The Barracuda NG Firewall is a family of hardware and virtual appliances designed to protect network infrastructure, improve site-to-site connectivity and simplify administration of network operations. Beyond its powerful network firewall and VPN technologies, the Barracuda NG Firewall integrates a comprehensive set of next generation firewall technologies, including Layer 7 application profiling, intrusion prevention, Web filtering, anti-virus, and anti-spam and network access control.
Integrated content security
Barracuda NG Firewall integrates a comprehensive set of next generation firewall technologies, including Web filtering, malware protection, intrusion prevention, anti-spam protection and Layer 7 application profiling.
Network access control
Barracuda NG Firewalls include licenses for an unlimited number of IPSec site-to-site connections and IPSec clients through the Barracuda NG VPN Client. NAC allows enforcement of minimum Windows client security prerequisites before being allowed access to the network or access to a quarantine network. Security posture can be specified according to available Windows patch level, availability of anti-virus and/or anti-spyware and user ID. The Barracuda NG network access client also adds support for 802.1x port based security for 802.1x enabled routers and switches.
Optimization of intelligent traffic flow across the WAN
The Barracuda NG Firewall provides application-aware traffic management and prioritization across the WAN, featuring adaptive routing based on network traffic conditions and link status. In addition, through Barracuda NG control center, administrators can efficiently monitor VPN tunnels and firewall status.
Industry leading centralized management capabilities
To centralize management across many different firewalls and remote access users, the Barracuda NG control center enables administrators to configure security and network access policies, control firmware update revisions, and manage user settings. Template-based configuration and globally available security objects enable efficient configuration across thousands of locations. The Barracuda NG control center supports multiple administrators simultaneously - even within the same configuration tree. Highly customizable administrative roles can be defined to delegate administrative capabilities for specific departments or locations.
Quick troubleshooting for network administrators
All Barracuda NG control center and Barracuda NG firewall appliances come with extensive network connectivity troubleshooting and visualization tools. Even for large networks it typically only takes a few mouse clicks to analyze and remediate a problem in the central audit log or access cache screen.
Layer 7 application profiling
Next generation firewalls utilizing Layer 7 application profiling can identify and enforce policy on more sophisticated applications, which may hide their traffic inside otherwise "safe" port/protocols such as HTTP. Skype and peer-to-peer (P2P) applications are particularly notorious for requiring Layer 7 application profiling for policy enforcement. The Barracuda NG Firewall integrates Layer 7 application profiling into its core firewall functions, enabling enforcement of policy based on user ID, security posture, location and time of day. Policy actions can include blocking, allowing, throttling, or even enabling or disabling of specific application features.
The Barracuda NG Firewall includes a client-to-site as well as site-to-site virtual private network (VPN) service to allow safe, encrypted communication over the Internet. Every Barracuda NG Firewall model includes an unlimited number of VPN client licenses.