Barracuda unveils expanded cloud functionality for firewall solutions

With more businesses moving to the cloud, solution providers are looking for new ways to protect their data.

Barracuda Networks, a US-based cloud security and protection provider, has announced expanded public cloud functionality for its Web Application Firewall and NextGen Firewall products that will make it easy for customers to migrate to the cloud. The updates allow for utility-based consumption and automated security controls for DevSecOps workflows, and gives customers cost-effective flexibility to deploy security in a wide range of environments, including cloud, hybrid, or multi-cloud.

“Perimeter-based firewalls create tightly-coupled environments that scale vertically, which makes perfect sense on-premises but is entirely the wrong model for the public cloud. This is really about using the right tool for the job,” Tim Jefferson, vice president of public cloud at Barracuda, says in a Nov. 15 press release. “Customers should look to automate the orchestration, deployment and configuration of security architectures that are loosely coupled and scale elastically. In today’s hybrid environments, customers need consistent security across on-premises and cloud-based environments—Barracuda cloud generation firewalls help address this requirement.”

Barracuda NextGen Firewall is also now available as a metered billing service in the AWS Marketplace, joining the company’s Web Application Firewall, which is available with the same service as of last year. AWS Marketplace’s service billing is a pricing structure based on actual traffic secured and total bandwidth consumed across deployed firewalls by allowing customers to build CI/CD pipelines that include their ISV partner solutions.

Barracuda customer Club Automation is using the company’s firewalls provisioned through the AWS Marketplace to help protect its apps against web-based attacks and application-layer attacks.

“The Barracuda solution plugs into our AWS environment, and is doing its job of minimizing the attack surface area and helping our customers keep club member cardholder data protected,” says Max Longin, founding partner at Club Automation.

Additionally, the REST API framework can be used to automate the configuration of the Barracuda Web Application Firewall, which now includes Puppet integration within AWS. This makes it easier for customers to integrate security controls into their cloud native apps on AWS. Increasing the velocity and reliability of their apps.

“This integration enables cloud security and operations teams to codify their firewall policies as code so they can be tested and secured as part of the overall application delivery process,” the company says in the release. “Puppet maintains the desired state of the Barracuda Web Application Firewall, automatically remediates unauthorized changes, and enables security teams to quickly identify and remediate known vulnerabilities.”

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