We recently received a question that made me wonder if we really were in 2016 – “Can the Barracuda Web Application Firewall block users from performing right-click -> View Source?”. For an instant, it took me back to the early 2000’s where every method of “protection” was being implemented – including blocking right-click to prevent people from either viewing the source of a web page, or downloading a file on the page. The question this time was more in-line with trying to secure the website. If right-click and View Source are blocked, then the attacker cannot see the source code of the web page. This will mean that they cannot figure out how to “hack” us, or steal our source code.
The content security team is pleased to announce a series of updates to the Barracuda Web Security Gateway (WSG) product line. The details are in this press release.
The Barracuda WSG provides comprehensive web security and management. It offers dozens of features and benefits including spyware and virus protection, application control, content filtering, Barracuda Advanced Threat Detection, and more. There are several models to choose from, and it’s available as a physical or virtual appliance.
Cyberbullying is a thorny problem for K-12 IT professionals. While the educational benefits of allowing students to access online resources are invaluable, it creates an environment that makes it easy for cyberbullying to get out of control. The potential damage to young minds and lives is well understood. So is the potential liability if the school or its IT practices are judged to be at fault in a serious incident.
October 2016 is the tenth national Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. It’s a perfect time to review the measures you have in place to identify and prevent cyberbullying that involves your network and/or devices.
I recently talked about the different types of cyberbullying. One of the most effective and powerful tools to mitigate the risks of all types of cyberbullying within your school is the award-winning Barracuda Web Security Gateway appliance (formerly Barracuda Web Filter).
We are pleased to announce that Barracuda Web Security Gateway version 10.0 is now available. This latest firmware version adds SSL Inspection capabilities to certain hardware models. You can see the release notes here for more details.
With version 10.0, Barracuda Web Security Gateway 410 hardware appliance now includes full SSL Inspection while the Barracuda Web Security Gateway 310 hardware appliance now includes a Safe Search feature. As the use of online transactions and web-enabled apps have increased, SSL traffic has exploded on the Internet. SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is a cryptographic protocol that establishes an encrypted link between two points. This encryption is required to keep the transmitted data private from unauthorized parties that may be attempting to intercept the traffic. Encryption like this is standard for external facing websites and apps, like Google Apps, Facebook, Amazon, and more. SSL encryption may also be deployed internally as an added security layer for a company.
According to Gartner and other leading IT industry analysts, Google Chromebook deployments continue to rise in the K-12 market. Just recently it was noted that Chromebooks were now the leading devices in K-12 schools, covering over 50% of the market nationwide. With the huge expansion of Chromebook deployments for use both on and off campus, IT admins need to have the ability to easily and quickly enforce content security policies.
In the past it was easy to deploy remote filtering on PCs, Macs, and most mobile devices, but the browser-based configuration and lack of an operating system made Chromebooks difficult to manage. You cannot install software the same way as you can on a traditional laptop or mobile device. To solve this problem, Barracuda is excited to announce Barracuda Chromebook Security Extension. Now for the first time, the Barracuda Web Security Gateway offers a plug-in for Chromebooks that enables the enforcement of policies when the devices are both on and off the network.
Along with the Barracuda Chromebook Security Extension, Barracuda has also launched expanded SSL inspection capability on additional Barracuda Web Security Gateway models. Because of the fact that two-thirds of web traffic today is SSL encrypted, we know it is paramount for a web proxy infrastructure to have the ability to decrypt SSL traffic. You need to have the ability to inspect and manage online content normally hidden by SSL, such as that found in social media, web-based email, and search engines. You can enforce policies on entire platforms, or enable more granular access controls.
Ransomware has been dominating the news for several weeks, and is likely to stay in the news for most of the year. Ransomware is a distinct type of cyber attack, in that it extorts payment from the victim in exchange for allowing access to something that was encrypted in the attack. The most prevalent type of malware used in this kind of crime is ‘crypto-ransomware’, which normally encrypts the files on the compromised system, and then demands a ransom in return for the ability to decrypt and recover the files. The latest iteration of crypto-ransomware is called Locky, and is the most advanced version of ransomware we have seen in the wild.