Barracuda Firewall Insights Keeps SD-WAN Secure and Optimized

Barracuda is no stranger to SD-WAN – they are one of the original innovators in the space. We interviewed Darius Goodall at SD-WAN Expo 2018 and discussed the company’s vision and strategy and their move to cloud firewalls.

Darius Goodall with Barracuda discusses the company’s SD-WAN products and the bang for the buck they provide

They have announced the introduction of Barracuda Firewall Insights, an advanced security analytics platform that ingests, aggregates, and analyzes data automatically from any Barracuda CloudGen Firewall deployed in an organization’s network, including public cloud deployments.

To keep their organizations secure and connected, IT professionals need to continuously assess the effectiveness of their security measures and WAN performance. But with so much data coming from so many places in a variety of formats, this can be a time-consuming, manual process. Barracuda Firewall Insights automates these challenging tasks.

Thorsten Stoeterau of Barracuda Networks at SD-WAN Expo/ITEXPO 2019 explains the company’s various cybersecurity initiatives including spear phishing mitigation, training and of course, SD-WAN.

Customers have access to dynamic availability information on SD-WAN connections, transport data, security, and web- and network-traffic details. This helps customers schedule, gather, consolidate, and analyze data produced by all Barracuda CloudGen Firewall appliances deployed in an organization’s network in order to gain insight. In order to track what is happening, all reports are customizable for individual timeframes and can include all or just a subset of the deployed firewalls.

Klaus Gheri, VP, Network Security, Barracuda

“By automating the complex processes of consolidating and analyzing the vast amount of data available across an extended WAN, Barracuda Firewall Insights helps IT administrators save time while making it easy to keep their systems optimized and secure,” said Klaus Gheri, VP, Network Security, Barracuda. “We want to help customers streamline network management and security operations.”

“Operating a dispersed wide area network with hundreds to thousands of next-generation firewalls requires a centralized reporting and analytics solution,” said Christian Ueblbacher, Head of Security Solutions, Kapsch BusinessCom AG.

Barracuda Firewall Insights can be added to any CloudGen Firewall deployment option – hardware appliances, virtual appliances, and cloud firewalls for Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform.

What impressed us most is Firewall Insights can ingest security, application flow, and connectivity data from hundreds or even thousands of firewalls on an extended wide area network. Finally, it aggregates and analyzes information from all firewalls on a network — regardless of whether they are hardware, virtual, or cloud-based deployments.

This is a big step forward for SD-WAN and Barracuda customers.

Learn about the latest in everything business tech… UCaaS, the Channel, IT, IOT, Edge, Cybersecurity, AI, SD-WAN, and the Future of Work at the world’s only SD-WAN Expo, part of the ITEXPO #TechSuperShow, Feb 12-14, 2020 Fort Lauderdale, FL.


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