Barracuda Unveils Cloud-Native Security to Accelerate SASE Deployments

Barracuda Networks has recently announced a cloud-native SASE platform that allows businesses to control access to data from any device, anywhere, and anytime. The platform combines the Secure Web Gateway technology, secure SD-WAN, Zero Trust Network Access, and Firewall-as-a-Service from Barracuda to achieve SASE convergence.

The Cloud-native SASE platform includes the releases of Barracuda CloudGen WAN and Barracuda CloudGen Firewall that integrate several security and network capabilities:

  • Streamlines OT-IoT deployments by allowing scalable connectivity and “top-notch” security based on unique concepts with Barracuda Secure Connector now able to work directly with CloudGen Firewall or cloud hub
  • Allows security services on customers’ cloud hubs, along with being able to run them directly on their site devices
  • Offers flexible secure remote access capabilities, reducing the latency with point-to-cloud connectivity
  • Enhances application performance by extending SD-WAN benefits, Forward Error Correction (FEC) to branches with single ISP connectivity

Other Major Developments

Barracuda is integrating its ZTNA product, Barracuda CloudGen Access, with its cloud secure web gateway product, Barracuda Content Shield. The integration of CloudGen Access and Content Shield features common identity, installation, and client.

Photo  Tim Jefferson, SVP, Engineering for Data, Network, and Application Security at Barracuda Networks
“As businesses move assets to the public cloud, it makes sense to consider going with SASE offerings that are cloud-native,” said Tim Jefferson, SVP, Engineering for Data, Network, and Application Security at Barracuda Networks.

As per Gartner’s 2021 Strategic Roadmap to SASE Convergence, work from anywhere, digitalization, and cloud-based computing have skyrocketed cloud-delivered SASE offerings to enable anywhere, anytime access from any device. Risk Management and security leaders should create a migration plan from the legacy perimeter and hardware-based offerings to a SASE model.

A recently published independent study by Barracuda mentioned that more than 80 percent of the respondents indicated that they would prefer a SASE solution that runs natively in their preferred Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud vendor instead of a third-party offering that needs yet another solution.

Businesses are already receiving increasingly complex threats and a shortage of professional staff to tackle these sorts of issues. To overcome this situation, Barracuda recently acquired SKOUT Cybersecurity to expand its portfolio with a powerful XDR platform for MSPs that is supported by a 24×7 SOC. Barracuda also combines its solutions with Open XDR platforms like Stellar Cyber. With its expanded Professional Services offerings, Barracuda can help in closing the gap in skilled staff to address the ever-evolving threat landscape.

What Officials had to say

Senior Vice President (SVP), Engineering for Data, Network and Application Security at Barracuda Networks, Tim Jefferson said that as businesses are moving assets to the public cloud, it makes sense to prefer SASE offerings that are cloud-native. He further said that there is the proximity between network access entry and where the assets are, as well as the benefit of global public cloud architecture.

Managing Director at digit solutions GmbH, Stefan Depping, said that the SASE platform from Barracuda offers values to businesses that have cloud-first priorities to move network infrastructure, security, routing, and remote access to the public cloud. He ended his statement by saying that they are looking forward to working with Barracuda and the mutual customers of both organizations and focusing on offering the best support to these customers on their SASE journey.

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