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Barracuda: Securing Organizations’ Wide Range of Threat Vectors


The cyber breaches and incidents of data theft increasingly put not just individual companies but also entire supply chains at risk. As a result, supply chain managers need to understand how cyber security problems at the suppliers could affect them, and take steps to mitigate those risks and innovate in order to keep the defense strategies ahead of the potential risks. Aligning right in the gap between requirement and supply is California headquartered Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA) with its Indian headquarters in Bangalore.

Next-Generation Firewalls for the Cloud Era
Since its inception in 2003, Barracuda has been observing the problems that plague IT administrators and believes that instead of looking at specific attacks and creating remediation solution, a better approach would be to look at the areas from where the attack may come in and secure the respective attack vector. Following the same, Barracuda Network recommends a Federated Security Architecture where a centralized control layer can interact and integrate with security enforcers for different attack vectors. The company renders best-of-breed security products that secure the organization's threat vectors – email, web applications, remote access, web browsing, mobile Internet, and network perimeters whether on premises or in the cloud. Also, serving the network issues, the Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series is a family of hardware, virtual, and cloud-based appliances designed to protect a company’s highly dispersed network infrastructure.

For new threats emerging in cyber space, the organization offers Barracuda Central that quickly responds to early outbreaks and delivers the latest definitions through Barracuda Energize Updates. Barracuda Central collects data from more than 150,000 collections points worldwide and analyzes it to develop defenses, rules, and signatures. The entire range of company’s products are supported by Barracuda Central, a 24x7 advanced security operations center that works continuously to monitor and block the latest
Internet threats.

Barracuda Web Security Gateway lets organizations benefit from online applications and tools without the exposure to web-borne malware and viruses, lost user productivity, and misused bandwidth. Through this solution, administrators can 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. Also, by integrating Layer 7 protocol analysis with policy controls, the Barracuda Web Security Gateway enables complete control over application usage.

Today open source technologies have been heralded in security applications because of the scrutiny and ongoing contributions from security researchers worldwide. Therefore, the use of open source enables R&D teams to focus on technologies that add customer value beyond the commodity functions. “We're always looking to grow with channel partners committed to providing customers with state-of-art products, service and support”, states Anshuman Singh, Director, Product Management of Application Security, Barracuda Networks.

With a clear focus to deliver strategic solutions like WAF, Message Archiving and Next Generation Firewall to large enterprise businesses, the organization strives to expand its channel community. This being the vision driving the company forward, one can fairly expect Barracuda to become a key player in the cyber security space in India.