WAF as a Service

Introducing Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service, built on Microsoft Azure

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Web applications are a critical part of most modern businesses, but many organizations continue to overlook web application security, despite escalating threats. According to a recent Gartner report1(Gartner subscription required), “by 2023, more than 30% of public-facing web applications will be protected by cloud web application and API protection (WAAP) services that combine DDoS protection, bot mitigation, API protection and web application firewalls (WAFs). This is an increase from fewer than 10% today.”

We believe one reason for this significant gap in coverage is the complexity of managing web application firewalls and the resources required to do so. Cloud web application and API protection (WAAP) services is helping bridge this gap.

According to Gartner: “Cloud WAAP (web application and API protection) service is the evolution of cloud-delivered WAF services. Cloud WAAP service is a more comprehensive runtime protection successor to WAF appliances. It is also faster to deploy and should be easier for organizations to maintain.”

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Benefits of the new solution

The team here at Barracuda is happy to introduce a new Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service solution that is built on Microsoft Azure. As part of the Barracuda Cloud Application Protection (CAP) platform, the new WAF-as-a-Service solution is fully featured yet easy to deploy and manage, making comprehensive application security more accessible to organizations that lack the resources or skillset to tackle more complex solutions.

Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service retains all the granular controls offered in Barracuda Web Application Firewall. Plus, it can be deployed as a service within only a few clicks and protect all of an organization’s web-facing applications — within minutes.

“Customers want to consume security products without managing the underlying infrastructure which is a big benefit that a product like Barracuda’s WAFaaS brings. Here at Servent, we have integrated the Barracuda WAFaaS into our Azure Foundation offering which centres around the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure, and three pillars Security, Governance and Cost Management.” “Given that WAFaaS runs on the Microsoft Azure platform this is another big benefit for our customers and allows easier integration.”

Des McGuire, Cloud Solutions Director, Servent Ltd

“Security is the biggest challenge for customers around the world, which is why Barracuda is focused on helping Microsoft Azure customers secure their workloads,” said Nicole Napiltonia, VP of Global Alliances at Barracuda. “Our teams work closely with Microsoft’s engineering teams to create new and innovative solutions in Azure that benefit from Microsoft’s unique cloud capabilities and services like Microsoft Graph, Azure AI and Azure Machine Learning to build a more secure digital infrastructure, helping customers overcome security challenges. Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service provides local availability and easy deployment across 54 Azure regions, enabling companies to move to Azure with the knowledge that their applications, networks and data will be secure around the world.”

Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Solutions Group, Microsoft Corp. said, “Barracuda’s new WAF-as-a-Service provides Microsoft Azure customers with new ways to protect their workloads without the traditional burden associated with managing infrastructure. We look forward to continuing to work with Barracuda to help organizations operate in the cloud securely.”

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1 Gartner “Defining Cloud Web Application and API Protection Services,” Jeremy D’Hoinne, Adam Hils, 26 February 2019

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