The Barracuda Web Security Service uses a continually updated database to identify and block access to sites known to host spyware and viruses. It also detects installed spyware trying to access the Internet. Upon discovery, it blocks the spyware activity and notifies the administrator. By using dual-layer virus blocking, decompressing archives, and blocking file types, the antivirus engine in the Barracuda Web Filter protects the network from aggressive viruses.
All Barracuda products are supported by Barracuda Central, a 24x7 advanced security operations center that works continuously to monitor and block the latest Internet threats. Barracuda Central collects data from more than 150,000 collection points worldwide and analyzes it to develop defenses, rules, and signatures. As new threats emerge, Barracuda Central is quick to respond to early outbreaks and delivers the latest definitions through Barracuda Energize Updates. These updates require zero administration and ensure that the Barracuda Web Security Service provides comprehensive and accurate protection against the latest Internet threats.
In addition to standard port/protocol-based policies, the Barracuda Web Security Service uses real-time deep packet inspection technology to analyze protocols independent of their port of destination servers. By integrating Layer 7 protocol analysis with policy controls, the Barracuda Web Filter enables complete control over application usage.
The Barracuda Web Security Service provides flexible controls for pinpoint regulation of online activity. Administrators can create policies that control user access to 99.7 percent of commonly visited websites using 95 content categories including pornography, violence, hacking, sports, news, dating, shopping, chat, and more. Content filtering policies can be customized to restrict specific websites or look for patterns in web addresses.
The Barracuda Web Security Service’s image/multimedia safe search feature prevents search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN from displaying objectionable thumbnail images in search results. Administrators can also create policies that control web file downloads based on their file types.
YouTube for Schools is an invaluable resource for educators, serving as a portal to a wide array of high-quality educational videos. The Barracuda Web Security Service makes it easy and safe to use this resource, by automatically redirecting all YouTube requests to the YouTube for Schools portal.
The Barracuda Web Security Service provides an intuitive dashboard interface for quick understanding of the threats and activities of users on the network that features top spyware and malware threats, application requests, and user activity.
In addition to its powerful web filtering and malware protection capabilities, the Barracuda Web Security Service allows administrators to generate reports on user and network activity as well as the latest security threats.
The Barracuda Web Security Agent (WSA) is a tamper-proof client that can be installed on remote, off-network laptops or desktops to help implement a consistent web security policy across localized and distributed workforces. The Barracuda WSA supports both Windows and Mac OS X devices.
The Barracuda Safe Browser is a full-featured web browser that enforces compliance with the policies configured. The Barracuda Safe Browser is currently available for iOS-based devices.
The Barracuda Web Security Service is integrated with the Barracuda Cloud Control (BCC) web-based management portal, which leverages Barracuda’s global cloud infrastructure to enable organizations to centrally manage all their devices through a “single pane of glass” interface. Administrators have a global view of all their devices, as well as the ability to centrally manage policies and configuration. The intuitive interface makes it easy for small and medium-sized organizations to implement and manage the firewalls with minimal IT overhead.
As a cloud-based service with an intuitive web interface, organizations are able to set configuration and administration rules in a matter of minutes. The intuitive web interface puts system information, logs, powerful policy features, and reports a few clicks away. Reporting requires no database administration.