Barracuda Web Security Gateway

Barracuda Web Security Gateway

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Barracuda Web Security Gateway


What is Barracuda Web Security Gateway?

Barracuda Web Security Gateways now available in the 200 through 1000 series provide web content filtering as well as access and advanced threat protection, and are available as physical appliances, virtual appliances, or as a SaaS.
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8 out of 10
December 27, 2017
We are resellers of the Barracuda Web Filter. Our clients use the Barracuda Web Filter for several reasons. Content filtering, web usage …
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What is Barracuda Web Security Gateway?

Barracuda Web Security Gateways now available in the 200 through 1000 series provide web content filtering as well as access and advanced threat protection, and are available as physical appliances, virtual appliances, or as a SaaS.

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What is Barracuda Web Security Gateway?

The Barracuda Web Security Gateway is designed to let organizations benefit from online applications and tools without exposure to web-borne malware and viruses, lost user productivity, and misused bandwidth. As a comprehensive solution for web security and management, it unites award-winning spyware, malware, and virus protection with a policy and reporting engine. Advanced features ensure that organizations adapt to emerging requirements like social-network regulation, remote filtering, and visibility into SSL-encrypted traffic.

Barracuda Web Security Gateway Features

  • Supported: Hardened and Secure OS
  • Supported: Content Filtering
  • Supported: Advanced Policy Creation
  • Supported: Network Threat Protection
  • Supported: Spyware Removal
  • Supported: Summary Reports
  • Supported: Role-Based Administration
  • Supported: Advanced Threat Protection

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Barracuda Web Security Gateway Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Barracuda Web Security Gateways now available in the 200 through 1000 series provide web content filtering as well as access and advanced threat protection, and are available as physical appliances, virtual appliances, or as a SaaS.

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Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 9.5.

The most common users of Barracuda Web Security Gateway are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We currently use the Barracuda Web Security Gateway across our entire company and organization. It allows our organization to benefit to use online applications, websites, tools, downloads, etc., without exposure to web-borne malware and viruses. We can control what areas or sites users are allowed to visit, as well as monitor user sites/domains visited, time spent, bandwidth used. For us, bandwidth can be easily consumed by a few users or a division and we always want to control it.
  • Control of domains/sites allowed for access. We can be sure our users are not using their online activity to accidentally, or intentionally, to go to malicious, threatening, intolerance, hate, or pornography.
  • Reporting is easy and informative. Reports allow you to summarize for specific time periods, and then drill down to see time spent, or bandwidth used.
  • Blocking and/or allowing instantly for a specific user or groups is easily done and takes effect immediately.
  • I don't think I have anything to mention here. The Barracuda Web Security Gateway does everything we need it to do.

We used to have about 2-3 PC's a month being infected from users browsing to undesirable sites. This was taking a huge toll on my IT resources. Since implementing the Barracuda Web Security Gateway we have, maybe, one PC infected a year. Incredible improvement!

We also had an HR incident with an employee being accused of looking at pornography while at work. After reviewing the Barracuda Web Security logs, we determined the user did not, and could not, browse to any pornographic websites. This cleared the accused employee of the false allegations and also allowed us to take action against the employee who made the false allegations.

Barracuda support is always available, 24/7. They are always friendly, supportive, and follow-up with anything they promise. Any ticket that is opened is touched constantly by the support team until it is remedied.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Barracuda Web Security and Filtering is used across most of our company. It provides a layer of security needed by restricting access to websites that are malicious, or have their use prohibited on the company network. It can provide logs of web activity if required, so for example you can keep a track of anyone that has tried to access prohibited sites. There are a number of options available to allow/block sites, which can allow you to be quite flexible in access control.
  • It can integrate with active directory to place restrictions based on a specific user or group if required - or alternatively to allow a user/group to access more on the web if needed.
  • The application blocking features have been especially useful in our enterprise, and there is a large number of applications & web applications available to block/allow as needed.
  • More configuration in the reporting options would be helpful; there are a number of reports available to run, however more options for customisation would be useful.
  • The ability to add a list of domains/URL patterns to whitelist or block would be beneficial; while you can do a bulk edit, you can't just copy and paste the URLs in, you have to modify the line of text so that it matches the format, and adds it to the list. The ability to just import a list of addresses would be a huge time saver.
Because of the range of devices available, Barracuda Web Security and Filtering can be suitable for many sizes of business, and is quite reasonable in terms of cost for each device as well. They do need some degree of technical knowledge to initially configure, however some of the ongoing configuration could be done by someone with less technical knowledge if needed, as adding sites to block/white lists is quite a simple task. This could be beneficial in smaller environments where you might not have a big IT team to support the network. Also because they can provide restrictions based on AD users or groups, it would be very useful in any environment where different departments have different requirements; for example if you want one department to only be able to access a few specific sites, whereas another department could have more access to a range of sites.
Barracuda support have also been excellent when we have had to contact them. The only time we had a hardware issue on a device (and that device was about 8 years old) it was replaced within about 24 hours of reporting it. Generally there has not been much need to contact their support, as once the device is in and set up, it just works.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use a Barracuda Web Filter at multiple locations here in the US. It is used to help prevent users from accessing malicious sites. It is also used to lock down different user groups from accessing certain websites and applications. This is done through the filter and Active Directory users and groups.
  • Provides an easy to use weblog that is searchable by a number of different criteria.
  • Blocks malicious sites and helps prevent malicious downloads.
  • Gives you multiple ways to set up policies. You can use content filtering, block certain applications, certain domains, and web applications.
  • Easy to export policy and import to another filter at a different location.
  • There are 2 different policies; authenticated and unauthenticated. Sometimes the filter does not pick up the user that is logged in. When this happens, that user could potentially access sites that would normally be blocked.
  • Sometimes blocking one thing could block something you need. We had an instance where we use remote software. We block BitTorrent but for some reason, the filter was seeing this remote software as BitTorrent traffic. I got support on the line and we were eventually able to figure out a solution.
  • We put in certain applications. One of them is supposed to be blocked but a lot of the time it doesn't get blocked.
I think it is well suited for all companies. The only difference would be on the size and model of the device you would want to go with. I have not had too many problems with this device and the support has been very helpful. It is also usually pretty quick.
I have had to call support a number of times. Each time they were pretty fast at getting back to me. Once I had them on the phone I was able to give them access to the device so they could see what was going on in the back end. We have been able to work to resolve issues in a timely manner.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
We are resellers of the Barracuda Web Filter. Our clients use the Barracuda Web Filter for several reasons. Content filtering, web usage tracking (by site/category/user), security measures, reporting, bandwidth usage and compliance. Not only do our clients benefit from the features listed, but it also keeps employees on track by limiting them to work-related websites, and/or only granting access to specific types of Internet during certain hours (ex. during lunch hour Facebook is accessible) or access to specific people/departments.
  • Content filtering
  • Security
  • Reporting
  • Ease of setup
  • 4 year refresh cycle
  • It may be a tough sell, as a lot of firewalls have some type of content filter built in (but the Barracuda Web Filter is exponentially better)
  • It may be cost prohibitive for a smaller company
  • It will likely need an engineer to properly install/configure it
For a larger organization, this is a must. It provides insight into what the users are doing online and most malicious sites will no longer be accessible if access is denied. This can also give access to non-work related sites, but in a limited capacity, based on user or time of day. Though a smaller company would benefit from the features, it may be cost prohibitive.
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
I have implemented Web Filter appliances for clients when they are needing to perform thorough Content Filtering. The Web Filter appliance does an amazing job of producing detailed reports of web usage as well as blocking / allowing websites for different groups of users across an organization.
  • Extremely detailed Content Filtering allows for customized access based on Username or Security Group within Active Directory or simple IP Address filtering.
  • Reporting features to review website usage, duration, and frequency. Executives love to review these reports to determine employee productivity.
  • Useful categories of websites to blanket stop access to social media, shopping, gaming, etc.
  • As a web filtering appliance, it truly does not have any flaws. There are multiple appliances based on throughout and storage space. As long as the appliance is adequately sized it works very well.
  • Pricing could be a consideration. There are many products that perform thorough Content Filtering, but this is the "Cadillac" of Content Filtering for companies that want thorough reporting.
The only reason one would not choose a Barracuda Web Filter is due to pricing limitations. There are many firewalls and appliances that perform Content Filtering, but this is the best solution for long-term storage of data for reporting on web usage.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Barracuda web filter is being used by our Retail division to limit internet access to certain websites. This is a great tool with an easy to use interface that you can log into to monitor web browsing activities from your end user. There are many great features within the the management interface to whitelist and blacklist certain sites and also grant access to specific users. The web filter works great at limiting certain categories of websites without denying access to those that are needed.
  • The ability to whitelist and blacklist websites easily
  • The ability to see which end user prompted an alert and which web page they attempted to access clearly.
  • Compatibility with many different web browsers
  • They can work on the interface a bit more. Other products are a bit easier to work with.
  • Can use more categories to choose from to really narrow down specific sites
  • Other products have built in functionality to limit hardware usage for example, lock down CD Rom drives but not sure if Barracuda is capable of that
Barracuda is really great to use in the corporate environment but it has a slight learning curve. Once you have a solid list of sites to white and black list, you just set it and you are good to go as long as all web traffic passes through it. As always, the only place the web filter will have issues is with your web development team as it will block access to sites they may need to get to for downloading tools etc that may be flagged as malware.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use the Barracuda Web Filter server as our primary device to control access to websites used by our employees. All web requests are scanned by the device for content, blacklists from Barracuda, and our own internal blacklist. Our primary firewalls can also do web content filtering, but we were limited to the number of groups that could be used. Barracuda allows us to get down to the individual level for access/denial.
  • Easy reporting.
  • Allows customization down to the individual level.
  • Setting up specific rules for a website or user can be confusing.
  • Would like to be able to create a rule from the usage log. Example: Find a site that should not be allowed, right click on it, and have the option to create a rule from the information already found.
Barracuda Web Filter is best suited for what it was built - filtering web access.
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