lets administrators customize policies for specific users, groups, and IP address ranges in the organization. Administrators also can establish use thresholds by schedule, bandwidth, requests, and browsing time.

How do I report on distributed users and locations?

The Barracuda Web Security Service transparently aggregates data from the cloud web filter as well as any optional gateways and agents in use for streamlined, central reporting. Administrators can generate detailed reports on all aspects of Internet use in real time and schedule them for automatic delivery with no database administration needed.

Pricing Notes:

Barracuda Web Security Service Edition
Web Security Service Account - 1 Year
Barracuda Web Security Service Account, 1 Year User License, 50-250 users
Includes Advanced Threat Detection
#BWU100a-w12
Our Price: $12.00
Barracuda Web Security Service Account, 1 Year User License, 250-999 users
Includes Advanced Threat Detection
#BWU200a­w12
Our Price: $10.75
Barracuda Web Security Service Account, 1 Year User License, 1000-2499 users
Includes Advanced Threat Detection
#BWU300a­w12
Our Price: $10.25

For more than 2,499 users, please use our Quote Request Form!

Web Security Service Account - 3 Year
Barracuda Web Security Service Account, 3 Year User License, 50-250 users
Includes Advanced Threat Detection
#BWU100a-w36
Our Price: $34.25
Barracuda Web Security Service Account, 3 Year User License, 250-999 users
Includes Advanced Threat Detection
#BWU200a­w36
Our Price: $30.75
Barracuda Web Security Service Account, 3 Year User License, 1000-2499 users
Includes Advanced Threat Detection
#BWU300a­w36
Our Price: $29.25

For more than 2,499 users, please use our Quote Request Form!

Web Security Service Account - 5 Year
Barracuda Web Security Service Account, 5 Year User License, 50-250 users
Includes Advanced Threat Detection
#BWU100a-w60
Our Price: $54.00
Barracuda Web Security Service Account, 5 Year User License, 250-999 users
Includes Advanced Threat Detection
#BWU200a­w60
Our Price: $48.50
Barracuda Web Security Service Account, 5 Year User License, 1000-2499 users
Includes Advanced Threat Detection
#BWU300a­w60
Our Price: $46.25

For more than 2,499 users, please use our Quote Request Form!