Organizations are increasingly moving to Microsoft Azure, and the recent rise in distributed workforces has accelerated the pace. Just a few years ago, most applications were lifted and shifted from on-premises to the cloud before companies started to favor deploying cloud-native applications. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing more employees to work from home, the lift-and-shift approach to the cloud has once again gained momentum.
Tushar Richabadas, Senior Product Manager – Application Security, Barracuda, explains how Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service, available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, addresses some of the security issues caused by a rapid shift to the cloud from on-premises:
Companies are moving to the cloud faster than ever to accommodate the surge of employees working from home. Applications that were previously accessible only over a company’s intranet must now be accessible from the internet. However, security can often take a back seat when providing a distributed workforce with fast application access – causing problems later.
One such problem is possible security gaps. This necessitates products that secure deployments in the journey to the cloud. Starting from secure remote access to protecting against application attacks and DDoS, enterprises need solutions that are easy to deploy and fully automated for rapid deployments.
Barracuda CloudGen WAF for Azure and Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service protect web, mobile, and API applications against all application attacks, including zero-day attacks, DDoS attacks, and malicious bot attacks. Their Advanced Bot Protection capability uses Azure Machine Learning to identify and block advanced almost-human bots and account-takeover attempts.
Looking for a solution your organization will manage? Barracuda CloudGen WAF for Azure can offload authentication and help enforce two-factor authentication (2FA), single sign-on (SSO), and multi-domain SSO. It can also communicate with Azure Active Directory, Active Directory Federation Services, or any LDAP, RADIUS, SAML, or OpenID Connect solution to provide access control to applications.
If you have a distributed workforce that needs to access applications from geo-dispersed locations, Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service offers the same proven application security, but as a service hosted on Azure. Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service is deployed in every Azure region worldwide and allows users to add endpoints to the regions closest to their customers and/or workforce to provide fast and secure application access.
Barracuda solutions for Azure are built to work in a near-native manner. CloudGen WAF for Azure delivers complete application security and integrates closely with Azure services, including virtual machine scale sets, Azure Active Directory, log analytics, Event Hubs, and more. Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service is built on Azure and provides the same level of security, as a service.
As e-commerce and distributed workforces continue to grow around the world, ensure your organization provides customers and remote employees with secure, reliable access to the applications they need to keep business moving forward.
Learn more about Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service and see a product demo in this on-demand webinar featuring Keith Vidal, Director Business Program Management, Microsoft; Nitzan Miron VP Product Management, Application Security, Barracuda Networks; and Shab Jahan, Product Marketing Manager, Public Cloud, Barracuda Networks.